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Pitru Paksha is a sixteen-day session in which Hindus tribute and grants attentiveness to their antecedents. On the first Purnima along with Vinayaka Chavithi, this period begins and it ends on Peddala Amavasya. There is no specific place where this Pitru Paksha is celebrated. From 2nd September 2020 to 17th September 2020 Shraddhas are performed. Sarva Pitru Shraddha/Amavasa or Mahalaya Amavasya is celebrated on 17th September, 2020 on Thursday.

About Pitru Dosh

Pitru Dosha is generated in a Horoscope, and it is a negative hatha yoga if Rahu is positioned in either the 2nd, 4th, 5th, or the 9th House. Due to these placing of Rahu, one may not be free to extend significant success even with having a lot of talent and capacity. If someone is facing various problems it is called Pitru dosha.

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Date and Time

In 2019, Shraddha starts on 2nd September 2020 (Wednesday) and end on 17th September 2020 (Thursday).

The untimely death of anyone gives us pain and sufferings but the same happens with them too because it is said that a body dies but souls don’t. souls exist till the end of this universe and if any dies with premature death one must be set free to take another birth in the form of a new human being. An unsatisfied soul is more and more in pain than its family members so its the responsibility of its family members to relive it from this immortal world. In Hinduism, a 13-day process is already in existence to offer prayers to our loved one’s soul when they leave us but when a person suffers an untimely death, in that case, the 13-day process is not advised. People perform Pitru Paksha Puja mainly in the Badrapadha month in lunar eclipse i.e the second half of the month(Krishna Paksha). The 15 Lunar days are called as Prathama, Dwitiya, Tritiya, Chaturthi, Panchami, Shashthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, Dhasami, Ekadashi, Dwadashi, Trayodashi, Chaturdashi, Amavasya.

In all tithi of this period of pitru paksha father parental group and mother parental group. Mother side: wife, son, paternal cousin, maternal brother, father sisters, mother sisters, and father in law.

Date Day Tithi Shraddha
02-09-2020 Wednesday Krishna Pratipada Pratipada Shraddha
03-09-2020 Thursday Krishna Dwitiya Dwitiya Shraddha
05-09-2020 Saturday Krishna Tritiya Tritiya Shraddha
06-09-2020 Sunday Krishna Chaturthi Chaturthi Shraddha
07-09-2020 Monday Bharani Nakshatra Maha Bharani/ Panchami Shraddha
08-09-2020 Tuesday Krishna Shasti Shasti Shraddha
09-09-2020 Wednesday Krishna Saptami Sapthami Shraddha
10-09-2020 Thursday Krishna Ashtami Ashtami Shraddha
11-09-2020 Friday Krishna Navami Navami Shraddha
12-09-2020 Saturday Krishna Dasami Dashami Shraddha
13-09-2020 Sunday Krishna Ekadasi Ekadasi Shraddha
14-09-2020 Monday Krishna Dwadasi Dwadashi Shraddha
15-09-2020 Tuesday Magha Nakshatra

Magha/ Trayodasi Shraddha

16-09-2020 Wednesday Krishna Chaturdashi Chaturdasi Shraddha
17-09-2020 Thursday Krishna Amavasya Sarva Pitru Amavasya

Week Days Benefits

Monday - good fortune

Tuesday - victory

Wednesday - fulfillment desire

Thursday - obtaining knowledge

Friday - acquire knowledge

Saturday - long life

Sunday - health

pitru paksha puja on the bank of the river

Significance of Pitru Paksha Pooja

As per Garuda Puran, it’s advised to perform the shradh rituals in the first year of the death of an individual because after departing he gets the food to eat after a gap of one complete year. Basically it is believed, when a person departs 13-days last rites are performed by its family members and food is offered to him. After 13 days the soul starts its journey and reaches Yamlok in eleven(11) months and in the last one month(12th) he reaches to the court of yam. Then only he gets the food to eat. This is the reason performing shradh is very important.

Amavasya also called Mahalaya Amavasya is dedicated to the departed souls. When you leave this body you are guided into another world by a set of Devas or Angels. Pururava, Vishvedeva - these are their names. They come and guide you from one level to another level. Mahalaya Amavasya is the day when you remember all the departed souls and thank them and wish peace for them.

