Yama Tarpanam is an important ritual performed on Naraka Chaturdasi day by many Hindu communities in
South India. Yama Tarpanam 2017 date is October 18, 2017. The ritual is dedicated to dead ancestors, dead parents and dead relatives.
The Tarpan is performed on the morning of Narak Chaturdasi day. The person who is performing the ritual sits facing south and offers Tarpan to the dead.
When the ritual is dedicated to dead parents, the Tarpan is made using Til (Black Sesame seeds).
If parents of the person performing Yama Tarpanam is alive and he is performing it for other relatives or ancestors then cooked rice is offered as Tarpan.