Pitru Paksha or the lunar month stretching from the Purnima to the Amavasya in the Bhadrapada (August – September) month is very auspicious for performing the shradh and tarpan for the deceased ancestors. This is a special period dedicated for shradha ceremonies of all the ancestors died in any month and any paksha. Taking into account the tithi of the deceased soul, the shradha is organized during the Pitru Paksha. Scriptures of Hinduism say the shradh performed during the Pitru Paksha also called as the Mahalaya paksha is very auspicious and the merits acquired will be manifold than what ensues through performing the annual shradh ceremonies.
This year, Trayodashi shradh falls on Sunday, 7th October 2018.
Since the Dwadashi and Trayodashi tithis overlap on this day, both the shradhas are performed on the same day. Especially the shradha of the souls departed on Trayodashi tithi is performed on this day. In addition, this day is also meant for performing the shradh of the children who died young irrespective of the month, paksha and tithi in which they died. This year, the Magha star falls on the Trayodashi day and therefore this shradh is also called as Magha shradh. Magha star is ruled by the Pitrus (ancestors) and therefore it is very special to perform shradh ceremonies when this star prevails during the Pitru Paksha.
Importance of Pitru Paksha Shradh
Every day is a holy day. However, some days are specially meant for some purposes as different energies and powers rule the days. Pitru Paksha is considered the most auspicious time for performing the shradh ceremonies due to the fact that the ancestors visit their descendants during this time to receive the offerings directly.