There is an ancient tradition in which the family members take a few sesame seeds and a little bit of rice, and then they think of their ancestors and say, ‘May you be contented, may you be contented, may you be contented.’ They say this three times and then they drop the little grains of sesame seeds with some water.

The significance of this ritual is to tell the departed that – If you still have some desires in your mind, know that they are like sesame seeds. They are not significant, just drop them. We will take care of them for you. You will be free, happy and contented! There is huge universe in front of you. The universe is infinite, so look forward and go; drop whatever is pulling you back. This is called Tarpana.

Tarpana means bringing satisfaction and fulfillment to the departed. It is done to tell them to be contented and move further. Water is a symbol of love. To give anyone water means giving love. In Sanskrit, Ap means water and it also means love. And in Sanskrit someone who is very dear is called Apta. So, in their memory, you give them water as a symbol of love and life and that is why this is called Mahalaya Amavasya. On this day think of all your ancestors.

In Vedic tradition, three generations on the mother's side and father's side are remembered, and all other friends, relatives, and anyone who has crossed over to the other side. Think of them and tell them to be satisfied. Usually, in their memory, people also do some charity, by giving food to some people and to animals..."

Lunar Tithi Benefits

Lunar Tithi Benefit
Prathama Gaming a good fortune and ability to give birth to healthy baby
Dwitiya Conceiving baby girl
Tritiya Acquiring fame
Chaturthi Acquiring cattle wealth
Panchami conceiving a bright male child
Shashthi A good looking male child
Saptami Acquiring farm and land
Ashtami Obtaining success in business
Navami Acquiring business improvement
Dhasami Expansion of latte
Ekadashi Acquiring clothes and other luxurious
Dwadashi Acquiring gold and silver
Trayodashi Gaining superiority in community
Chaturdashi Gaining good citizens persons who died in battle field
Amavasya Fulfillment of all wishes

Processes

Shardha is done in four steps:

  1. Vishwadeva Sthapana - This specifies the process of consulting a professional priest and collect all the other required materials to perform the ritual.
  2. Pindadan - Food is offered to the souls made up of rice, barley, cow milk, honey, ghee, and sugar in a round-shaped ball.
  3. Tarpan - Tarpan is offering water along with sesame seeds, barley, kush grass and white flours.
  4. Feeding of brahmins - Finally, food is offered to Brahmins as gratitude.

Timings

Each month in a year has two equal days paksha, one is Shukla paksha and another one is Krishna paksha. In India, North Indians perform this in the Krishna paksha of Ashwin months and South Indian perform this in the Krishna paksha of Bhadrapada month. Last day of Krishna paksha is known as Sarvpitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya and it also marks the beginning of Durga Puja.

Pitru Paksha Puja or Offering Shradh

Kind act of paying the ultimate token of respect to ancestors through offerings mainly food (pindam). Considered to be one of the most significant religious act an individual should perform in life- dedicating a few days annually from a busy schedule to honor one's ancestors thereby seeking blessings of past generations.

The period for performing "shraddha" this year is calendered from 02 September 2020 – 17 September 2020. Celebration extends to two weeks ending on day of sarvapitri Amavasya.Final day seems to be most auspicious for offerings.

The ceremony is best when performed in the presence of purohit. We Puja N Pujari have lined up our team of purohits to guide devotees making homages comply with vedic standards.

Shradh Pooja Samagri

Occurrence: Shradh pooja also known as pitru paksha is a special puja organized to pay homage and respects to our ancestors. This puja can be done in a specified time period which starts from first day of Ashwin month till Amavasya or new moon day (As per North Indian calendar) whereas as per south Indian calendar it starts from the new moon day of Bhadrapada month. 

Beliefs: This puja is done by the deceased relatives to offer food, fruits and other items to the sages or brahmins and pacify the soul of the deceased. 

Offerings: To pacify the souls of our ancestors shradh puja is done with minute details in a procedural manner. 

What to Donate in Shradh?

