Pitru Paksha holds great religious importance among the Hindus. The 16 days, during this period, are dedicated to the worship of ancestors and forefathers. It is believed that during this period, our ancestors visited and lived with us. Pitru Paksha started on September 30 and will go on until October 14. These are considered one of the most auspicious days and it is advised that people should offer food and water through priests, animals, and brahmans. Another important day, Magha Shraddha. Magha Shraddha occurs during the Magha Nakshatra, and this will be celebrated on October 10. If Magha Nakshatra occurs on the Trayodashi date of Krishna Paksha in Ashwin month, then it is known as Trayodashi Magha Shraddha.
When is Magha Shraddha Celebrated in 2023?
According to the Hindu calendar, in 2023, Magha Shraddha is on Tuesday, October 10. Magha Nakshatra will start at 05:45 a.m. on October 10 and will end at 08.45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11. Ekadashi tithi of Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month is on that day. There will be no Trayodashi Magha Shraddha on that day.
The Auspicious Time of Magha Shraddha
On the day of Magha Nakshatra on October 10th, the Kutup Muhurat will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:31 p.m. While the Rohini muhurat is from 12:31 p.m. to 1:18 p.m., the afternoon muhurat is two hours long and runs from 01:18 p.m. to 3:38 p.m.
During the Magha Nakshatra, it is believed that our ancestors will be coming to earth. It is advised by various astrologers that they should be worshipped during this period and should be offered food and water, i.e., pind daan and tarpan.
According to Hindu scriptures, the lord of Magha Nakshtara is the sun. While its constellation god is Ketu,
As per Hindus, it is believed that people should make offerings on this day as it brings peace, prosperity, prestige, and valour to the family.
It is advised to offer sandalwood, kheer, honey, saffron, etc. to the ancestors on this day.