Mahalaya Amavasya will be observed on September 17, 2020. The Amavasya tithi begins at 07.16 pm 16th of September 2020.
Mahalaya Amavasya is the day that marks the end of the Pitru Paksha period and the beginning of the Devi Paksha. Due to Adhik Maas (leap month in the Hindu calendar), this year the Shardiya Navratri will be delayed by a month.
Mahalaya Amavasya is also called Sarma Pitru Amavasya Shradh. On this day, Shradh and Tarpan rituals are performed for those who breathed their last on Purnima Tithi, Chaturdashi Tithi, and Amavasya Tithi. It also marks the onset of the Sharadiya Navratri season that is dedicated to Maa Durga, The devotees keep a fast for nine days and worship the nine forms of Maa Durga. On this day the Goddess descends on the earth from her heavenly abode or Kailash. The Mahalaya Amavasya is also called the Sarma Pitru Amavasya Shradh day. It is believed that the Goddess arrives with her children, Kartikeya, Ganesha, and Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati on a vehicle of her choice. The vehicle could be a lion, boat, horse, or elephant. The mode of transport changes every year and even when she departs.