Donating auspicious items in shradh puja helps get rid of “pitru dosha”. Each of the items has their own significance as per the mythological beliefs and preferences. Puja N Pujari team has listed those puja items for our dedicated customers which can benefit them as and when required. 

  • Jaggery - It helps fight impoverishment and blesses with wealth and happiness. 
  • Land - Offering land to a sage helps you grow financially. 
  • Gold - It reduces disharmony in the house and helps establish a peaceful relationship among family members.
  • Cow - Giving cow as a gift to others helps you by giving name, fame and all wordily pleasures as it is one of the purest donation to be made by anyone. 
  • Food Grains - It imparts prosperity.
  • Ghee - Offering ghee to a sage helps you grow in all perspectives of life. 
  • Salt - Salt pacifies the souls of our ancestors and thus they blesses us with boons.
  • Clothes - Always a pair of clothes is being gifted to the sages which blesses with prosperity and mental peace.
  • Silver - Offering silver also pacifies the souls of our ancestors and gives them relief from pain.  
  • Sesame seeds - Offering sesame seeds protects us from any kind of dangers. 

Do's & Dont's 

Do's

Don't

Use cow milk, cow curd and cow milk ghee.

A recent motherly cow should not be prefered for sharadh rituals processes

Use mustard, barley, peas and kangani, seasame in the rituals

Don’t use meat, chicken, eggs for the rituals.

Use gold, copper, silver and bronze utensils for the rituals.

Never use iron as it disturbs the departed souls.

Importance of doing Shradh (death rituals)

When a person dies whichever way he dies any of you in India it is not a reality but if you have seen death  close up someone close to you died and you are supposed to sit and watch nobody  leaves a dead body  alone someone has to be there. If you have sat there if you keep the body for over two days or three days you will see the hair will grow only if a person is shaving you will notice it , because the facial hair can be noticed,  nails will grow.

Can Daughters do shradh?

shradh puja by daughters

Yes, they certainly can. Be it a male or female every son/daughter has equal rights to perform the shradh puja for his/her parents. 

Shradh is meant to provide tharpanam to the deceased soul for its rebirth and free flow from this universe for ever and if it is done by anyone else other than their own family members then how a deceased will get tharpanma? So, It is always advised that shradh puja must be done by ones own family members to attain “pitru tharpanam” and so be it a girl or a boy they are equally eligible for that. 

Places For Shradh Puja

  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Prayaga (Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh
  • Gaya, Bihar
  • Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
  • Badrinath, Uttarakhand
  • Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
  • Gokarn, Town in Karnataka
  • Nasik, Maharashtra
  • Kapal Mochan Sarovar, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana

Precaution:

If pitru tharpanam is done by a female then one must use white sesame seeds in the shradh puja instead of black sesame seeds. 

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    kasthuri
    22/11/2020 8:00:45 PM

    my husband dwath anniversary is 21 dec.20 to perform thuthi when the date will come.

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    Sneha
    16/09/2020 10:01:39 PM

    I don't have father and no brother ... My daughter can I do pratra karya

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    Amishi
    30/08/2020 7:58:31 AM

    My father demise took place in nov 2019. Can i do Shardh puja in sep 2020 or at his first death anniversary.

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    Ashish kumar sharma
    28/08/2020 2:07:06 PM

    Tarpan and feeding of Brahmins want to enquire about

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    Bhagyalakshmi
    05/06/2020 5:41:39 PM

    Do you perform thithi pooja

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      18/06/2020 4:26:31 PM

      Yes, we perform shradh pooja to forefathers by considering particular tithi or the day. It can be performed year wise and month wise.

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      Rajaram
      29/08/2020 8:47:07 PM

      Can you please let me know if you can do Pitru Paksya puja over zoom or skype call on September 7, 2020? Please reply in rajarampande@gmail.com. Thank you.

