Pitru Paksha 2017: Dates, Shradh timings, worldwide calendar
Pitru Paksha 2017 is approaching. During this period people offer special rites and rituals to their ancestors.
Pitru Paksha Shraddh begins on Ashwin Krishna Pratipada or first day of Ashwin month as per North Indian calendar. It starts on Bhadrapad Krishna Pratipada as per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, and Kannada calendars.
During Pitru Paksha, each day is dedicated to different section of dead ancestors.. such as dead women, dead children, accidentally dead ancestors, etc.
Detailed Pitru Paksha 2017 calendar
Purnima Shraddh - September 5
Pratipada Shraddh - September 6
Dwitiya Shraddh - September 7
Tritiya Shraddh - September 8
Chaturthi Shraddh - September 9
Panchami Shraddh - September 10
Sashti Shraddh - September 11
Saptami Shraddh - September 12
Ashtami Shraddh - September 13 - Madhvashtami or Arudrashtami
Navami Shraddh - September 14 - Avidhava Navami or Avidhva Navami (Matru Navami)
Dashami Shraddh - September 15
Ekadashi Shraddh - September 16 - Indira Ekadashi
Dwadasi Shraddh - September 17 - Yateenam Mahalaya Shraddh or Yathi Dwadashi, Trayodashi Shraddh, Balbolaniteras
Trayodasi Shraddh - September 18 - Shraddh Chaturdashi, Ghat Chaturdashi
Matamaha Shraddh - September 20
Dates in other countries
USA and Canada - September 6 to September 20
UK and Europe - September 6 to September 20
UAE & Gulf countries - September 6 to September 20
Singapore - September 6 to September 20
Malaysia - September 6 to September 20
South Africa and African countries - September 6 to September 20
Australia - September 6 to September 20
New Zealand - September 6 to September 20
Mauritius - September 6 to September 20
Maldives - September 6 to September 20
Pitru Paksha is a 15 lunar day's period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, especially through food offerings. According to South Indian Amavasyant calendar it falls in the lunar month of Bhadrapada beginning with the full moon day or day after full moon day says Drik Panchang.
According to North Indian Purnimant calendar this period falls in the lunar month of Ashwin beginning with the full moon day in Bhadrapada or next day of full moon day. It is just nomenclature of lunar months which differs and both North Indians and South Indians perform Shraddha ritual on similar days.
How to perform
Every year, an important period of 16 days (Pitru Paksha or Shraadh) is dedicated to the ancestors or forefathers. Pitru Paksha is considered perfect for performing Tarpan rituals. It is believed that the rituals performed during Shradh produces best results for pleasing the ancestors. Shradh occurs right before the Sharada Navaratri in autumn. Shradh or Tarpan ritual is also performed on the death anniversary of the departed family member. Different Tarpan rituals are performed for different departed members of the family or a particular day from Shraddha during Pitru Paksha is dedicated to that departed member. His or her favorite food items and clothes are offered to Brahmins or Pandits. Brahmins consume the food items and except the offerings and it is believed that finally they reached to our ancestors or forefathers.