When is Pirtu Paksha 2023 starting?
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Shraddh is a word associated with reverence. By performing Tarpan and Shraddha during Pitru Paksha, people try and please their ancestors and bring them peace.
This is done to show respect towards the ancestors. In Pitru Paksha, Shraddh is performed for the peace of the souls of the ancestors. It is believed that by offering Shraddh or Tarpan to the ancestors during Pitru Paksha, the ancestors are pleased and Pitrudosh is eliminated. According to the scriptures, offerings are made with true devotion for the peace of the soul of the family members who leave their bodies, this is called Shraddh.
This time Pitru Paksha is starting from 29th September and will end on 14th October 2023. Pitru Paksha starts from the full moon day of Bhadrapada month and continues till the new moon day of Ashwin month. It is called Sarva Pitru Amavasya.
Due to Adhik Mass this year, all fasts and festivals will be delayed by 12 to 15 days. Usually, Pitru Paksha ends in the month of September, but this year Pitru Paksha will start at the end of September and will continue till mid-October.
29 September – Purnima Shraddha
30 September – Pratipada Shraddha, Dwitiya Shraddha
01 October – Tritiya Shraddha
02 October – Chaturthi Shraddha
03 October – Panchami Shraddha
04 October – Shashthi Shraddha
05 October – Saptami Shraddha
06 October – Ashtami Shraddha
07 October – Navami Shraddha
08 October – Dashami Shraddha
09 October – Ekadashi Shraddha
11 October – Dwadashi Shraddha
12 October – Trayodashi Shraddha
13 October – Chaturdashi Shraddha
14 October – Sarva Pitru Amavasya
During these 16 days of Pitru Paksha, Pind Daan, Tarpan and Shraddha are performed as per the date of deceased ancestors. There is also a tradition of giving water in Pitru Paksha, which is considered very important. But while performing these rituals it is important to keep some things in mind. Therefore, know when and how to giver water to the ancestors during Pitru Paksha.
Importance of sesame and kusha while offering water to ancestors
Kusha and sesame seeds are considered important while giving water to our ancestors during Pitru Paksha. Without this the entire ritual is incomplete.
In Hindu religion, Kusha is considered a symbol of Lord Vishnu and Lord Vishnu resides in sesame seeds. It is believed that when you offer Kusha to your ancestors, then by the grace of Lord Vishnu the ancestors attain salvation. Besides this, the ancestors also become happy with you and bless you.
Method to Give Water to Ancestors
Before giving water, take the necessary materials and sit facing south. Then take water, kusha, akshat, flowers and black sesame seeds in your hands and with folded hands, meditate on the ancestors and invite them to take water. After this offer water to the ancestors. While giving water to the ancestors, drop the water on the ground 5-7 or 11 times with Anjali. Keep in mind that while giving water during Pitru Paksha, one should maintain control over mind, actions and speech.
Mantras to recite when giving water to ancestor
During Pitru Paksha, one should meditate while giving water to the ancestors and should say that my father or ancestors in the form of Vasu should be satisfied by taking the water. While giving water, definitely take the name of your Gotra and along with it Gotra Asmatpitamah (Grandfather's name) Vasurupat Tripyatamidam Tilodkam Ganga Jalam Va Tasmai Swadha Namah, Tasmai Swadha Namah, Tasmai Swadha Namah. Give water 3 times while chanting this mantra.