Pitru Paksha, shradh, mahalaya paksha
Pitru Paksha means shradh. Pitru Paksha is a special programme which we pray for our family member, who is no more.
Pitru Paksha is one of the most important ceremonies of Hindus. Pitru Paksha is celebrated on the half of Hindu ashvin month.
Pitru Paksha starts from 30 September to 15 October as per the English calendar. Pitru Paksha is also known as Mahalaya Paksha. Pitru Paksh is a 15 day period when Hindus pray. this prayer is performed for all those who have passed away. The Pitra Paksh is usually done by relatives to help the person’s heart who have passed away.
All the ceremony is always performed by the eldest son of the dead person. This Amavasya is very special as it is the Mahalaya Amavasya, start of the very lucky Navratri of the Ashwin month. Shradh is performed every year on the anniversary of the dead person during the dark fortnight called Pitru Paksha.
The gifts are given to Brahmins for the help of the Pitris. Shradh gives satisfaction to Pitris of family. It can be performed at home or the places like Varanasi, Allahabad, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Rameshwaram. The Pitru Paksha programme does not take long time to complete. All the mantras and gifts are given to devas, rishis and Pitris. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to perform this ceremony. The ceremony itself is very simple and few ingredients are required kush grass, black sesame seeds, milk, water, purple or white flowers as well as the full names of the dead person’s family. Eating food from outside for the person doing Shradh is strictly prohibited. It is believed that Lord Yamraj visit the dead person’s homes on earth this time.
Date of Pitru Pakshaa (Shradh) in 2013:
Pitru Paksha (Shradh) begins on: Friday September 20 and ends on Friday October 04, 2013.