Gaya Pind Daan ( Pitra Paksha 2018 starts on Monday, 24 September and and ends on Monday, 8 October)
Pitri Paksha, also spelt as Pitru paksha or Pitri paksha is a 16–lunar day period in Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestor (Pitrs), especially through food offerings. The period is also known as Pitru Pakshya, Pitri Pokkho, Sola Shraddha (“sixteen shraddhas”), Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya Paksha and Apara paksha.
Pitru Paksha is considered by Hindus to be inauspicious, given the death rite performed during the ceremony, known as Shraddha or tarpan. As a mandatory rite that is believed to bring salvation to departed souls, Pind-daan is a must to do obligation of all Hindus or followers of Hindu religion. Further, it is also believed that no work can be successfully performed without blessings of ancestors and the doing of Pind Daan invokes blessings of the dead ancestors.
With the ritual performed to pay homage to the deceased ancestors also called ‘Pitar’ as per our ancient texts, the religious and correct completion of this ritual helps the soul of the dead to attain Moksha (salvation).
Pind Daan Packages
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Shraddha Days 2018
Pitru Paksha is a 15 lunar day’s period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, especially through food offerings. 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. It is just nomenclature of lunar months which differs and both North Indians and South Indians perform Shraddha ritual on similar days.
|28||September||(Friday)||Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha|
|06||October||(Saturday)||Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha|
|07||October||(Sunday)||Trayodashi Shraddha, Chaturdashi Shraddha|
|08||October||(Monday)||Sarva Pitru Amavasya|