During Pitru Paksha 2023, the god of death – Yamaraj or Yama – frees the three generations of deceased ancestors to visit their relatives, accept gifts and accept food and water from their family members in the realm of Pitrilok.
Priests and Brahmins offer food, water and gifts to deceased ancestors on Pitru Paksha every year for fifteen days. The time of year is considered extremely auspicious. During this time of year, auspicious rituals such as Shradh, Pind Daan, and Tarpan are performed.
The Drik Panchang estimates that this year’s Pitru paksha 2023 will take place between September 29 and October 14. We should keep these dos and don’ts in mind as we approach Pitru Paksha for this year.
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Pitru Paksha 2023: Tarpan
The eldest son of the deceased should perform Tarpan. The deceased soul visits earth during Pitru paksha to accept gifts, food, and water from their family members. Yamaraj or the souls of deceased relatives are believed to be represented by crows. As a result, crows are offered Pind Daan, which consists of rice and sesame seeds. The needy and the poor are fed during this time. During this auspicious time, animals are also fed. During these fifteen days, you should also have only one meal a day and maintain celibacy.
During this time of year, engagements, weddings, and housewarmings should be avoided. You should also avoid non-vegetarian food items, tobacco, and alcohol consumption. In these fifteen days of Pitru Paksha, iron utensils, cutting hair, and shaving beard should also be avoided. Pitru Paksha is not a good time to buy new properties or luxury items.