New Delhi: The Mahalaya Amavasya is the day that marks the culmination of the Pitru Paksha period and the beginning of the Devi Paksha. However, this year, the Shardiya Navratri dedicated to Devi Durga will be delayed by about a month owing to the Adhik Maas (leap month in the Hindu calendar). Usually, the Devi Paksha commences with Mahalaya Amavasya, but in 2020, the nine-day long festival will be celebrated a month later.
This year, Mahalaya Amavasya is being observed on September 17.
Amavasya Tithi begins at 7:56 PM on September 16 and ends at 4:29 PM on September 17.
Mahalaya Amavasya is an important day because it is also called Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shradh. On this day, Shradh and Tarpan rituals are performed for those who breathed their last on the Purnima Tithi, Chaturdashi Tithi and Amavasya Tithi. Moreover, it is also considered an ideal day for paying obeisance to all the departed souls in the family.