Today marks the beginning of Mahalaya, which is a very powerful time to practice a ritual called tarpanam, which honors your ancestors.

To read a little background on tarpanam, check out my previous post here:

To watch a video showing a little tarpanam ritual, follow this link:

Day 1 starts today, Sept 24th, and each day’s significance is as follows:

Moon Phase or Tithi Benefits of Specific Moon Phase

1st Moon Gives Wealth

2nd Moon Grants the Continuation of Lineage

3rd Moon Gives Business Prosperity

4th Moon Gives Ability to Overpower Enemies

5th Moon Grants All- over Prosperity

6th Moon Grants a Solid Reputation

7th Moon Secures Inner Strength and Spirituality

8th Moon Blesses with Intelligence

9th Moon Open Up to Receive Support from Women

10th Moon Grants Success in Your Profession

11th Moon Grants Children Prosperity and Intelligence

12th Moon For Continuation of Lineage and Success from Education

13th and 14th Moon Get blessed with a chance to own vehicles and enjoy peace and longevity

New Moon(15th Moon) If you miss any of the above days, New Moon is mandatory. This is also an essential day for doing Tarpanam for those who died due to weapons or accidents. During this day, the known and unknown souls that have departed during the last 30 years are treated equal to God