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During the period of Pitr Paksha, children- specifically the sons of the family are supposed to perform the ritual of “Shradh” on the “Tithi” of the death of their fathers and mothers.

The food and prayers offered during this time is believed to reach directly to theancestors. It is during this fortnight in the entire year that the Atmas of ourancestors transcend to earth with the permission of “Yamaraj” to give blessings to their children and receive their offerings.
In making the offering of Shradh, the first offering should be made to the Deity of fire(agni), as by making this offering the Rakshas are not able to do any disturbance to the process of Shradh.

The cake offered during Shradh Puja, is supposed to be offered to the descended father first, then the grandfather and finally to the great grand-father. These offerings would reach to one’s ancestors only if done with true intentions and devotion. During the offering of the cake, Savitri mantra should be chanted and other mantras as guided by some religious practitioners.

Tarpan, that is offering of water, an important ritual for the entire Pitr-Paksha, should be performed.

Gifts and clothes are then distributed to the Brahmin, as a part of the Shradh ceremony.

This performance of Shradh and Tarpan, relieve the ancestors from hunger and provide peace to their soul.

Pitru Paksh Shraddh Legend

One of the very important personalities of Mahabharata, Karn ( the son of Kunti-Surya and supposedly brother-like to Pandavas) who is fondly remembered as “Daanveer Karn” made lots of charity in form of jewels, money and lands. When he died and ascended to heaven, he got all that he gave in form of charity in multiples.
But, he didn’t get food as he did not give food-charity. He starved for days and finally asked the “Yamaraj” if he could get a chance to make for this deficiency. Yamaraj allowed him and granted a period of 14 days to go back to the earth and make for it. These 14 days were used by Karan to give numerous food-charities and he also offered Shradh to his ancestors.
When he finally returned back to the heaven, there was plenty of food available to him.
Thus, in Hindus, it is considered very auspicious to donate food in form of Shradh to poor, as whatever donated is supposed to reach directly to one’s ancestors. During these days and especially on the day of new moon it is believed that the soul of the dead ones (Atmas), are permitted by Yamaraj to reach earth and receive the benefits of these rites from their children.
According to Lord Krishna “The soul never dies”, it only transforms from one external form (body) to another. Thus it is believed that in whatever form our ancestors exist, the charity during this time surely reaches them.
The sons performing the rites of Pitru Paksha are free of any Pitr dosh and are eligible for Pitr lok. It lasts for a fortnight and the day to perform the rituals depend on the Tithi, calculated according to the Hindu calendar.

Pitru Dosh

According to ancient Vedic Scriptures everyone is indebted to one’s ancestors. Shradh performed during the month of Pitr Paksha is a way to pay homage to one’s ancestors and receive their blessings. Although funeral rites are considered inauspicious, Shradh is very auspicious and sacred especially in Hindu religion.
It is believed that during Pitr Paksha the departed ancestors leave their abode of Yama and come down on earth to take rites from their descendants.
In Hindu tradition the 13th day after the cremation is termed as “Sapindi”, or “Tervi”. It is after these 13 days of ceremonies that Pitr Puja becomes must for every son.
It's believed if there is a Pitr Dosh in somebody’s horoscope it is normally observed that the family faces some financial, health related problems. There seems to be a negative energy all around that stops the growth and development of the person or family.

Reasons behind Pitr dosh Occurrence:
Pitr Dosh occurs when the souls of one’s ancestors are not in peace due to any of the following reasons:
Certain wishes, that are not fulfilled and remained attached with the soul of the ancestors.
If someone fails to remember and honor the ancestors properly.
Bad deeds (bad karma) of children, committed knowingly or unknowingly, that are embarrassing the soul of ancestors.
A sudden and unnatural death of any relative ancestors in early age.
Bad deeds (bad karma) of our ancestors in earlier life, committed knowingly or unknowingly, that are embarrassing their souls.
Lack of fulfillment of parental desires of our ancestors.