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    B Sharma
    29/03/2020 2:45:21 PM

    My son seems to have heavy Pitru dosha / Kal surp dosha. He is going to be a father in July. I want to complete the pujas before that. Pls suggest a right place and day . We live in Chennai

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      18/06/2020 4:23:12 PM

      Pitru dosh nivaran can be done in your place, just book puja through online pujaNpujari services. Please visit - https://www.pujanpujari.com/Bengaluru/puja/shradh-ceremony-pitru-paksha-puja/86/8

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    Manibabu
    26/12/2019 9:09:43 AM

    Can Shraddha be done on the 11th day of the person's expiry?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 7:03:53 AM

      Yes, Shraddha can be performed on the 11th day of persons death

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    Pradeep
    13/09/2019 1:29:16 PM

    If there is a rebirth, why is Pitru Paksha celebrated?

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      pujaNpujari
      18/10/2019 10:19:01 AM

      Pitru Paksha is celebrated to offer food to their ancestors. It is not dictated that every person will get rebirth, so the ritual is performed

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    Deepa
    10/09/2019 5:30:12 PM

    Is Shradh pooja should be performed on the bank of the river for best results? I am a resident of Bangalore, can i perform here with my family members at home. I have one question about this, does pitru paksha has to celebrated on the date of people died or else every year in the month of Badrapada?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 7:03:17 AM

      Pitru Paksha is celebrated on the bank of the river, but as per your convenience you can also perform at home. Every year on the tithi of people died can be offered Shraddha

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    Jitendra
    04/09/2019 5:21:14 PM

    Why Shraddha is performed particularly on 11th or 14th day even after the man is dead? Can you please tell me the reason and is it compulsory to do the ritual ??

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 7:00:07 AM

      From the Vedas it is said that, the soul will be on earth for 13 days, so people perform Shraddh at the end of 13th or 14 days after the person is died.

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    SANTHOSH SHETTY
    30/08/2019 4:16:43 PM

    From which date we can go and perform Pitru dosha pooja in rameswaram.

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:58:19 AM

      Dates are available throughout the year, contact purohit to know more about the details https://www.pujanpujari.com/purohit/Bengaluru

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    sreenu
    30/08/2019 4:11:54 PM

    We are from Bangalore, we want to perform shradh pooja in gokarna. What would be the cost. And is there any accomodation available?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:53:05 AM

      Cost is reasonable and we also offer accomodation call us +91 9916344447 at and get the details

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    Shobha
    27/08/2019 10:23:20 AM

    Very useful information regarding pitru paksha. Pitru paksha is the process of 11 days. Let me know the specification of each day and who can perform puja on that individual day if possible???

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:51:57 AM

      Go through the Luna Tithi Benefits, in the blog where we have explained about each tithi of Pitru Paksha

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    Shashirekha B
    06/06/2019 5:35:45 PM

    Great information...This year we are planning to do tarpan to my grand father at gokarna temple but we don't any pandits in that place. Are u tie up any pandits in that place? Kindly give the information regarding this.

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:50:41 AM

      Yes, we do Shraddha puja at Gokarna also. you can call us +91 9916344447 at and get the details of our services.

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    Abhisek
    31/05/2019 11:11:19 AM

    Do you have any tiedup with pitru tharpanam places in Bangalore along with pandit. We want to pinda pradanam

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:49:08 AM

      you can contact +91 9916344447, and get the details of all Pitru Tharpan places in Bangalore

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    Pramod kumar
    27/05/2019 11:02:00 AM

    Nice blog post. We are planing do pitru paksha to my grand father this year at Gokarna but we don't know any pandit at that place. Are u provide pandits at gokarana to do ritual?

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      Puja N Pujari
      31/05/2019 9:03:39 AM

      Thank you Mr Pramod, You can call us on +91 9916344447 our customer support executive will help you in booking pandit.

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    Basava
    17/05/2019 5:05:12 PM

    Why pitru paksha shubh muhurat comes in September? Can't perform shradh puja apart from september

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:47:57 AM

      Apart from September, every month on the day of Amavasya you can celebrate Pitru Paksha or you can offer Shraddh to ancestors

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    Jyotika Arora
    08/05/2019 3:45:20 PM

    If some close family member died in car accident ..on 1 Jan ...then what will the rite day to perform sharad for him ..pls tell

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:47:00 AM

      In the month of September, Pitru Paksha days are performed to all people who are no more.

