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Donate during the Shraddh Paksh

Pitru or pitar means ancestors, paksha or pak (pakh) means fortnight, and shradh means offering made to ancestors or deceased family members. So, Pitru Paksha or Pitar Pak or Shradh Paksha is a period dedicated to pay homage to our ancestors.

It is believed that when we perform Pitru Paksha rituals, the departed souls attain peace and in turn, blesses the person and his family who performs these rites. Alongside traditional rituals, offering charity such as offering food to needy, serving birds and animals etc., during this period is considered highly noble.

In the year 2023, Pitru Paksha will commence from 29h September 2023 (Friday) till 14th October 2023. According to Brahmpurana, before worshiping the Gods, a man should worship his ancestors because it is believed that the Gods are pleased with that.. Along with performing the Shradh rituals, below are the ways you can offer charity as a homage to your ancestors:

  • Offer Annadana Seva to feed poor and hungry people.
  • Offer Gau Seva to serve the humble cows.
  • Offer dakshina to Brahmins.

This Shradh 2023, offer charity in the name of your forefathers through Hare Krishna Mandir Ahmedabad’s Annadana Seva and Gau Seva.


Pitru Puja at Home: Performing pitru puja at home during Pitru Paksha is a deeply meaningful way to connect with your ancestors. You can set up a sacred space within your home where you offer prayers to Lord Sri Krishna; light incense, lamp and offer flowers to Sri Krishna; and make Krishna Prasada offerings to your ancestors. The Vedic puja typically involves reciting mantras and seeking blessings for your family's well-being. Don't forget to offer food, water, and other items with devotion.

Mahalaya Amavasya Puja Vidhi: Mahalaya Amavasya, the most important day in Pitru Paksha, marks the culmination of this period. On this day, it's customary to perform special puja rituals to seek the blessings of your ancestors. You can follow a Mahalaya Amavasya puja vidhi, which includes specific steps and mantras to invoke the spirits of your ancestors and offer your respects. Seek guidance from a priest or consult scriptures for the detailed puja procedure. Mahalaya Amavasya is falling on October 14,2023.

This Shradh 2023, make a charitable offering to honour your ancestors

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Seva Name: Annadana Seva

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