The Pitra Paksha : Shraadh

Pitra Paksha, also known as Mahalay, is a period of fifteen days. It is the time designated to give devotion or to offer respect to the dead and departed ancestors of the family. These Fifteen days are called ” Pitra Paksha”, or most popularly known as “Shraadh” days. They are also called by the name of “Kanagat.”

The dark half of Ashvina (September-October) is observed as Pitra Paksha throughout the Hindu world. The elder son or grandsons of the family performs shraadh in honor of the dead a nd offers respectful homage, during this period. It is believed that only after performance of Shraadh ritual, the soul of the deceased relative attains moksha…….. Read More about Pitra Paksha