Shradh puja has to be performed by the deceased Son. In Gaya or Varanasi Anna Shradh has been performed to get the blessing of three generations – Great grandfather, grandfather, father.
Anna Shradha also has more significance so it has to be performed according to the family tradition and at the particular time by family members. Anna Shradh has performed by donating uncooked or cooked articles of food or money or silver or gold to the deserving Brahmins. In Varanasi majority of people generally perform pind daan in gaya by offering cooked rice-balls to the forefathers. This ritual is considered very important. This complete ritual is devoted to Lord Narayana by worshipping him through mantras for the forgiveness to the miscue that might be committed unknowingly. Performing all these rituals in the holy places such as Gaya or Varanasi will give more benefits when compared to doing shradh in normal places. So many people will prefer to perform Anna Shradh in Varanasi. In Hindu tradition it is believed that while performing shradh, the ancestors will take the offerings in the form of birds or by entering into the brahman whom we have invited for the puja.
Pitru Paksha is a fifteen days period. In this period Hindus will pay back their debt to ancestors/ forefathers.
This period is also referred to as Krishna Paksha. It will be in the month of Ashwin or the month of Bhadrapada as per hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar it will be in between the months of September-October.
And this period is also considered as Mahalaya Paksha. This period is considered as most auspicious for performing post-death rituals and rites such as Shradh, Pitru Tarpan, Daan, etc. to the deceased ancestors’ souls. Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Paksha will be the perfect time to visit holy places like Gaya and Varanasi to perform the shradha puja like Anna Shradh. This 15 days of Shradha puja includes different rituals followed by offerings of food. Hindu religion believes that in Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Paksha period ancestors’ souls will come to Earth to receive the offerings and blessing their family members.
This Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Paksha pujas are the way of expressing honor towards all generations of forefathers.
The last day of Pitru Paksha is the most significant day and it is called Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya.
Mahalaya Amavasya is the new moon day, the birth of the bright lunar half-month. From pitru loka the three generation ancestors will come to earth to take the offering from their family members. In the beginning of pitru paksha all the ancestors’ souls will reside with their family members on the earth and they will stay till Mahalaya Amavasya. On the final day their deceased ancestors will receive the offerings and they will bless their present family members health and wealth.
Mahalaya Amavasya is considered to be special because one misses out performing shradh puja on the other Amavasya if he is performing on Mahalaya Amavasya it will reach to their pitru directly. So the decedent can be saved from the pitru dosha. Even many people will prefer to perform shradh puja on Mahalaya Amavasya. If you are looking for any best pandit for performing shradh puja in varanasi contact Anthyesti.
Once the Pitru paksha gets complete, the deceased forefathers bless their family and proceed to the Pitru Loka happily
Most of hindu families from different parts of the country will be visiting the holy places Gaya and Varanasi to perform Anna Shradh and to offer Pinda Daan to their ancestors.
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