Pitru Paksha which in English means “fortnight of the ancestors” is a 15 day lunar period when Hindu’s pay homage to their ancestors (Pitru) by offering food to them.
Tarpan and Shradh are performed during this 15 day period which is also known as Pitri Pokkho, Mahalaya Paksha and Apara paksha.
The Pitru Paksha begins on the full moon day (Purnima) that occurs immediately after the Ganesh festival and ending on new moon day which is known as Sarvapitri amavasya or Mahalaya.
According to North Indian Panchang Calendar this period begins on Bhadrapada Purnima and ends on Ashwin Amavasya while according to the South Indian Panchang Calendar this period begins on Bhadrapada Purnima and ends on Bhadrapada Amavasya.
It is just nomenclature of lunar months which differs while the actual dates in both North Indian and South Indian Panchangs are the same.
Pitru Paksha is considered to be inauspicious by Hindus and hence any auspicious work or any new beginning is avoided during this period.
New year 2018 is around the corner. If you are searching for Pitru Paksha / Shradh 2018 Dates Calendar then you will find below that information.
Pitru Paksha 2018 Dates :
|24 September 2018||(Monday)||Purnima Shraddha|
|25 September 2018||(Tuesday)||Pratipada Shraddha|
|26 September 2018||(Wednesday)||Dwitiya Shraddha|
|27 September 2018||(Thursday)||Tritiya Shraddha,|
|28 September 2018||(Friday)||Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha|
|29 September 2018||(Saturday)||Panchami Shraddha|
|30 September 2018||(Sunday)||Shashthi Shraddha|
|1 October 2018||(Monday)||Saptami Shraddha|
|2 October 2018||(Tuesday)||Ashtami Shraddha|
|3 October 2018||(Wednesday)||Navami Shraddha|
|4 October 2018||(Thursday)||Dashami Shraddha|
|5 October 2018||(Friday)||Ekadashi Shraddha|
|6 October 2018||(Saturday)||Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha|
|7 October 2018||(Sunday)||Trayodashi Shraddha, Chaturdashi Shraddha|
|8 October 2018||(Monday)||Sarva Pitru Amavasya|