5 Things to Avoid During 16-Day Long Shradh

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Pitru Paksha is a period of 16 long days when people offer prayers to their ancestors in order to seek their blessing. This time of the year entails several dos and don’ts as per the Hindu tradition.

Pitru Paksha 2023: 5 Things to Avoid During 16-Day Long Shradh
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Pitrapaksha holds great significance in the Hindu religion. These 16 days are dedicated to our ancestors and forefathers. During this time people offer prayer and pay obeisance to their ancestors seeking their blessings. According to Drik Panchang, Pitru paksha will begin from the Bhadrapada Purnima tithi i.e. September 29, 2023 and end on 14 October 2023. It is also known as Shradh Paksha. Shraddh is performed for the peace of the ancestor’s souls. It is a belief that offering shraddh or tarpan to ancestors during pitru paksha will please them and eliminate the pitrudosh.

Pitra Paksha 2023: Things to avoid doing during Shraddh

  1. It is a belief that cutting hair or shaving a beard should be avoided on these fifteen days.
  2. Buying gold, silver and artificial jewellery is considered inauspicious during Pitra Paksha.
  3. Avoid buying new clothes because they are considered inauspicious.
  4. Avoid any auspicious activities during Shraddh such as marriage, engagements and housewarming rituals. It is a belief that they bring bad luck.
  5. Avoid eating non-vegetarian food. Alcohol and tobacco should be avoided at all costs.
  6. Do not buy new clothes because it is a belief that problems will come into your house.
  7. Avoid buying a home or shifting to a new home during these 15 days as they bring bad luck.
  8. Do not use iron utensils or any other object made of iron during Shraddh. Instead opt for silver, brass and copper.

Pitru Paksha 2023: History and Ritual

According to Hindu belief, the three generations of ancestors stay in Pitralok after their death. During Pitru paksha, for sixteen days, Yamraja or yama ( the god of death) sets them free to visit their family and receive gifts every year. Other than giving gifts, people also visit the river Ganga to perform shradh and pind daan.

On pitru paksha, people worship ancestors and offer prayers, food and clothes to their deceased members. On these days they call Brahmin into the house and give them satvik foods and clothes, and in the end, they touch their feet and take blessing.

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