Pitru Paksha is a very important topic for the Hindus from the point of view of performing the shradh ceremonies of their ancestors. The period of Pitru Paksh extends from the purnima of the Bhadrapada (August – September) month to the Amavasya day. During the respective tithis when the ancestors died, special shradh is performed during the Pitru Paksha or the Mahalaya paksha. Shastras attach a great importance to the shradh ceremonies done during the Pitru Paksha period since they give added benefits to the performers and their families.
During this year, Dwitiya Shradh falls on Wednesday, 26th September 2018.
On this day, Shradh is done to the ancestors who passed away on the Dwitiya tithi irrespective of whether they died during the Shukla pasha or Krishna paksha. The other name of Dwitiya shradha is Dooj shrada. Shradh is an annual event coinciding with the month, paksha and tithi when the ancestors departed. Year on year, shradh and tarpan are done to them on this day to relieve their hunger in the astral worlds and also get their blessings on the family. If the annual shradh is not performed for some reason, performing it during the respective tithi during the Pitru paksha can give added benefits.
Importance of Pitru Paksha shradh
In Hinduism, the shastras attach a huge importance to Pitru Paksha shradh since all the ancestors from the Pitru lok (ancestral world) will be travelling to the earth to visit their descendants during this period. If Shradh is not performed to them, they get disappointed. If they are offered shradh and tarpan, they bless their descendants profusely.