Pitru Paksha which “fortnight of the ancestors” is a 16 day lunar period when Hindu’s pay homage to their ancestors (Pitrs) by offering food to them.
Tarpan and Shradh are performed during this 16 day period which is also known as Pitri Pokkho, Sola Shraddha (“sixteen shraddhas”), Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya Paksha and Apara paksha.
The Pitru Paksha begins on the full moon day (Purnima) that occurs immediately after the Ganesh festival and ending on new moon day which is known as Sarvapitri amavasya or Mahalaya.
However in North India and Nepal this period corresponds to the dark fortnight of the month Ashvin, instead of Bhadrapada.
Pitru Paksha is considered to be inauspicious by Hindus.
Pitru Paksha 2017 Dates :
|5 September 2017||(Tuesday)||Purnima Shraddha|
|6 September 2017||(Wednesday)||Pratipada Shraddha|
|7 September 2017||(Thursday)||Dwitiya Shraddha|
|8 September 2017||(Friday)||Tritiya Shraddha, Chaturthi Shraddha|
|9 September 2017||(Saturday)||Maha Bharani, Panchami Shraddha|
|10 September 2017||(Sunday)||Shashthi Shraddha|
|11 September 2017||(Monday)||Saptami Shraddha|
|12 September 2017||(Tuesday)||Ashtami Shraddha|
|13 September 2017||(Wednesday)||Navami Shraddha|
|14 September 2017||(Thursday)||Dashami Shraddha|
|15 September 2017||(Friday)||Ekadashi Shraddha|
|16 September 2017||(Saturday)||Dwadashi Shraddha|
|17 September 2017||(Sunday)||Magha Shraddha, Trayodashi Shraddha|
|18 September 2017||(Monday)||Chaturdashi Shraddha|
|19 September 2017||(Tuesday)||Sarva Pitru Amavasya|