What is Mahalaya Amavasya?
Mahalaya Amavasya is the auspicious new moon day that marks the beginning of Dussera or Navratri, the nine nights of celebration dedicated to the worship of the feminine. This year, Mahalaya Amavasya falls on 28 September, 2019.
The Significance of Mahalaya Amavasya
Sadhguru: Without the generations that came before us, firstly we would not exist here; secondly, without their contribution we would not have all the things that we have today. Today is a day when we express our gratitude to all of them. It is done as a ritual to pay homage to one’s dead parents, but is actually an expression of gratitude for all those generations of ancestors who lived before us.
Kalabhairava Shanti is a sacred ritual that can be performed after the death of a loved one, on any Amavasya night. A special annual Kalabhairava Shanti is conducted on Mahalaya Amavasya.
- A photograph of the deceased is required, along with name, date of birth or exact year of birth AND date of death or exact year of death (OR) names of both mother and father of the deceased.
- An individual photo of the deceased is needed. A group photo cannot be used for the process. The photo should have been taken when the person was alive.
- In case of abortion after 48 days or a stillborn infant, a photo of the mother (preferably taken during pregnancy) should be used instead.
- It is advised that ladies who are pregnant or on their menstrual cycle should not come for the Kalabhairava Shanti process, as it is not conducive for their wellbeing.
- One can also register for the process for the next 10 years at once.
Registration can be done at all Tamil Nadu local centers.
One can offer Annadanam on Mahalaya Amavasya and other auspicious days to thousands of people who come to the Isha Yoga Center.