Shradh, also known as Pitr Paksh, or Pitru Paksha Shraddh, is the fifteen day annual rituals dedicated to dead parents, relatives and ancestors. Shradh 2009 begins on September 4 and ends September 18. Shradh rituals are performed in the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of the Ashwin month in traditional North Indian Hindi calendar. The corresponding period in other regional calendars is the Bhadrapad month especially those followed in Gujarat and
It must be noted that those people who avoid Purnima Shradh, the Pitru Paksha Shraddh Fortnight begins on September 5 with the Pratipada Shradh. Mahalya Shradh is observed on Amavasi day is on September 18.
Mahalaya Shradh is also known as Sarvapitri or Sarvapitru Shradh and is the most important day in the fortnight.
It is believed that the Shradh performed during this period is highly auspicious as it reaches the dead relatives immediately and therefore their souls rest in peace.
The rituals performed during Pitru Paksha Shraddh vary from region to region. But the essence and importance of the rituals are the same – remembering the dead ancestors and parents and relatives and performing the sacred Shraddh rituals so that their souls rest in peace.
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