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.

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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.

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Pitr Paksha or Shraddh:

Mahalaya paksha is the 16 days period of month ashwin of Hindus calendar and also known as shraddh. This period is also called as pitr paksha. In this time old rituals are performed to worship the soul of past away elder family members.

Shraad and tarpan is performed by son or brother of past away elders to let them to get moksha or salvation. Pandit are invited to perform these rituals in a proper way. They arrange and complete the rituals and tarpan in the best way up to their knowledge.

 

Shraad and tarpan is performed once in the year to get blessings of past away elders for happiness and calmness in their family. Shraad can be performed at any clean and calm place but doing this at holy place gives result immediately. Holy places like Ujjain, Haridwar and Badrinath are the best places to do these activities. Many people offer shraddh and tarpan etc. at these places for better and proper completion. People also donate food and money to poor people.

Person who sits in the pooja or tarpan take holy bath and keep fast until activities of shraad are not gone completed. After completion of shraad and tarpan food used in pooja are served to cow, dog and crows. many people prepare the favorite food of past away person to remember them. after completion of tarpan new clothes and dakshina are offered to pandit or Brahmins with part of food as prasad. after that Family members take food as prasad.

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