Honoring Ancestors: Understanding Pitru Paksha

A significant period in the Hindu lunar calendar, a time dedicated to honoring and paying respects to one's ancestors or departed forefathers.

9/19/20232 min read

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In this blog, we would like to shed light on a significant period in the Hindu lunar calendar known as Pitru Paksha, a time dedicated to honoring and paying respects to one's ancestors or departed forefathers. This sacred observance holds great significance in the Hindu tradition and is marked by a series of rituals and offerings.

What is Pitru Paksha?

Pitru Paksha, also referred to as Pitru Paksha or Shraddha Paksha, spans approximately 16 days and usually falls in the lunar month of Bhadrapada, which corresponds to September-October in the Gregorian calendar. It commences on the full moon day (Purnima) and concludes on the new moon day (Amavasya) of the same month. This period aligns with the second fortnight of the Hindu lunar month.

Significance of Pitru Paksha: Pitru Paksha is considered a highly auspicious time for honoring and offering prayers to one's ancestors. It is believed that during these 16 days, the souls of departed ancestors revisit the earthly realm. To facilitate their journey towards a peaceful afterlife, families perform rituals called Sharad. These rituals involve offerings of food, water, and symbolic items to the departed souls. Pind Daan, the act of offering rice balls to the deceased, is an integral part of these ceremonies. Typically, these rituals are performed by the eldest son of the family or by a qualified priest.

Location and Traditions: Many choose to perform Pitru Paksha rituals near bodies of water, particularly rivers like the Ganges. It is believed that conducting these rituals at such locations enhances their significance and ensures the souls of ancestors find solace.

Dos and Don'ts: During Pitru Paksha, it is considered inauspicious to initiate new ventures or celebrations. Hence, many Hindus refrain from purchasing new clothes or conducting weddings during this period. Instead, people engage in acts of charity and donate to the needy to earn merit for their ancestors.

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Important Announcement: We would like to inform our valued customers that we are closing reservations for this year's Pitru Paksha dates. Bookings will be accepted on a subject-to-availability basis, and the previous promotional rates will not apply from today onwards.

If you wish to join us virtually on the last day of Pitru Paksha, please reach out to us. We would be honored to serve you on this auspicious day. If you'd like to include your family members' names in the ritual, it can be done on a donation basis. However, for translation purposes, we will require your family information, so act promptly to avoid any last-minute hassles or inconvenience.

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At Condolence Tours, we are committed to serving you with compassion and dedication during these sacred occasions. We look forward to being a part of your journey to honor your ancestors and celebrate the blessings of the divine.