THE Aadi Amavasai is one of the three most powerful new moon days to offer tarpanam (ancestral rituals) to honour ancestors and receive their eternal blessings.
Malaysia Hindu Sangam president Datuk RS Mohan Shan said Adi Amavasai, which fell on July 28, was believed to help ancestors’ souls attain moksha (salvation), and they, in turn, bestow their blessings to the living family members.
“Satisfying our ancestors by offering them food, water and prayers will help clear negative forces and resolve problems in our life.
“You can also feed the poor, orphans and cows on Aadi Tarpanam as it will bring good health, wealth and prosperity,” added Mohan.
The month of Aadi, which began on July 17 and ends on Aug 16, is considered highly auspicious when divine forces bless the earth with grace and answer worshippers’ prayers.
It is believed that on Aadi Amavasai, spirits are more willing to accept the offerings and are satisfied when their descendants perform tarpanam rituals for them.
Mohan also said Aadi Tarpanam could only be done by children whose both parents had died.
“Children with one parent should not perform tarpanam prayers for their ancestors,” he added.
Housewife Parameswary Krishnan said her family usually goes to the temple to offer prayers and then continue prayers at home by offering their ancestors vegetarian food and water.
“At home, we will align our ancestors’ photos, offer them vegetarian food along with sesame seeds and start chanting mantras around the sacred fire pit,” she said. – By SHATHANA KASINATHAN