Pitru Paksha Shradh, or Pitr Paksh Shraddh, is the annual rites and rituals offered to ancestors, relatives and dead parents in the month of Ashwin in North India and during Bhadrapad in Gujarat and
Maharashtra. Pitru Paksha Shradh 2010 begins on September 24 and ends on October 7. It is popularly believed that the Shradh performed during the Pitr Paksh Shraddh fortnight is highly auspicious as it reaches the dead relatives immediately and therefore their souls attain liberation or rest in peace.
Pitru Paksha Shradh is performed during the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon. In some regions, the Mahalaya Shradh Pitru Paksh fortnight begins with Purnima of Bhadrapad month. In majority of the regions it begins on the day after the Poornima.
Mahalaya Shradh is the final day of Shradh and the most important day of Pitru Paksh fortnight. It is also known as Sarvapitri or Sarvapitru Shradh and falls on the Amavasi or no moon day.
You can find the detail dates of the Pitr Paksh Shradh below:
Purnima Shradh – September 23, 2010 – This is only observed in some regions.
Mahalaya Pitr Paksh Shradh begins on September 24, 2010 with Pratipada Shradh
Dwitiya Shradh – September 25
Thritiya Shradh – September 26
Chaturthi Shradh – September 27
Panchami Shradh – September 28
Shasti Shradh – September 29
Saptami Shradh – September 30
Ashtami Shradh – October 1
Navami Shradh – October 2
Dashami Shradh – October 3
Ekadashi Shraddh – October 4
Dwadashi Shradh – October 4
Trayodashi Shradh – October 5
Chaturdashi Shradh – October 6
Mahalaya Shradh – Pitr Paksh ends - October 7
The most important date to perform Shraddh is the Mahalaya Shradh day. The rituals performed vary from region to region. But the essence and significance of the rituals are the same – remembering the dead parents and relatives and performing the sacred Shraddh rituals so that their souls rest in peace.
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