In the Hindu religion, service to parents is considered the greatest worship. Therefore, in Hindu religious scriptures, it is considered essential to have a son to save the ancestors. To prevent the birth parents from being forgotten by people after their death, there is a special provision for performing Shraddha for them. The sixteen days from Bhadrapada Purnima to Ashwin Krishna Paksha Amavasya are called Pitru Paksha in which we serve our ancestors. Pitru Paksha, which is also called Shraddha or Kanagat, starts with Shraddha Purnima and ends after sixteen days on Sarva Pitru Amavasya. It happens. Hindus pay respect, thanks and homage to their ancestors (i.e. ancestors), especially through food offerings.
एकैकस्य तिलैर्मिश्रांस्त्रींस्त्रीन् दद्याज्जलाज्जलीन्। यावज्जीवकृतं पापं तत्क्षणादेव नश्यति।
According to Indian scriptures, three types of debts are considered to be the main ones for humans – debt to ancestors, debt to Gods and debt to sages. Among these, debt to ancestors is paramount. Apart from the father, the ancestral debt also includes the mother and all those elders who helped us in maintaining and developing our lives.
The offerings made during the Pitru Paksha make the life of the ancestors themselves. He repays the debt of Ambhapran by taking a portion of the grain of barley and rice that his son or his family gives in his name. Right from Ashwin Krishna Pratipada, that chakra starts turning upwards. After taking their respective part for 15 days, the ancestors go back with the same cosmic energy from the Pratipada of Shukla Paksha. That's why it is called Pitru Paksha and by performing Shraddha in this Paksha, ancestors are blessed.
It is believed that at the time of Shraddha, ancestors come to earth to bless their relatives. The description of the Shraddh ritual is found in both the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
An incident from Mahabharata of Pitru Paksha
An incident of Shraddha is as follows from the epic Mahabharata, after the end of the war between Kaurava-Pandavas, when everything came to an end, the noble Karna reached heaven after death. Gold, silver and jewellery were served to them instead of food. On this, he asked Indra, the lord of heaven, the reason for this. On this, Indra told Karna that throughout his life he donated only gold, silver and diamonds, but never donated any food in the name of his ancestors. Karna replied that he had no knowledge about his ancestors, hence he was unable to do so. Then, Indra advised Karna to return to Earth, where he donated food during these sixteen days. And offered tarpan to his ancestors. And thus the charitable Karna was freed from the debt of his ancestors.
According to the Hindu calendar, Shraddha Paksha is going to start from 10th September and continue till 25th September 2022. The period from Bhadrapada Purnima Tithi to Amavasya Tithi of Ashwin month is known as Pitru Paksha. During this time, Tarpan, Pind Daan, and Shraddha are performed for the ancestors so that their souls can rest in peace.
Before the ritual, our Yugantar Pandit ji will make a Sankalp over the phone. And the puja will be performed by Pandit Ji with complete rituals. After the puja, a Brahmin feast will be organized in your name.