Pitru Paksha is a 16–day lunar interval within the Hindu calendar which spans over the month of Bhadrapada and Ashwin. In this era, 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 is believed that by performing the act of Tarpan throughout Pitru Paksha, households may also help their forefathers and ancestors to eliminate the cycle of rebirth. The finish of Pitru Paksha and the start of Devi Paksha is marked by Mahalaya.
According to the Hindu calendar, this 12 months the Pitru Paksha is ranging from the complete 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. According to the mythological tales, Karna died and went to heaven on the 17th day of the Mahabharat warfare. There he was supplied jewels, gems and diamonds as meals. He went to Lord Indra to know the explanation behind this. Lord Indra advised him that each one his life, he donated jewels, gems and diamonds in charity and by no means supplied meals to his ancestors. Hearing this Karna repented and wished to rectify his mistake.
Karna was granted a 15-day interval to go to the mortal world and provide shraaddh to his ancestors. After coming again to earth, he supplied water and meals to his ancestors earlier than returning to heaven once more. From that day, the interval got here to be generally known as Pitru Paksha.
Hindus imagine within the idea of life after dying. 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.
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