Bhadrapad is the first full moon day of the month, and Sarvapitri Amavasya is the last. There are several other names for this Amavasya, including Pitri Amavasya, Peddala Amavasya, and Mahalaya Amavasya. The Sun typically changes hemispheres during this period, as it does most years.
A Shraddha ritual is performed on the day of the ancestors' deaths during Pitru Paksha Shradh. Lunar days may be excluded under certain circumstances and assigned under a condition of life or death in a specific manner. A person's death in the previous year falls under the auspices of the fourth and fifth lunar days (Chautha Bharani and Bharani Panchami). A married woman's death is commemorated on Avidhava Navami (ninth lunar day). Children and ascetics are associated with the 12th lunar day. The 14th lunar day of Ghata Chaturdashi honoring people who died unnaturally. It is intended that Sarvapitri Amavasya be performed for all ancestors irrespective of the day of their death. Pilgrims from several states travel to Gaya along the Falgu River to offer Pinda to their ancestors.