Pitru Paksha 2023: During this annual period, it is believed that the spirits of our ancestors visit their earthly relatives to receive gifts, offerings of food and water. It is a profoundly significant time of the year when we remember and honor our departed family members. Pitru Paksha spans sixteen days and involves performing important rituals like Pind Daan, Shradh, and Pitru Tarpan. Pitru Paksha provides sustenance and remembrance to our ancestors and the departed souls each year. Here are some critical insights into this period.
Pitru Paksha 2023 Dates:
The Pratipada Tithi commences on September 29, 2023, at 03:26 PM and concludes on September 30, 2023, at 12:21 PM.
Timings for Pitru Paksha Rituals:
- Kutup Muhurta: On September 29, from 11:47 PM to 12:35 AM (Duration: 48 minutes).
- Rohin Muhurta: On September 29, from 12:45 PM to 01:23 PM (Duration: 48 minutes).
- Afternoon Time: September 29, from 01:23 PM to 03:46 PM (Duration: 2 hours 23 minutes)
Dates of Shraddha in Pitru Paksha (Pitru Paksha Tithi)
|September 29 2023||Friday Purnima Shraddha|
|September 30 2023||Saturday Dwitiya Shraddha|
|October 1 2023||Sunday Tritiya Shraddha|
|October 2 2023||Monday Chaturthi Shraddha|
|October 3 2023||Tuesday Panchami Shraddha|
|October 4 2023||Wednesday Shashthi Shraddha|
|October 5 2023||Thursday Saptami Shraddha|
|October 6 2023||Friday Ashtami Shraddha|
|October 7 2023||Saturday Navami Shraddha|
|October 8 2023||Sunday Dashami Shraddha|
|October 9 2023||Monday Ekadashi Shraddha|
|October 10 2023||Tuesday Magha Shraddha|
|October 11 2023||Wednesday Dwadash Shraddha|
|October 12 2023||Thursday Trayodashi Shraddha|
|October 13 2023||Friday Chaturdashi Shraddha|
|October 14 2023||SaturdaySarva Pitru Amavasya|
During Pitru Paksha, individuals offer food, water, and various gifts to honor their departed ancestors, often through the intermediaries of priests and Brahmins. Many also make pilgrimages to the sacred Ganges River to conduct Tarpan, Shradh, and Pind Daan ceremonies. Additionally, extending invitations to Brahmins to their homes is customary, presenting them with pure and simple food, clothing, and Dakshina (monetary offerings) as a mark of respect and devotion.
Rituals of Shradh:
- Pind Daan: The family priest performs the offering of Pind (rice balls) to nourish the departed souls and grant them peace.
- Tarpan: Water libations are offered to the ancestors to quench their thirst and provide solace.
- Feeding the Brahmins: Offering meals to Brahmins and seeking their blessings is common during Pitru Paksha.
- Offerings: People prepare the favorite dishes of their deceased ancestors and offer them as a gesture of remembrance.
- Charity: Acts of charity and donations are considered auspicious during this time to accumulate positive karma.
- Prayers: Special prayers and mantras are chanted to seek blessings for the well-being of the living and the departed souls.