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Sorha Shraddha in Nepal

Sorha Shraddha is observed during the waning phase of moon in Ashoj Month (September – October). During this fortnight Hindus pay homage to their dead ancestors (Pitrs). Food and water are offered to the departed souls. Sorha Shraddha in Nepal in 2024 begins on September 19 and ends on October 2, 2024.

Sorha Shraddha means 16 Shraddha and refers to the fortnight period. Sorha Shraddha is observed from purnima or full moon day to No moon day or Amavasya in Ashoj Month.

Majority of Hindus does not hold auspicious functions during the period.

Various different types of Shraddha are offered during the fortnight.

The food offerings are prepared on the day in silver or copper vessels. They are then placed on a banana leaf.

The person performing the Shraddha takes bath and wears a ring made of Kusha grass on his ring finger.

Cooked rice mixed with ghee and black sesame seeds is offered to ancestors and this is known as Pinda Daan. Water is offered on the leaves during the ceremony.

During the ritual, Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Kusha grass. Shaigram and Yama, the Hindu god of death are also worshipped on the day.

The offering is considered to be accepted if a crow arrives and eats from it; the bird is believed to be a messenger from Yama.

Performing Annadanam or food donation during the period is considered highly meritorious.

The ritual is known as Pitru Paksha in India.