Shraddha Paksha(Pitrupaksha) 2013

Shraddha Paksha(Pitrupaksha) 2013   Pitru shraddha. (The day for remembering our ancestors)

This year 2013 the day is on Sept 19th in East USA to Oct 3rd/4th. 2013. poonam shraddha can be done on sept 19,2013.

In Hindu culture, Once a year, every year, comes Shraddha Paksha. (The Ancestors’ forthnight). The time to pay respects, perform some religious ceremony and remember our ancestors – Known as Pitrtus, honor their wisdom, sacrifices and their being that have helped us come into this world and be what we are today.  On the day of their particular shraddha day, It is believed that if we cook their favorite food and offer to the Pancha maha bhoot- birds/crows, cows, dogs, give some to children, the temple priest, the poor etc, the ancestors will be fully satisfied where ever they are for the next one year and will have a happy and fulfilling life no matter where they are at this time. They will shower blessings of happiness, health and prosperity upon us and our family of future generations.  Starting tomorrow, for the next 15 days, in Hindu calendar we offer prayers, respects to the dearly departed ancestors of our family. They have done a lot for us during their life time and this is a special day in one year when we remember them all, each on their specific day or departing from this world and from us.

In my family we  typically sing the following prayer/s of

In respect to our ancestors, I am posting these small prayers in audio/video in gujrati to remember them. Recitation of the bhagwad gita chapter 12 and 15 are also considered to be very beneficial for the ancestors as it helps them in achieving peace and happiness in their  abode/next life cycle. Cook their favorite food on this day  and feed all you can and after offering to all, enjoy the meal with your family.

In case you do not remember which day they passed, the last day is a good day to offer your food and prayers. It is know as Sarva Pitru shraddha. (The day for all the ancestors) Sarva pirtushraddha This year 2013  in East USA is  Oct 3rd/4th. 2013

 

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  1. Reblogged this on pratibhajanisvegetarianrecipes and commented:
    Shraddha paksha or pitru paksha is a special time to remember your ancestors and cook yummy food of their liking offer to the panch maha bhoot and consume with your family. This is considered to make your ancestors satisfied and give you blessing for the future. click here for more details

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