Pitru Paksha 2023: Pitru Paksha, also known as Shraddha Paksha, is a 16-day period in which the Hindus pay their respects to their ancestors. Pitru Paksha lasts from Friday, Bhadrapada Purnima (September 29) to Saturday, Ashwin Amavasya (October 14). Bhadrapada Purnima is also called Purnima Shraddha and Pratipada Shraddha.
According to the Panchang, Bhadrapada Purnima will be observed till 03:26 pm on September 29. After this date, Pratipada Tithi of Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month will start, which will be observed till 12:21 pm on September 30. During the auspicious time of Pitru Paksha, people offer Tarpan, Pind Daan, Shradh, Panchbali bhog and many other rituals for the ancestors. Tarpan is the offering of water mixed with black sesame, barley, kusha grass and white flour.
It is believed that ancestors are appeased by the process of Tarpan. Feeding the Brahmin is a must to complete the Shraddha ritual. According to religious beliefs, if people pay homage to their ancestors during the Pitru Paksha, Pitra Dosh is removed from their horoscope. One of the astrologers from Tirupati, Dr Krishna Kumar Bhargava, told News18 the necessary dates of Shraddha under Pitru Paksha.
1. First day of Pitru Paksha: September 29, (Purnima Shraddha and Pratipada Shraddha)
2. Second day: September 30, Second Shraddha
3. Third day: October 1, Tritiya Shraddha
4. Fourth day: October 2, Chaturthi Shraddha, Maha Bharani
5. Fifth day: October 3, Panchami Shraddha
6. Sixth day: October 4, Shashthi Shraddha
7. Seventh day: October 5, Saptami Shraddha
8. Eighth day: October 6, Ashtami Shraddha
9. Ninth day: October 7, Navami Shraddha
10. Tenth day: October 8, Dashami Shraddha
11. Eleventh day: October 9, Ekadashi Shraddha
12. Twelfth day: October 10, Magha Shraddha
13. Thirteenth day: October 11, Dwadashi Shraddha
14. Fourteenth day: October 12, Trayodashi Shraddha
15. Fifteenth day: October 13, Chaturdashi Shraddha
16. Sarva Pitru Amavasya: October 14, Saturday