Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shraddh Tithi (Pitra Paksha Calendar) : Thu, 23 Sept 2010 to Thu, 7 Oct 2010, Importance & rituals to perform shraddh

On each day of the dark fortnight (Pitra Paksha), special offerings are made to the ancestors whose lunar date (Tithi) of death corresponds to that particular day. Favourite food items of the departed person are specially prepared and offered after performing a puja .

One must offer food to Brahmin and donate Yatha Shakti. A small portion of the food is also offered to the Cow (Gow Grass) before offering it to Brahmin..

A small portion of the food is also offered to the crow who is considered as a connection between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Round balls of rice and flour, called pinda , are also offered, along with the sacred kusha grass and flowers, amidst sprinkling of water and chanting of mantras from the Sam Veda.

Purnima (Full Moon) ka shraddha: 23 Sept 2010

Ekam (Pratipada) ka shraddha: 24 Sept 2010

Dyitia ka Shraddh: 25 Sept 2010

Tritiya ka Shraddha: 26 Sep 2010

Chaturthi ka shraddh: 27 Sep 2010

Panchami ka shraddh: 28 Sep 2010

Shasthi ka shraddh: 29 Sep 2010

Saptami ka shraddh: 30 Sep 2010

Ashtami ka shraddh: 1 Oct 2010 (Jivitputrika Vrat)

Navami ka shraddh: 2 Oct 2010

Dashmi ka shraddha: 3 Oct 2010

Ekadasi ka shraddh: 4 Oct 2010

Dwadashi ka shraddh: 4 Oct 2010

Tryodashi ka shraddh: 5 Oct 2010

Chaturdashi ka shraddh (only when death due to accident, murder, by poisons etc): 6 Oct 2010

Chaturdashi / Amavasya ka shraddh: 7 Oct 2010

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