How to perform Shraddh Ceremony

Shraddh Ceremony 2013

On each day of the dark fortnight (Pitra Paksha), special offerings are made to the ancestors whose lunar date (Tithi) of death corresponds to that particular day. Favourite food items of the departed person are specially prepared and offered after performing a puja .

One must offer food to Brahmin and donate Yatha Shakti. A small portion of the food is also offered to the Cow (Gow Grass) before offering it to Brahmin..

A small portion of the food is also offered to the crow who is considered as a connection between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Round balls of rice and flour, called pinda , are also offered, along with the sacred kusha grass and flowers, amidst sprinkling of water and chanting of mantras from the Sam Veda.

Shraddh Tithi – Pitra Paksha Calendar

Thu, 19 Sep to Fri, 4 Oct 2013

Purnima (Full Moon) ka shraddha: Thu, 19 Sep

Ekam (Pratipada) ka shraddha: Fri, 20 Sep

Dyitia ka Shraddh: Sat, 21 Sep

Tritiya ka Shraddha: 21 Sep & 22 Sep (until 14.15 hrs)

Chaturthi ka shraddh: Mon, 23 Sep

Panchami ka shraddh: Tue, 24 Sep

Shasthi ka shraddh: Wed, 25 Sep

Saptami ka shraddh: Thu, 26 Sep

Ashtami ka shraddh: Fri, 27 Sep (Jivitputrika Vrat)

Navami ka shraddh: Sat, 28 Sep 

Dashmi ka shraddha: Sun, 29 Sep

Ekadasi ka shraddh: Mon, 30 Sep

Dwadashi ka shraddh: Tue, 1 Oct

Tryodashi ka shraddh: Wed, 2 Oct

Chaturdashi ka shraddh (only when death due to accident, murder, by poisons etc): Thu, 3 Oct

Chaturdashi (Normal Death) / Amavasya  ka shraddh: Fri, 4 Oct

Note : 1) Sarvpitru Sharaddh on Fri, 4 October 2013

2) Chaturdashi’s shraddha should observe on Amavas Day, unless some one died in accident/war.

If possible consult your pundits/purohit to perform this ceremony of departed souls.

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