Yama Tarpanam during Diwali and Naraka Chaturdashi

Yama Tarpanam is an important ritual performed on Naraka Chaturdasi day by many Hindu communities in South India. Yama Tarpanam 2013 date is November 2, 2013. 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 perform Yama Tarpanam is alive and he is performing it for other relatives or ancestors then cooked rice is offered as Tarpan.