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 2018 Dates :
|24 September 2018||(Monday)||Purnima Shraddha|
|25 September 2018||(Tuesday)||Pratipada Shraddha|
|26 September 2018||(Wednesday)||Dwitiya Shraddha|
|27 September 2018||(Thursday)||Tritiya Shraddha,|
|28 September 2018||(Friday)||Chaturthi Shraddha, Maha Bharani,|
|29 September 2018||(Saturday)||Panchami Shraddha|
|30 September 2018||(Sunday)||Shashthi Shraddha|
|1 October 2018||(Monday)||Saptami Shraddha|
|2 October 2018||(Tuesday)||Ashtami Shraddha|
|3 October 2018||(Wednesday)||Navami Shraddha|
|4 October 2018||(Thursday)||Dashami Shraddha|
|5 October 2018||(Friday)||Ekadashi Shraddha|
|6 October 2018||(Saturday)||Dwadashi Shraddha, Magha Shraddha,|
|7 October 2018||(Sunday)||Trayodashi Shraddha, Chaturdashi Shraddha|
|8 October 2018||(Monday)||Sarva Pitru Amavasya|