Shradh 2016 Dates – Mahalaya Pitri Paksha Calendar 2016

In Hinduism, Shradh is the rituals performed by relatives for the departed souls of dead ancestors, parents and relatives. Shradh Dates in 2016 as per Hindu calendar followed in India is from September 17 to September 30, 2016. Below are the Mahalaya Pitru Paksha and Shradh 2016 dates. Tarpan and Shradh are performed on all Amavasi or no moon days. But the most important period to perform Shradh is the Pitru Paksha period during the Krishna Paksha fortnight in Ashwin month (September – October). In some regions this period is the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha.

Pitru Paksha Shraddh Dates in 2016

September 16, 2016 – Purnima Shradh
September 17, 2016 – Pratipada Shradh
September 18, 2016 – Dwitiya Shradh 
September 19 – Tritiya Shradh
September 20 – Chaturthi Shradh
September 21 – Panchami Shradh
September 22 – Shasti Shradh
September 22 – Saptami Shradh
September 23, 2016 – Ashtami Shradh
September 24– Navami Shradh
September 25 – Dasami Shradh
September 26– Ekadashi Shradh
September 27 – Dwadashi Shradh
September 28, 2016 – Trayodashi Shradh
September 29, 2016 – Chaturdashi Shradh
September 30, 2016 – Mahalaya Amavasi – Most important day of Shradh - On this day Shradh can be performed without looking date, tithi, nakshatra etc - it is known as Sarva Pitru Shradh.

Shradh and Tarpan are also performed on all Amavasi day in a year. You can find the Amavasi dates in 2016 in this earlier article – Amavas 2016 dates.

Apart from this Shradh is also performed on the birth star or nakshatra of the dead person and also on the tithi or rasi or nakshatra the person died.

Another popular date for performing Shradh is the Basant Panchami day in Magh month. In 2016, Basant Panchami is on February 12.

Shradh is also performed on 12 Sankrantis in a year - Each occur during the middle of an English month.

Shradh is also performed during Lunar and Solar Eclipse - Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan.

It is also performed by some communities during Yugadi and on starting of years in various calendars.

Apar from this Shradh is also performed the death date or nakshatra or Tithi.

In Tamil Nadu, Shradh is observed on Thai Amavasi and Aadi Amavasi.

In Kerala, the ritual is observed on Karkidaka Vavu Bali.