Pitru Paksha begins: Know what is the importance of paying homage to deceased ancestors!
Pitru Paksha or Shradh Paksha holds great importance in Hinduism. According to the Hindu calendar, it begins on the full moon day (Purnima tithi), Krishna Paksha (according to the Punimanta calendar), and Bhadrapada (according to the Amavasanta calendar) in the month of Ashwin. Although the names of the months are different, the date remains the same.
It is a period of 15-16 days when rituals like Tarpan, Pind Daan, and Shradh are performed to pay homage to the ancestors for the peace of their souls. This year Pitru Paksha starts on Saturday (September 10) and will end on September 25.
Shubh Muhurta for 10th September
Kutup Muhurta: 11:53 am to 12:43 pm Rohinna Muhurta:
12:43 pm to 01:33 pm
Aphrana Hour: 01:33 pm to 04:04 pm
Importance of paying homage to deceased ancestors
Pitru Paksha comes after the full moon day and marks the beginning of the waxing moon cycle. According to Hinduism, it is believed that the souls of ancestors reside in Pitruloka and they descend on earth during these 16 days of Pitru Paksha. Therefore, the family members ensure that their ancestors attain Moksha (liberation) and perform Pind Daan.
It is also believed that this is an important time for people suffering from Pitra Dosha. For this, people perform various rituals and offer food to the crows. It is believed that if the crow accepts the food offered, it indicates that the ancestors are pleased. However, if it refuses to eat, it means that the ancestors have been offended.
Many prayers and rituals are performed to help free the soul from the cycle of birth, life, and death. It is said that if the Shradh is performed in the right way then the soul of the deceased comes down to bless their loved ones.