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Special Feature.....
Pitri Paksh is one of the most misunderstood topics
in the Hindu Religion.The following article is a humble effort to
educate the masses on the topic.

Pandit Bhadase Maharaj.

Krishna Leela
Raam Nawmi
Janam Ashtmi
Hanuman Jayanti
Guru Purnima
Raksha Bandhan

Ganesh Chaturthi
Pitri Paksh
Maha Shiva Raatri
Phagwah or Holi
Why Hindus Wear The Tilak
Mantra of the month

Pitri Paksh.....
The fifteen days of the dark half of the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October)is known as Pitri Paksh.Hindus offer Tillanjali (water with black sesame seeds)in the name of their departed ancestors during these fifteen days.They also perform Paarnava Sradha on the tithi or lunar day which their Pitri departed from the physical body.
We owe three principal debts according to the Dharam Shastras:
1.Debts to the Devtas
2.Debts to Rishis
3.Debts to Pitras.

The debt to the Pitras is the greatest of these three;the reason being that your Pitras were your visible Gods.
Parents made tremendous sacrifices for their children's welfare;suffered financial,physical and mental strains to look after the welfare of their children.Hence,they are most worthy to be repaid by their offspring.
The debts to the Pitris are paid through the performance of Sradhas.The meaning of Sradha is an act of devotion or that which is given in devotion(to the Brahmins in honour of the manes).It's a term synonymos with paying our debts to our ancestors.
Karam Kanda texts recommends that as Hindus we should perform Pinda -Daan and give charity to learned Brahmins and also feed them.
Pinda-Daan at midday is exceedingly beneficial to the Pitras.The Pitras remain happy throughout the year and bless their offsprings with happiness.

Greatness of Sradha in Pitri Paksh.....

The Dharam Shastras state that whosoever perform Sradha during Pitri Paksh live a long and healthy life,begets sons,fame,wealth and attains the heavenly regions in the hereafter.Through the grace of their ancestors,they shall be prosperous and happy in all phases of life.

During the month of Ashwin in Pitri Paksh,the ancestors keep hoping that their offsprings will perform Pinda-Daan(Sradha)and offer tillanjali to please them.With this hope they leave the abode of the Pitras and come to earth.However,when they do not get tillanjali or Pinda they return disappointed to their abode.
All faithful Hindus,during Pitri Paksh should offer water and Pinda to their ancestors.
They should also give Daan or charity according to their means.The Shastras also declares that those who do not perform Sradha for their ancestors will not get heroic and healthy sons with long life.

Who should perform Sradha.....

The son is the first choice.If there is no son then,the daughter's son is recomended.If however,there are no children then one in the family who is eligible can perform the Sradha or an adopted son of noble linage can perform the Sradha.
If there are many sons,the eldest should perform the rites.If the sons are living at different addresses then only one should perform the rite.In the absence of a son,the grandson or great-grandson can also perform the rite.
Your brother's son,your wife or husband can perform the rite if there is no son.The husband should NOT perform Sradha for his wife if their son is alive.
In the absence of all the above,the Shishya(a student of spirituality)can perform the Sradha.Above all,the Pandit(priest)can perform the Sradha in the absence of all the above,at all times.

Sradha can be performed and Tillanjali can be offered for father,grandfather,great-grandfather.mother,grandmother,great-grandmother,both paternal and maternal also;maternal and paternal uncles,fathers-in-law,mothers-in-law brothers and sisters.

Pandit Bhadase Maharaj.