When is Pitru Paksha?
This year (2018) September 24 (Monday)

October 8 (Monday)

Next year (2019) March 28 (Thursday)

September 13 (Friday)

Last year (2017) September 5 (Tuesday)

September 19 (Tuesday)


The Pitru Paksha is a 16th day period in which all Hindu people give honor and provides respect to their forefathers. While, this time period – which started on the first Purnima (full moon) following Ganesh Chaturthi and ends on Peddala Amavasya – permitted all participants to not only honor those from their direct biological lineage, but also to those people who contributed to their spiritual, moral and/or their intellectual development either in their present life or at the time of their earlier lives.

Those people can be any damn Indian person’s family, friends, mentors, teachers or anyone else who has touched their lives in various good ways.

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As per a legend, when the warrior of Mahabharatha, Karna died during the Kurukshetra War and his spirit ascended to heaven, he was shocked to see that he was provided meals of gold and jewels instead of food to eat.

Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated all over India and abroad by Hindu community

Now Karna wonders how he can be alive or satisfied his hunger by eating these gold and jewels, so he addressed the lord of heaven Indra and asked him why he is deprived on receiving the real food.

The Lord Indra then replied tohim that this is because he gave these items as donations his entire life but never donated food to his forefathers!

To which Karna replied that he is not aware or he is known regarding his forefathers!

Hearing Karna’s point, Indra agreed to let Karna return to Earth for a fifteen days time period, so that in those 15 days, he can donate food and meal to his froe-fathers or ancestors.

This duration or the period of time is now widely regarded as the Pitru Paksha.

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At the period of this time, the ritual of Shraddha is performed by all Hindus and the time actually started after the Mahalaya started.

There will be some certain and specifics ritual in the Hindu religion different people have but this can be also different from person to person, that is usually it combines three components.

Three components of the Pitru Paksha

1). Vital and the first part is Pindadan, The offering of Pinda to the fore-fathers. Pinda are rice balls that are usually made of goat’s milk, ghee, sugar, rice, honey.

2). The second part of the ritual is the Tarpan, the presentation and offering of the water mixed with kusha grass, barley, flour and black sesame.

3). The 3rd and the final part of the ritual is the serving meal and Feeding to the Brahmin. This can be consists of the providing or offering meal or food to the Brahmin priests.

The time, Pitru Paksha, is also regarded as very sacred for all Hindus to read from the Hindu Holy Scriptures.

Though, there are also some things which all Hindus should be avoided during Pitru Paksha. Participants are also supposed to avoid and ignore engaging in new endeavors; eating non-vegetarian foods; shaving or getting haircuts; eating onions, garlic or eating junk food.

Report published in, the https://www.drikpanchang.com/ says, that, As per the South Indian Amavasyant calendar the day,  Pitru Paksha falls in the lunar month of Bhadrapada which started with the full moon day or day after full moon day.

According to North Indian Purnimant calendar t,his period falls in the lunar month of Ashwin that started with the full moon day in Bhadrapada or next day of full moon day.

This is also just nomenclature of lunar months that differs and both North Indians and South Indians perform Shraddha ritual on similar days actually.

24 September (Monday) Purnima Shraddha
25 September (Tuesday) Pratipada Shraddha
26 September (Wednesday) Dwitiya Shraddha
27 September (Thursday) Tritiya Shraddha
28 September (Friday) Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha
30 September (Sunday) Shashthi Shraddha
01 October (Monday) Saptami Shraddha
02 October (Tuesday) Ashtami Shraddha
03 October (Wednesday) Navami Shraddha, Dashami Shraddha
04 October (Thursday) Ekadashi Shraddha
05 October (Friday) Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha
06 October (Saturday) Trayodashi Shraddha
07 October (Sunday) Chaturdashi Shraddha
08 October (Monday) Sarva Pitru Amavasya

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