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Mahalaya Amavasye

Mahalaya Amavasye 2021, 2022 and 2023

Mahalaya Amavasye is a Hindu religious festival during which one honours or even worships one’s ancestors. Its more common designation, Pitru Paksha, literally means “fortnight of the ancestors.”

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20216 OctWedMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB
202225 SepSunMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB
202314 OctSatMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB
20242 OctWedMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The holiday extends across 16 days, from full moon to new moon, during September or October on the Western Calendar. It is a time of “propitiating” ancestral spirits and of paying homage to them in the form of food offerings, a practice referred to as “shraddha.”

The legends and beliefs behind Mahalaya Amavasye are many and complex. But the basic background is the idea that three generations of one’s ancestors go not immediately to Heaven but to a realm in between Heaven and Earth. That intermediate realm is known as “Pitru Loka.” It is believed that these ancestors visit the homes of their descendants this time of year and then “graduate” into Heaven or, at least, a step closer to it.

During Mahalaya Amavasye you will see colourful religious rituals at temples and in public places. There will be many unique sights that will create lasting memories.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202017 SepThuMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB
201928 SepSatMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB
20188 OctMonMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB
201719 SepTueMahalaya Amavasye KA, OR, TR & WB