The significance of Shradh


The dates of Shradh in 2016 are beginning from September 16 and ending on October 1. Honoring and paying tribute to our ancestors for whatever they have given so far defines Tarpan, which you can perform in Pitru Paksha in 2016. Read the article on AstroSage to know more about Shraddha in 2016.

Shradh marks an important time for performing the ritual of Tarpan. Performing Tarpan in Shradh is a way of remembering, thanksgiving and honoring the ancestors for whatever they have given to the present generations. It is a way of telling them that they are still an important part of the family and they still reside in our memories. Period of Shradh is also known as Pitru Paksha. Pitru Dosha arises if one does not perform the rituals of Tarpan in Shraddh.

Every year, an important period of 16 days (Pitru Paksha or Shraadh) is dedicated to the ancestors or forefathers. Pitru Paksha is considered perfect for performing Tarpan rituals. It is believed that the rituals performed during Shraddh produces best results for pleasing the ancestors. Shradh occurs right before the Sharada Navaratri in autumn. Like every year, Shraddha will come again in 2016 with a great significance for our ancestors and for us.

Shradh or Tarpan ritual is also performed on the death anniversary of the departed family member. Different Tarpan rituals are performed for different departed members of the family or a particular day from Shraddha during Pitru Paksha is dedicated to that departed member. His or her favorite food items and clothes are offered to Brahmins or Pandits. Brahmins consume the food items and except the offerings and it is believed that finally they reached to our ancestors or forefathers.

Pitru Paksha or Shraadh is considered as an inauspicious period for starting of any new venture and shopping of new clothes or any household item. Every year, days for performing Shraddha fall on different dates. Know about the dates of Shradh in 2016 below.

Shraadh In 2016

As it is mentioned above that according to the Hindu Calendar , the important days of Shradh in 2016 during Pitru Paksha are from September 28 to October 12, 2016.

Refer to the table of important dates given below of Pitru Paksha in 2016:

Pitru Paksha 2016 Dates

Purnima Shradh 2016September 16Friday
Pratipada Shradh 2016September 17Saturday
Dwitiya Shradh 2016September 18Sunday
Tritiya Shradh 2016/Chaturthi Shradh 2016September 19Monday
Panchami Shradh 2016September 20Tuesday
Shashthi Shradh 2016September 21Wednesday
Saptami Shradh 2016September 22Thursday
Ashtami Shradh 2016September 23Friday
Navami Shradh 2016September 24Saturday
Dashami Shradh 2016September 25Sunday
Ekadashi Shradh 2016September 26Monday
Dwadashi Shradh 2016September 27Tuesday
Trayodashi Shradh 2016September 28Wednesday
Chaturdashi Shradh 2016September 29Thursday
Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shradh 2016September 30Friday
Nana/ Nani Shradh 2016October 1Saturday

The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shradh because on this day one can perform the Shraddha of anyone.

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