The tradition of observing Mahalaya Amavasya has been in vogue in India for centuries. Mahalaya Amavasya is the last day of Pitru Paksha (15 days marked for parents). Dasara celebrations statrsfrom the day after Mahalaya.
Hindus believe that those who will reach the heavenly abode exalted celestial positions only if their next three generations feeds him by puja, and other services through religious procedures at least one day each year. Normally, the ‘Shraddha‘, a process of remembering and paying tribute to ancestors, and performing the procedures of death, calculated according to Hindu calendar. Moreover, this service can also be offer during Pitru Paksha.
It is believed that those who die continue to see from above, to see whether their future generations meet their obligations and responsibilities cast to them. They are happy when the next generations to remember at least one day each year, and the rituals associated with the conduct of this service. It is believed that food, clothes and other things given to the needy during this period of two weeks, paving the way for easy passage of the person concerned to heaven at death.
To all my readers here is the Mahalaya prayer that is broadcasted on radio every year on early Mahalaya morning.Here is full Mahalaya – Birendra Krishna Bhadra version I am sharing with you all.