Pitru Paksha, India

It holds special significance to Hindus as ancestors are honored during Pitru Paksha. Pitru Paksha is also called Pitri Pokkho, Sorah Sharddha, Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya Paksha, and Apara Paksha. Performing Shradh rituals for ancestors can grant the performer long life, health, and wealth as well as salvation, according to the Markandeya Purana. Performing Shradh ensures that the souls of one's ancestors reach heaven and is considered very important in Hinduism. Pitru Paksha is when the present generation repays the ancestors for their debts. Tributes are paid to three generations preceding the deceased.

Bhadrapad is the first full moon day of the month, and Sarvapitri Amavasya is the last. There are several other names for this Amavasya, including Pitri Amavasya, Peddala Amavasya, and Mahalaya Amavasya. The Sun typically changes hemispheres during this period, as it does most years.

A Shraddha ritual is performed on the day of the ancestors' deaths during Pitru Paksha Shradh. Lunar days may be excluded under certain circumstances and assigned under a condition of life or death in a specific manner. A person's death in the previous year falls under the auspices of the fourth and fifth lunar days (Chautha Bharani and Bharani Panchami). A married woman's death is commemorated on Avidhava Navami (ninth lunar day). Children and ascetics are associated with the 12th lunar day. The 14th lunar day of Ghata Chaturdashi honoring people who died unnaturally. It is intended that Sarvapitri Amavasya be performed for all ancestors irrespective of the day of their death. Pilgrims from several states travel to Gaya along the Falgu River to offer Pinda to their ancestors.

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