Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Indian Pooja : Shradh - Pitr Paksha

Pitru Paksha is a 16–lunar day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors (Pitrs), especially through food offerings. The period is also known as Pitru Pakshya, Pitri Pokkho, Sola Shraddha ("sixteen shraddhas"), Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya Paksha and Apara paksha
[Src: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitru_Paksha  ]

When is the Pooja done?
In southern and western India, it falls in the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada (September–October), beginning with the full moon day (Purnima) that occurs immediately after the Ganesh festival and ending with the new moon day known as Sarvapitri amavasya, Mahalaya amavasya or simply Mahalaya. In North India and Nepal, this period corresponds to the dark fortnight of the month Ashvin, instead of Bhadrapada.
[Src: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitru_Paksha#When_and_where  ]

Why is the Pooja done?
According to the Vedas, every individual has three debts to be paid off, firstly, the Devtas (Dev Rin), secondly of Guru and teachers (Rishi Rin) and, thirdly, of Ancestors (Pitra Rin). From the scientific point of view, devtas represent people with Daivik qualities; teachers the ones who have taught us and Pitra, three generations of our ancestors. Rin from scientific point of view would mean unfinished desires or tasks. The rituals scientifically would mean detaching oneself from the guilt of unfinished task of our ancestors by detoxifying our mind. Debt means desires of our ancestors that had not fulfilled during their lifetime. The responsibility to fulfill them automatically falls onto the eldest son in the family and they need to be carried out. If not, it is a sign of guilt disorder in the family and may present with loss of wealth, loss of direction and courage and health. The resultant problems faced were called Pitra Dosh in mythology.
[Src: http://blogs.kkaggarwal.com/2011/09/the-science-behind-observing-shradhs/  ]

Recommended Readings
http://blogs.kkaggarwal.com/2011/09/the-science-behind-observing-shradhs/
http://www.vamtantra.com/shradh-pitrapaksha-puja-daan-2011.html
http://www.hindu-blog.com/2007/09/pitru-paksha-shraddh-in-2007-annual.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitru_Paksha  

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