Ways to identify Pitr Dosh:
The exact nature of Pitr Dosh can only be identified after some astrological calculations using one’s horoscope. Although for a common man, these calculations are hard to understand, and thus, there are some common problems associated with Pitr Dosh.
Repeated illness of children. Problem in conceiving a child.

Regular Miscarriages.
Quarrels in the family creating mental stress without a reason.
Hindrance in educational, professional growth.

Common Remedies:

Make balls of rice and ghee and feed them to cows and fish every Sunday.
Charity and services to poor, beggars, old age people, one’s parents.
Worshiping Lord Vishnu is a well known remedy of Pitr Dosh Nivaran.
If possible, performing Kanya Daan (to perform the marriage of a girl) of a Brahmin Kanya.
Perform Rudrabhishek (Rudra Abhishek) in the name of the Kul or ancestors.

Dedicated rituals for Pitr Dosh Nivaran:
There are some Pujas that are especially prescribed for Pitr Dosh Nivaran. These Pujas are performed at particular places in India only.

One such puja is “Narayan Nagbali Pooja”, which is performed at:

Trambakeshwar in Nashik
Chandod near Vadodara in Gujarat
Kala Hasti in Tamil Nadu
Ganga Snan Haridwar

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Pitru Paksha Shraddh – Annual Rituals to Dead Ancestors

Shraddh or Shradh offered during Pitru Paksh (dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha) in the month of Ashwin (September – October) is of great importance in Hindu religion. Shraddh is the ceremonies and ritualsperformed for the departed souls of dead ancestors. It is believed that the souls will attain peace by the Shraddh rituals performed during the fortnight. In 2012, the Shraddh Pitru Paksh begins on October 1 and ends with Mahalaya Pitru Paksha on October 15.
According to Hindu mythology, the Shraddh performed on Ashwin Pitru Paksha reaches the ancestors immediately and their souls will rest in peace. Hindu Puranas are full of details about Shraddh, especially Agni Purana, Garuda Purana and Matysa Purana. It is Yama, the god of death in Hindu mythology, who explained the importance of Shraddh performed on Pitru Paksha.
According to Matysa Pura, Agni, Vasus and Rudras act as intermediaries during Pitru Paksha Shraddh and take the rituals and food offered to ancestors. The ancestors bless those performing the ritual. In some places, the last day of the Shraddh is of great importance. The ritual is usually conducted near temples or on river banks.
The Shraddh or rituals performed during this period benefits all the dead ancestors. It is believed by Hindus that all the sinful acts committed by the dead will be cleansed by the shraddh. Those departed souls who do not receive Shraddh are said to wander aimlessly on Earth.
Pitru Paksha Shraddh is also offered by people to ancestors whose death dates they have forgotten. To relatives who had no children and who met with violent death like accidents or murder. Those people who failed to perform the annual shraddh (performed on the death date) also offer Shraddh during Pitru Paksha.
The customs and rituals performed during Pitru Paksha Shraddh vary regionally. Some people fast on the day. Some people observe specific customs like abstaining from non-vegetarian food during the fortnight and some do not cut their hair or shave.
The rituals are usually performed under the guidance of a learned person or priest.

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Today First Day of Pitru Shraddh

Pratipada Shraddh (Pitru Shraddha) is the Today first day of Pitru Paksha. Pratipada Shraddh date is September 30. Mahalaya Paksha begins on Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month in North Indian Hindi calendars and it is Pratipada in Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month as per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada calendars.
Pratipada Shraddh Tharpana Puja helps those who feel that marriages,puja, pitru rituals, festivals & other auspicious rituals are not happening properly in their family.

Gaya, Kashi (Varanasi), Rameshwaram, Haridwar, Prayag Sangam (Allahabad) & Rishikesh are the popular places for Pitru Paksha Shraddh rituals.

It is to note that, Mahalaya Shraddh Paksha begins on 30 September and ends on 15 October with Mahalaya Amavasya or Sarva Pitru Amavasya.
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Today 1 October2012 is All World Celebrate International old Person Day.

