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What is Pratipada Shradh?

By: Future Point | 18-Sep-2018
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What is Pratipada Shradh?

In Hindu dharma the importance of samskaras (Rituals) is very high. One such Samskara is that of Shradh. Shradh is a Hindu ceremony or ritual that is carried out in order to honour a deceased ancestor. Therefore, irrespective of the Chatur varna system (4 group of Cast system) in Hindu religion, every Hindu follows the rituals of Shradh.

Some community within Hindus, perform Sharadha on the Hindu month and the Tithi day of the deceased person, every year. Again, another group perform Shradh on the Nakshatra on the day of death in the same Hindu Month, every year. However, this system is usually followed in Southern Partner of India. The other common practise is to follow Pratipada Shradh. Usually followed across India, except for Southern Part of India.

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Pratipada Shradh also known as Padwa Shradh is observed on ‘pratipada tithi’ which is the 1st day during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ fortnight (the period of bright fortnight of moon) in the ‘Bhadrapada’ month of the Hindu calendar. However as per the Purnimant Calendar, it falls in the month of ‘Ashwin’ and in the Gregorian calendar it is observed in the months of August-September. Pratipada Shradh is the 1st day of the Pirtu Paksha (the fortnight period dedicated to ancestors) than ends with Mahalaya Shradh. In Indian Vedic astrology too, Pratipada Shradh is given much importance. Accordingly, the Shradh 2018 date or Pitru Paksha 2018 Sharadha tithi is on September 25th, Tuesday, 2018. Thus, all those who do not know the exact tithi or the nakshatra of the death of the ancestors, they follow the Pratipada Sharadha paksha and complete all the formalities.


What is the Significance of Pratipada Shradh?

In Hindu religion, the importance of Pitru and divine god is given much importance. It is believed like one is to offer to the God in the form of food and donations to please them and seek their blessings while performing a Pooja, similarly, one must please their Pitru or ancestors in the form of Shradh and follow the rituals. The importance of Shradh has been well documented even in Hindu Puranas. For example: Matsya Purana, Vishnu Purana, Garuda Purana and Agni Purana. Some reference is also seen in Linga and Shiva Purana. Therefore, given importance to one’s ancestors is a must. If one would fail to please their ancestors, then the wrath of their ancestors is every more dangerous and serious than the divine one.

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Now the Pratipada Shradh would involve, Tarpan and Pind-daan rituals. They are done to offer peace to the deceased people. It offers liberation from the cycle of birth and death, resulting in salvation. Kashi, Gaya, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Rameshwaram are important pilgrimage places for performing the Pratipada Shradh. If not, one can perform the same rituals near a lake, pound or river around the local residence of the native.

Again, a Pratipada Shradh can be performed for maternal parents too, who are without any male offspring, irrespective of the ‘tithi’ or day in which the person died. This day like all other days of Pitru Paksha is considered to be inauspicious. It is believed that by observing the Pratipada Shradh rituals bring prosperity and happiness at home.

What are the rituals in Pratipada Shradh?

  • Pratipada Shradh rituals involve offering tarpan to the dead members of the family. It is a way of paying homage to one’s ancestors. Again, all the rituals must be performed by the eldest male of the family.
  • After the tarpan ritual, Pind-daan is performed and the offerings are either given to a cow or immersed in a river.
  • Pratipada Shradh rituals are done during the suitable time so that the prasad can be eaten during the ‘Aparahna’ or afternoon time. After the completion of all the rituals, the prepared food is first offered to a Brahmin (Purohit) and later eaten with all family members.
  • Charity is also done on Pratipada Shradh for the deceased family member who died on the ‘pratipada tithi’.
  • On Pratipada Shradh some people even observe a fast. On all days of Pitru Paksha period, eating non-vegetarian food and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited. Some people even do not shave or cut hair during this time.

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