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Pitru Paksha 2018 dates

Pitru Paksha 2018 based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. Pitru Paksha 2018 begins on September 25 to October 9, 2018. In Hinduism, Pitru Paksha is the rituals performed by relatives for the departed souls of dead ancestors, parents and relatives. Below are the Mahalaya Pitru Paksha 2018 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 2018 dates

September 25, 2018 – Purnima Shradh
September 25, 2018 – Pratipada Shradh
September 26, 2018– Dwitiya Shradh 
September 27 – Tritiya Shradh
September 28 – Chaturthi Shradh
September 29 – Panchami Shradh
September 30 – Shasti Shradh
October 1 – Saptami Shradh
October 2, 2018 – Ashtami Shradh
October 3 – Navami Shradh (Avidhwa Navami) - Avidhava Navami Shradh - For women who passed when there husbands were alive.
October 4 – Dasami Shradh
October 5– Ekadashi Shradh
October 6 – Dwadashi Shradh
October 7, 2018 – Trayodashi Shradh
October 7, 2018 – Chaturdashi Shradh
October 8, 2018 – 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.

Note - Trayodasi and Chaturdasi Shradh are marked on same date September 18, 2017 in calendars followed in western parts of India.

Please note that Amavasya is on October 9 but as majority tithi is on Oct 8, Mahalaya will be observed on October 8.

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