Pitru Paksha: Customs, Traditions, Dates & Rituals

Pitru Paksha is a sixteen day period in which Hindus honor their ancestors. The period begins on the first Purnima and ends on Amavasya.

Pitru Paksha, is a sixteen day period in which Hindus honor their ancestors. The period begins on the first Purnima and ends on Amavasya.

During this period, people not only honor those from their direct biological lineage, but also those who have contributed to their lives in a spiritual, moral or intellectual way.

Customs and traditions

The ritual of Shraddha may differ from person to person. But, generally, it combines three parts; the first part is Pindadan, the offering of Pinda to the ancestors.

For those who don’t know about Pinda Daan, Pindas are rice balls that are usually made of goat’s milk, ghee, sugar, rice, honey and sometimes barley.

The second part of the ceremony is Tarpan, the offering of water mixed with kusha grass, barley, flour, and black sesame. The final part of the ceremony is feeding the Brahmin.

It is also considered auspicious to read the Holy Scriptures during this time.

However, it is believed that there are some things that must be avoided during Pitru Paksha.

One should avoid engaging in new endeavors, eating non-vegetarian foods, onions, and garlic. Also shaving or getting haircuts should be avoided.

Pitru Paksha 2018 are starting from 24 September till 8 October.

24th September(Monday) Purnima Shraddha

25th September(Tuesday) Pratipada Shraddha

26th September(Wednesday)- Dwitiya Shraddha

27th September(Thursday) Tritiya Shraddha

28th September(Friday) Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha

29th September(Saturday) Panchami Shraddha

30th September(Sunday) Shashthi Shraddha

01st October(Monday) Saptami Shraddha

02nd October(Tuesday) Ashtami Shraddha

03rd October(Wednesday) Navami Shraddha

04th October(Thursday) Dashami Shraddha

05th October(Friday) Ekadashi Shraddha

06th October(Saturday) Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha

07th October(Sunday) Trayodashi Shraddha, Chaturdashi Shraddha

08th October(Monday) Sarva Pitru Amavasya

The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya.

It is considered to be the most significant day of Pitru Paksha as on this day, a person who does not know the exact date of our ancestor’s death anniversary, can pay homage and offer food.

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