Update: Mahalaya Paksha Masa – September 6th – September 17th 2017

The fortnight (15 days) preceding the Navaratri/Dasara or the second half “Krishna Paksha” of Bhadrapada Masa is called Pitru Paksha also known as Mahalaya Paksha. This period is important for honoring our ancestors. Men, whose fathers have passed away, offer their obeiscence (shraddha) to their ancestors during this period. This year it falls on the following days in the United States and India.
I was talking to my Father and he said this is the period where you remember all people who have made some impact in your life, relatives, friends, well wishers who have departed this world, and you have no way to convey your thanks, gratitude to them, and this is the time to offer your tarpana and say Thanks to them. Such noble thoughts. The person doesn’t have to be just your father or mother, anyone who is not in this world and you know them. Our religion is just awesome. We just have to know the real meaning of why we do certain rituals.
No functions such as upanayanam, marriage, gruhapravesha, engagement or any such activities performed during these 15 days. These 15 days are totally dedicated to our ancestors.
Pitru Paksha – Mahalaya Paksha : September 6th – September 20th 2017
There are many resources available online to assist in giving tarpana and doing shradha for the departed souls of ones family. Attached below are all the links.
If you have any resource, please share.

P.S: Please refer to dates in your country, and check with elders or temple priests.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lavanya on September 27, 2016 at 3:47 am

    how to do japas pls write in detail pls and what are the conditions to be followed and timings to be followed for doing japas. and which beeds to be used for doing which japa. pls tell me in detail. thanku


  2. Posted by Prasanna on December 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Do we have Tarpana PDFs in Tamil? I dont know to read Kannada. If any one has can you please let me know?


  3. Posted by prathibha on September 11, 2014 at 3:59 am

    pls send badri kshetra parichaya importance of that place


  4. Posted by sreenivas on September 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Very good informtion about pitrupaksha & Mahalayaamavasa.


  5. Posted by Gopinatharao.m on September 22, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Still I have doubt. I thinh it is son who has to do even sakalpa.will you kindly clarify.
    Hare Srinivasa.


  6. Posted by Graghavendra,hyderabad on September 19, 2013 at 3:02 am

    it is very good information about the pithru pksha thanku !! hare srinivasa!!


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