Pitru Paksha 2016- Rituals and Shraddha Performed by Hindus during Pitru Paksha Time


Originally posted 2016-09-15 13:08:34.

Pitru Paksha is a period of fifteen days started from the day full moon day of Bhadrapada and ends on Sarvapitri Amavasya also known as New Moon Day. This year i.e. 2016 the 17th of September (Saturday) will be the day when Pitru Paksha 2016 will begin and ends on 30th of September (Friday). Pitru Paksha is also known as Pitri Pokkho, Apara Paksha, Sola Shraddha, Jitiya and Mahalaya Paksha. It is the period when all Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, especially food. It is a Hindu ritual to show the devotion towards the departed ancestors for their well being and for their better new life. In this period Hindus do rituals like – they offer water and food to their ancestors and it is assumed that it will directly reach to their three ancestors who passed away. The ritual is called Puja Tarpan or Shraddha offerings.


Pitru Paksha 2016
Pitru Paksha 2016


Story Behind Pitru Paksha 2016 Celebration

The tale about Pitru Paksha rituals and celebration is very interesting. It is said that the Karna in Mahabharata, when dies, he got place in Heaven. In heaven he was offered gold and jewels instead of food. He was very upset with that and asked Indra the king of heaven that why he is not getting food. The Indra replied – while on earth you used to donate gold and jewels and have never donated food to your ancestors. Karna said as he was not aware of his ancestors that’s why he never offered food to them. This way Karna was allowed to go back on earth for the period of fifteen days. In this period Karna did all the rituals of Pitru Paksha and offered food to his ancestors. From that time every year in this period Pitru Paksha is practiced by all Hindus.

Pitru Paksha 2016 Dates and Tithis

Date                              Day                            Tithi

  • 16th September            Friday                         Mahalya (Purnima Shradh)
  • 17th September            Saturday                     Pratipada Shradh
  • 18th September            Sunday                       Dwitiya Shradh
  • 19th September            Monday                       Tritiya Shradh
  • 20th September            Tuesday                      Chaturthi Shradh
  • 21st September             Wednesday                Panchami Shradh
  • 22nd September            Thursday                    Sashti Shradh
  • 23rd September             Friday                        Ashtami Shradh
  • 24th September             Saturday                   Navami Shradh- Avidhava Navami                                                                            Shradh
  • 25th September             Monday                     Dasami Shradh
  • 26th September             Tuesday                    Ekadashi Shrada
  • 27th September             Wednesday               Dwadashi Shradh
  • 28th September             Thursday                  Trayodashi Shradh
  • 29th September             Friday                       Chaturdashi Shradh
  • 30th September             Saturday                   Mahalaya Amavasi- Last Day of                                                                                Shradh


Rituals of Pitru Paksha


Pitru Paksha 2016


The rites of Pitru Paksha are performed on the respective lunar day when the ancestors of a person is died. But all lunar days are allotted into the way the respective ancestor is died. Like Chautha Bharani and Bharani Panchami, the fourth and fifth lunar days are for those who deceased in the past year. Avidhava Navami which is the ninth lunar day is for married woman who died before her husband. The twelfth lunar day is for ancestors and children who quit their life early.

The fourteenth day which is known as Ghata Chaturdashi, is for the people who killed by arms, in wars or have faced terrific bad time while death. The rituals or Shraddha of Pitru Paksha should be performed by the eldest son of the family. This Shraddha goes to the three preceding generations.

The person who is performing Shraddha should have gone through the thread ceremony. The food items which are offered during this time are Kheer, guar, lapsi, rice, dal etc. All these food items should be prepared in silver or copper vessels.

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