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Viraja
24 January 2013, 02:07 PM
According to the puranas, this world was first created by Manu. His appearence day is the 'Thai Amavasya' day. This is observed as Mouna Amavasya.

On this day, Surya and Chandra enter into the constellation of Makara.

On this day, one has to observe complete silence and pray to Sri Vishnu. Doing so, one is able to get rid of the shadripus such as kama, krodha, lobha, moha, madha and matsarya.

It is also the appearence day of Sri VeeraRaghava Perumal (Sri Ram). One of his most popular temples is located in Thiruvallur, TamilNadu, where he lies down on AdiSesha just like Sri Vishnu and extends out his right arm and blesses Sri Salihotra maharishi. This VeeraRaghava is known as 'Vaidya VeeraRaghava' and revered for his ability to cure many diseases.

There is a popular belief that on Thai Amavasya day, the departed souls visit the earth plane to bless their relations. On this day, many people offer 'tarpanam' or respects in memory of departed ones. The word “Tarpanam” means “satisfying” or “satiating”. As per the Vedas, Tarpanam on New Moon days (Amavasi) - especially on Thai Amavasya is best performed by Vedic Specialists or trained priests. All that you need for Tarpanam is some black sesame seeds, rice and water.

In 2013, the Thai Amavasya date is Feb 10th.

Beneficial Results of Tarpanam

It will ward off the sins of our 7 generation of ancestors.
Liberates an individual from curses and sins.
Helps in obtaining forgiveness from forefathers.
Heals the stained negative feelings carried towards ancestors.
Negates the unworthy desires of ancestors.

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Viraja
29 January 2014, 12:19 PM
Namaste all,

Thai Amavasya for 2014 is tomorrow. Apart from offering tarpanam (offering to divine entities), what ways can we remember our ancestors tomorrow? I include our ancestors in my daily puja and offer the food that I offer to god, to them too.

Here is a short video on offering tarpanam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMR00BEX2xk

Regards.

Believer
30 January 2014, 06:24 PM
Namaste,


On this day, Surya ......... enter(s) into the constellation of Makara.That is most confusing. Surya enters the Makar constellation on Makar Sankranti, which happened on Jan 14. Is it a conflicting statement or an erroneous statement?

Pranam.

Viraja
30 January 2014, 06:50 PM
Namaste,

That is most confusing. Surya enters the Makar constellation on Makar Sankranti, which happened on Jan 14. Is it a conflicting statement or an erroneous statement?

Pranam.

Believer ji, it means Surya and Chandra are together in makara rashi on this day - an occurence that happens only once an year. (OP read 'On this day, Surya and Chandra enter into the constellation of Makara.' :) )

Believer
31 January 2014, 02:36 AM
Namaste Viraja,

Thanks for the clarification. I learnt something new about this Amavasya from your post/thread. :)

Pranam.