Ashtami Shraddha refers to the ancestral worship and offerings performed to please the ancestors who died on Ashtami tithi. Ashtami Shraddha can be performed for ancestors who died during any paksha or lunar fortnight namely Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) or Krishna Paksha (waning phase).
Pitri Paksha Shraddhas are Parvan Shraddhas. The ideal times to perform this procedure are Kutup Muhurt and Rohina Muhurt. Ashtami Shraddha can be performed until post meridian before Aparahna Kala comes to a close. The Shraddha must be followed by Tarpan (offerings to the ancestors).
Day of Ashtami Shraddha
Ashtami Shraddha is actually the eighth day of the Pitru Paksha. According to the lunar calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra, Ashtami Shraddha falls on the Ashami tithi of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase) in the month of Bhadrapada. According to the North Indian calendar, Ashtami Shraddha falls in the month of Ashwin.
During times when the Ashtami Tithi coincides with Arudra Nakshatra, it is known as Arudra Ashtami. This day is highly auspicious for performing Shiva Puja. The Shiva Puja performed on this day can dispel all kinds of negativity surrounding the home and drive positivity and prosperity into the family.
Best places to perform Ashtami Shraddha
Though Ashtami Shraddha can be performed at one’s home, some holy pilgrim sites across the nation are especially dedicated for performing it. Performing Ashtami Shraddha at Varanasi, Prayag Sangam, Haridwar, Rishikesh or Rameshwaram can give excellent results to the performers. Also, since long in history, Noopura Ganga Tirtam in Alagar Kovil located near Madurai city in Tamil Nadu is considered the best place to perform Ashtami Shraddha.