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Pitri Paksha

Shraddh or Shradh offered during Pitri Paksha (dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha) in the month of Ashwin or Ashwini (September – October) is of great importance in Hindu religion. Shraddh, also known as Tarpan, is the ceremonies and rituals performed for the departed souls of dead ancestors in Hinduism. Pitri Paksha Shradh is a period of 15 days and the most important day is the Mahalaya day. It is believed that the souls will attain peace by the Shraddh rituals performed during the fortnight. In 2017, Pitri Paksha begins on September 6 and ends with Mahalaya Pitri Paksha on September 19.

It must be noted that in regional calendar followed in Maharashtra Pitri Paksha falls in the month of Bhadrapada.

According to Hindu tradition, the Shraddh performed on Ashwin Pitri Paksha reaches the ancestors immediately and their souls will rest in peace. Hindu Puranas are full of details about Shraddh, especially Agni Purana, Garuda Purana and Matysa Purana. It is Yama, the god of death in Hindu…