Archive for September 9th, 2022

Update: Mahalaya Paksha Masa – September 10th – September 25th 2022

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. 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 10th – 25th 2022 USA
Pitru Paksha – Mahalaya Paksha :September 11th – 25th 2022 India
September 18th – Avidhava Navami USA
September 19th – Avidhava Navami India
For women who are Mutaides and leave this world before their Husbands, and while husbands are still alive this special day is celebrated during Paksha Masa.

The word Avidhava means one who is not a widow or sumangali. According to our scriptures, Avidhava Navami is to be observed till the husband of the sumangali is alive.

I fell a deep pain listening to this, since it is now happening to our mother.

For those of you who have lost your Mothers, this is the day to give Bhagina for married women in the name of your mothers. Many of you may have lost your Sisters, Aunts, grandmothers and if their husbands are still alive is when this is celebrated. So, take a moment to donate on this day.

Let’s take the time to remember them, pray for them and seek blessings from them.

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.

This information about Pithru paksha on twitter by Bhargava sharma @bhargavasarma. Sharing it here.

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


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