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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).

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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.

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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
29 September (Saturday) Panchami Shraddha
30 September (Sunday) Shashthi Shraddha
01 October (Monday) Saptami Shraddha
02 October (Tuesday) Ashtami Shraddha
03 October (Wednesday) Navami Shraddha
04 October (Thursday) Dashami Shraddha
05 October (Friday) Ekadashi Shraddha
06 October (Saturday) Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha
07 October (Sunday) Trayodashi Shraddha, Chaturdashi Shraddha
08 October (Monday) Sarva Pitru Amavasya
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The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya amavasya. Mahalaya amavasya is the most significant day of Pitru Paksha.