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Apara Paksha in Orissa

Apara Paksha is observed during the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrab month in Orissa. Apara Paksha is dedicated to observing Shradh rituals for dead relatives, parents and ancestors. It is observed for 15-days and begins the day after the Purnima or full moon day in Bhadrab month. In 2018, Apara Paksha begins on September 25 and ends on October 8 with Mahalaya rituals.

In all regions in India, except in South India, this particular period of year is dedicated to offering rites and rituals to the ancestors. There is a belief that the rites offered to the dead during this period reach them soon and their souls will rest in peace.

Apara Paksha is popularly known as Pitru Paksha Shradh period in North India and Gujarat and Maharashtra.