Grateful if you would list out Dos and Donts during the Mahalaya Paksham. Unable to find any authentic material on this. Thanks Angaraian

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Grateful if you would list out Dos and Donts during the Mahalaya Paksham. Unable to find any authentic material on this. Thanks Angaraian

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Answer : Dos and dont s – simple guidance for Mahalayam – Pithru Paksham:

For those who perform the regular TharpaNam should perform the MahaLaya tharpaNam on all the 15 days of Mahalaya Paksham; if not possible to do it on all days, one must, at least, do it on their Pithru thithis, MahabharaNi, Madhyashtami and on Mahalaya Amavasya. If possible, one day with food/dakshina offering to one or two eligible Brahmins (i.e. with BrahmmaNa bhojanam). If it is not possible, then one can offer Raw Rice, Raw Banana, Green gram, black gram, Jaggery and with Betal leaves/nuts and dakshina. Offering of silver coins or silver pieces to a Brahmin during the Mahaya Paksha is said to please the Pithru Gana, the departed and elevated souls. According to ones own personal conditions and resources, one can offer this to their liking if comfortable.

It is advisable not to partake in any parties where outside food is served,  others Srardham etc. and to avoid taking food from outside eateries. For all the TharppaNa days, one has to observe fasting during night time; for those elderly, sick and aged persons can have some fruits or some light cerals instead of full meals at night. (However, taking food at Sisters, Uncles and paternal/maternal aunties are not considered as outsiders!).

The usage of prohibited vegetables such as Onion, garlic, cabbage, Raddish, drumstick, cauliflower etc. to be avoided and only known Srardha vegetable items to be used for cooking at home. Even usage of Bengal gram is not allowed during these fifteen days of pithru paksha. In simple terms the entire procedure are just as one follows for a regular srardham day.

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