Amavasya is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The Amavasya in October 2012 is of great significance as it marks the end of the Pitru Paksha Shradh Period and is known as Mahalaya Amavasya. Amavasya October 2012 date is October 15. The Amavasya Time begins at 07:56 PM on October 14 and ends at 6:03 PM on October 15.
This Amavasya is particularly chosen for observing rituals dedicated to departed souls. Anyone can perform Shradh to departed souls on the day. There is no need to look for dates etc and Shradh can be performed to any departed soul.
Traditional Durga Puja rituals also commence on the day.
As per traditional North Indian calendar it is the Amavasya in Ashwin month. In other regions it is the Bhadrapad Amavasi.
Bhadrapad month ends in traditional calendars followed in Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and
Karnataka on the day.
Navratri festival commence from October 16, 2012.