Pitru Paksha is a 16–day lunar interval within the Hindu calendar which spans over the month of Bhadrapada and Ashwin. On this interval, Hindu households pay homage to their ancestors by providing meals and water (tarpan). Pitru Paksha 2021 will start on September 20 and finish on October 6. It’s believed that by performing the act of Tarpan throughout Pitru Paksha, households may help their forefathers and ancestors to do away with the cycle of rebirth. The tip of Pitru Paksha and the start of Devi Paksha is marked by Mahalaya.
In keeping with the Hindu calendar, this 12 months the Pitru Paksha is ranging from the total moon day of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month and can finish on the Mahalaya amavasya, the final day of the darkish fortnight of Ashwin month. By performing tarpan throughout Pitru Paksha, Hindus assist forefathers and ancestors’ souls to get salvation and full liberation.
The legend about Pitru Paksha is talked about within the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. In keeping with the mythological tales, Karna died and went to heaven on the 17th day of the Mahabharat warfare. There he was provided jewels, gems and diamonds as meals. He went to Lord Indra to know the explanation behind this. Lord Indra informed him that every one his life, he donated jewels, gems and diamonds in charity and by no means provided meals to his ancestors. Listening to this Karna repented and needed to rectify his mistake.
Karna was granted a 15-day interval to go to the mortal world and supply shraaddh to his ancestors. After coming again to earth, he provided water and meals to his ancestors earlier than returning to heaven once more. From that day, the interval got here to be referred to as Pitru Paksha.
Hindus consider within the idea of life after loss of life. They carry out shraaddh yearly for his or her departed ancestors. Shraaddh and Pind Daan are organized yearly to make sure the salvation of the departed souls.