Pitru paksha homage to ancestors through food and water offerings in the form of pind pradhan and tarpan. Duration of the pitru paksha is 16 lunar days in the lunar month of Bhadrapada/Ashwin as per the Hindu calendar. People from the south and west India follow this in the lunar month of Bhadrapada and people from the north follow this in the month of Ashwin. It begins with the full moon day or a day after the full moon day and ends on Mahalyaya Amavasya. Pitru paksha shraddh has different names depending upon the region and language.
Great and gallant Karna (Ref: After Karna death Mahabharat Epic) was served with gold and golden plates in Pitru-Loka. Karna did not offer food and water to his ancestors during his life span on the earth planet. Due to this, he was served gold in Pitru-Loka. Karna requests Deva Indra and Deva Indra allows Karna to offer food and water to his ancestors for 15 days on the earth planet. This happens to be Bhadrapada lunar month. Hence it is called pitru paksha. Yamraj is the head of the Pitru-Loka. He liberates ancestors during pitru paksha to accept offerings from their descendants.
Importance of Pitru Paksha
According to Hindu scriptures, there are three debts called Dev, Rishi, and Pitru debts. People offer food and water to fulfill their ancestors who come to the earth planet during pitru paksha. As a tribute and tradition, people perform pitru karya in pitru paksha and followed by Devata karyas after pitru paksha. When we follow this order one will get good results from Devata pujas. Pitrus bestow Santana (generation), Santrupti (happiness), and Sampath (wealth).
This pitru paksha shraddh is also known in different names depending upon the region and language.
Pitri Pokkho, Sola Shraddh, Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya Paksha., Apara Paksha, Pitri paksha etc.
Pitru paksha 2020 dates
Pitru paksha starts on Purnima Shraddh September 1, 2020, Tuesday and ends on Sarva Pitru Amavasya also known as Mahalaya Amavasya September 17, 2020, Thursday.
Purnima Shraddha September 1, 2020, Tuesday
Pratipada Shraddh September 2, 2020, Wednesday
Dwitiya Shraddh September 3, 2020, Thursday
Tritiya Shraddh September 5, 2020, Saturday
Chaturthi Shraddh September 6, 2020, Sunday
Maha Bharani Shraddh September 7, 2020, Monday
Panchami Shraddh September 7, 2020, Monday
Shashthi Shraddh September 8, 2020, Tuesday
Saptami Shraddh September 9, 2020, Wednesday
Ashtami Shraddh September 10, 2020, Thursday
Navami Shraddh September 11, 2020, Friday
Dashami Shraddh September 12, 2020, Saturday
Ekadashi Shraddh September 13, 2020, Sunday
Dwadashi Shraddh September 14, 2020, Monday
Trayodashi Shraddh September 15, 2020, Tuesday
Chaturdashi Shraddh September 16, 2020, Wednesday
Sarva Pitru Amavasya September 17, 2020, Thursday
Narayan Bali, Tripindi Shraddh and Pind Pradhan at Gokarna during Pitru Paksha
People from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa states visit Gokarna during this period. People also from Karnataka-Maharastra border districts, Pune, Karnataka-Kerala Border Districts, few parts of Tamil Nadu, North Indians residing at Bengaluru and Hyderabad visit Gokarna during the Pitru Paksha. Gokarna is known as southern Kashi. Moreover, the presence of holy pond Kotithirta has its own significance for afterlife rituals.
Pitru Paksha packages
1 Pind pradhan with Tarpan
2 Tripindi Shraddh
3 Narayan Bali puja
4 Narayan Bali + Tripindi Shraddh
All pujas will be performed as per Vedic standards. Narayan Bali puja performed as a pitra dosh puja or pitra kalayan puja.
Tripindi shraddh performed to please our ancestors in terms of Anna lobha, vastra lobha and dravya lobha.
Note: For online puja, a video of 15-30 minutes will be sent by mail/whats app. Ideally, puja duration will vary from 90-180+ minutes which depends upon the type of puja. All pujas are individual puja, no common pujas which are in practice in other places.
You can book puja by sending INR 1000 in advance to the following account.
Those who visit Gokarna should make payment of the balance amount on arrival.
Those who perform without their presence should transfer money 72 hours before the puja day.
Bank Account details:
Name: Rajgopal Mahadev Adi
Bank: Axis Bank
Current account No: 917020086362138
GOOGLE PAY: 9448628918 (Rajgopal Mahadev Adi)