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    Manjula
    30/04/2019 10:04:58 AM

    Most of the people do the tarpan during the pitru paksha period. What is the main reason to do on those days?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:45:43 AM

      On the days of Pitru Paksha , all people can offer Shraddha or Tarpan to their ancestors without any difference of suicide, attempted to murder or baby death etc.

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    Sindhu
    25/04/2019 2:48:57 PM

    What will happen due to pitru dosha effects.?When to peroform puja rituals for pitru dosha?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:43:31 AM

      If you are suffering with Pitru Dosha, family members may get diseases and may suffer without children. Puja rituals can be performed on pitru paksha days or on Amavasya tithi of every month

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    Kumuda
    24/04/2019 9:21:36 AM

    The last day of the Pitru Paksha is Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya. Why most of the people perform the shradh on this day?What is Significance importance of this day in pitru paksha?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:39:59 AM

      On the day of Mahalaya Amavasya, any Shraddh in remembrance of our ancestors is done and this is the last day to perform among the 10days of Pitru Paksha

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    Jayasree
    23/04/2019 10:55:34 AM

    My grand mother died on Purnima Tithi. Which day was most preferable to perform sharadh during pitru paksha period?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:38:17 AM

      You can contact purohit to know more about tithi and on which day you have to perform https://www.pujanpujari.com/purohit/Bengaluru

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    Gopala Goud
    22/04/2019 11:14:24 AM

    Is it mandatory to do varshik shradh if we are not staying in our home? How could this effect our day to day life. Will this bring us under pitru dosha?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:36:35 AM

      If you are unable to perform Varshik Shraddh, there is an alternative. You can perform it on Pitru Paksha days or Mahalaya Amavasya celebrated for 10days in the month of September. You can celebrate on those days

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    Ravi Kumar
    22/04/2019 11:12:41 AM

    Where can i prtform varshik shradh in Bangalore?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:33:58 AM

      Varshik Shraddh can be performed at home itself in Bangalore. Our purohits are available to do Shraddh or Tarpan. Visit: https://www.pujanpujari.com/purohit/Bengaluru

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    Prashanth
    22/04/2019 11:09:21 AM

    How to know if we have pitru dosha? Should I tal to astrologer?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:32:32 AM

      Approach purohit, tell him about your nakshtra and birth date. If there is dosha, he will suggest you about homam or puja that you should perform.

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    Saroja
    22/04/2019 10:32:53 AM

    If a married woman has Pitru Dosha in her horoscope, who should perform the pooja, her father or her father-in-law

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:31:12 AM

      The one who has pitru dosha, they has to perform puja, not somebody else

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    Vinod
    20/04/2019 9:58:39 AM

    Why daughters can do perform sharadh in case if family does not have son only in gaya?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:30:23 AM

      In Gaya (Bihar State), only daughters can perform Shraddh in case if they dont have son in their family.

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    Naveen
    18/04/2019 11:17:39 AM

    Which places are most preferable to perform tarpan on those pitru paksha days?

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      31/12/2019 6:28:04 AM

      On the banks of the sacred rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri, Krishna or the rivers near by you are preferable to perform Shraddha

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    Rohit
    16/04/2019 1:54:24 PM

    Nice blog information. This year we are planning to sharadha to my grand father. Please tell me which place is better to perform sharadha on those pitru paksha days.

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      05/08/2020 10:58:18 AM

      Kasi, Gokarna, all the sea shore or near to the river is good place to perform Shraddh puja. Our services are available all over India. Please visit - https://www.pujanpujari.com/Bengaluru/puja/shradh-ceremony-pitru-paksha-puja/86/8 & book puja services as per your convenience at your own place.

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    puja
    19/02/2019 2:41:05 PM

    Sarvapitri amavasya (all ancestors' new moon day) is intended for all ancestors, irrespective of the lunar day they died. It is the most important day of the Pitru Paksha. Those who have forgotten to perform shraddha can do so on this day. ... The ritual is also held on the death anniversary of the ancestor.

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      Rameshwara Shastry
      05/08/2020 11:02:31 AM

      Yes, you are exactly correct shraddha puja can be performed on one day of the Mahalaya Amavasya to all the ancestors at one time, instead of doing shraddha to individual ancestors for many times in a year.