Shradh 2017: This year Pitru Paksha is observed from September 5 to September 19. It is a period when the Hindus pay homage to their ancestor who in hindi are called 'pitr'.
Shradh 2017: This year Pitru Paksha is observed from September 5 to September 19. It is a period when the Hindus pay homage to their ancestor who in hindi are called ‘pitr’. Pitru Paksha is observed during 15 lunar day’s period that is decided according to the Hindu calendar. People pay homage to their ancestors through prayers and food offerings. According to drikpanchang.com, South Indian Amavasyant calendar state that Pitru Paksha falls when the lunar month of Bhadrapada is beginning with the full moon day or day after full moon day. The north India Purnimant calendar state that this period falls in the lunar month of Ashwin beginning with the full moon day in Bhadrapada or next day of full moon day. The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya amavasya. Mahalaya amavasya is the most significant day of Pitru Paksha.
Here is all that you need to know about Pitru Paksha-
As per Jansatta report, Pitru Paksha which is also known as Shradh is observed for 15 days starting from Krishna Paksha in the month of Ashwin as per Hindu calendar. On these many days, people offer pind daan to their dead ancestors. Apart from this, they also offer Brahmin bhoj, tarpan, and also offer something to the poor people. As per beliefs, it is required to make souls of dead happy during shradh to seek their blessings.
Pitru Paksha Puja-
People should take the help of priests or shradh. During the puja, people should also be careful not to make ancestors angry. Brahma Vaivarta Pura nans Manusmriti also suggest that only son or nephew can offer pind dan. If somebody had no son, then any male among his brothers, nephews or uncles can offer pind daan.
Things to remember during Shradh:
1) One should not forget to distribute clothes or grains. This will make souls of dead ancestors happy
2) Shradh should be performed in later part of afternoon. It should not be done in morning or in early part of the afternoon
3) During Bhrahmin bhoj, they should be offered food with two hands
On the day of shradh, Onion or Garlic should not be used in any food items. It is said that those crops that are grown under the soil are not offered to dead ancestors, which include potatoes, brinjal and radish, according to Jansatta.
Pitru Paksha timing-
Mahalaya Amavasya, which is considered the most important day of Shradh, can be performed without looking at date, tithi or nakshatra. It also is known as Sarva Pitru Shraddh. Falling on September 19, the time to perform Shradh is between 1:13 PM to 3:35 PM, says hindupad.com. Brahmin Santarpana is performed to dead ancestors on this day to make the stay in peace in their world.
Kutup Muhurat = 11:50 to 12:38, Duration = 0 Hours 48 Mins; Rohina Muhurat = 12:38 to 13:27, Duration = 0 Hours 48 Mins; Aparahna Kaal = 13:27 to 15:52, Duration = 2 Hours 25 Mins (Muhurat timings are according drikpanchang.com)