Friday, August 29, 2014

Pitru Paksha Shraddh Dates in 2014

Pitru Paksha is a 15 lunar day’s period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, 
especially through food offerings.
Shraddh is the ritual carried out to gratify one's ancestors. It is stated in the texts that a person who 
does not execute the Shraadh of his departed paternal and maternal near and dear ones has to bear 
much in life and even after. In the ancient Indian religious text Garud Puraan and other Puraans it is 
clearly stated that by offering this pooja to the forefathers and departed dear ones, their souls feel 
gratified and they bless the person with wealth, children, knowledge, joys, and pleasures, 
with long and healthy life.

According to South Indian Amavasyant calendar it falls in the lunar month of Bhadrapada beginning 
with the full moon day or day after full moon day.
According to North Indian Purnimant calendar this period falls in the lunar month of Ashwin beginning 

with the full moon day in Bhadrapada or next day of full moon day.

08September(Monday)Purnima Shraddha
09September(Tuesday)Pratipada Shraddha
10September(Wednesday)Dwitiya Shraddha
11September(Thursday)Tritiya Shraddha
12September(Friday)Chaturthi Shraddha
13September(Saturday)Maha Bharani ,
Panchami Shraddha
14September(Sunday)Shashthi Shraddha
15September(Monday)Saptami Shraddha
16September(Tuesday)Ashtami Shraddha
17September(Wednesday)Navami Shraddha
18September(Thursday)Dashami Shraddha
19September(Friday)Ekadashi Shraddha
20September(Saturday)Dwadashi Shraddha
21September(Sunday)Magha Shraddha ,
Trayodashi Shraddha
22September(Monday)Chaturdashi Shraddha
23September(Tuesday)Sarva Pitru Amavasya

The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya amavasya
Mahalaya amavasya is the most significant day of Pitru Paksha.

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