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13 Different Types of Shradh in Hinduism

We generally associated Shradh with ritual associated with the dead in the family. But there are many Shradh that are performed in Hinduism for taking the blessing of dead ancestors. Here is a look at 13 different types of Shradh performed by Hindus.
  1. Nitya Shradh – This shradh is performed on all the days of the pitru paksha fortnight. The person performing the shradh offers water, food, milk and kusha grass to pitr on all days.
  2. Naimchithak Shradh – This shradh is performed on the day of the week on which mother or father died. If father or mother had died on Tuesday then shradh for them is performed for them on a Tuesday during Pitru Paksha.
  3. Kamya Shradh – This is performed on any three days of Pitru Paksha for attaining various Siddhis.
  4. Vriddhi Shradh – This is performed for happiness and materialistic progress in life and is performed on any one day during Pitru paksha.
  5. Sapindi Shradh – This shradh is performed on the 12th day after the death of a person. This shradh can be performed by any family member.
  6. Parvan Shradh – This shradh is performed annually on the tithi in which the person died.
  7. Goshti shradh – This shradh is performed on tithi in which the dead happened and is to be performed by all family members together.
  8. Shudharth Shradh – This is performed during the annual pitru paksha period and is performed for auspiciousness and for the wellbeing of the family.
  9. Kamarg Shradh – This is performed when a sanskar or auspicious event is held in the family. It is sort of thanksgiving and remembering the ancestors in the family.
  10. Tirth Shradh – This is performed in anyone of the tirth like Gaya etc.
  11. Yartarth Shradh – This is taking the blessing of ancestors for successful journey. This is performed especially when going to a different country.
  12. Pushtiyarth Shradh – This is performed for financial progress.
  13. Shradh Amavasya – This is performed when a person is not aware of the tithi of the dead person.