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Shradh 2018 Dates – Mahalaya Pitri Paksha Calendar 2018

In Hinduism, Shradh is the rituals performed by relatives for the departed souls of dead ancestors, parents and relatives. Shradh Dates in 2018 as per Hindu calendar followed in India is from September 25 to October 8, 2018. Below are the Mahalaya Pitru Paksha and Shradh 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 Shraddh Dates in 2018

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)
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.

Shradh and Tarpan are also performed on all Amavasi day in a year. You can find the Amavasi dates in 2018 in this earlier article – Amavas 2018 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 2018, Basant Panchami is on January 22.

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.