About International Older Person Day

Today is 22nd International Old Person Day .On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons.
This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing - which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing - and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly.
In 1991, the General Assembly (by resolution 46/91) adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.
In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted theMadrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.This will be the sixth year the Day has been celebrated in the UK and we hope to build on the successes of previous years. The main aim for the Day is to be a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and to the economy. Through this we hope to start to tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.Such contributions to development can only be ensured if older persons enjoy adequate levels of health, for which appropriate policies need to be in place. In line with the Madrid International Plan of Action, the World Health Organization launched in 2002 a document "Active Ageing - A Policy Framework", outlining its approaches and perspectives for healthy ageing throughout the life course.

Celebration  International Older Person Day

Today  1 October, people around the world will be marking the International Day of Older People. The United Nations created this annual event in 1991 to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people in later life. So what should we be celebrating?

Well, I think the most obvious achievement is that people in some of the poorest countries in the world are actually reaching old age. Low life expectancy figures mask the fact that there are millions of older people in many of the poorest countries in the world. People aged 60 and over represent almost 11 per cent of the total world population; and by 2050, the number is predicted to rise to 19 per cent. The most rapid increase in the 60+ population is occurring in the developing world. This will mean there will be more older people in the world than children for the first time in history.

This is a huge cause for celebration because it demonstrates that improvements in healthcare, hygiene, water quality, sanitation and education are actually paying off and helping us to live longer. And living longer is an achievement.
But growing old is not always easy. Older people are among the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the world: they are often amongst the poorest of the poor. 100 million of them live on less than one dollar (60 pence) a day. Astonishingly, only 5% of people in later life have access to a pension. Many have to continue working until the day they die. And many have to work in poorly paid, unsafe and irregular work.

So what should we celebrate?

We should celebrate when a country introduces a pension. We know that in households containing a grandmother in receipt of a pension, the benefit is felt across the family. In Brazil, children in such households are up to 3 cm taller, due to the improved diet they receive.
However, just because a pension exists, it doesn’t mean that an older person can get one. Knowing about it is half the challenge and proving that they are entitled is the other half. Lack of official documents and ID cards is a problem many older people face. Age UK and HelpAge International campaign for pensions in developing countries, raise awareness about them and help older people to access them.
We should also celebrate the activism and engagement of older people themselves. Over 2,400 Older People’s Associations (OPAs) have been formed across the world. These OPAs are made up of active, older people who are demanding that their voice be heard. They are not passive recipients of aid. They are active agents of change.
In Tete, Mozambique, Juliano is the President of his local OPA and Podiria is in charge of the Livestock Committee. Podiria assesses which of the older people in the community are most in need. That person is given a couple of goats. When the goats produce a kid, they pass it on to the OPA, so it can be given to another older person. The OPA also runs a community welfare fund, giving loans or donations to the most vulnerable people, whatever their age. Older people are helping themselves and others.
The one unifying experience most of us will hopefully share is ageing. We’re getting really good at it and we should expect a lot more of it in the years to come.
So we have a choice: we can put our heads in the sand and pretend this isn’t happening or embrace the challenges and opportunities that await us.
If there is only one thing we are going to celebrate on 1 October, let us celebrate the fact that many millions of people in developing countries have reached later life.
Age UK works with its sister organisation, HelpAge International, to support over 1.3 million older people and their dependants in over 40 developing countries

What do people do Today

International Day of Older Persons is a special day for older persons or senior citizens all over the world. In many countries, politicians make speeches, particularly those responsible for government departments that focus on senior citizens, at this time of the year. Some radios, televisions or newspapers publish interviews with senior citizens on various issues such as achievements they made to create a better society.

Other activities surrounding this day include: displays of promotional material on the International Day of Older Persons in schools, tertiary institutions, office buildings and public notice boards; media announcements on the day and activities that promote older persons; and inter-generational cooperation on voluntary activities focused on the environment, health, education or community services.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health related issues, and other groups have been actively involved in promoting public awareness and attention on the International Day of Older Persons. Discussions are centered on topics such as: ageing populations and the provision of adequate healthcare for aged persons; volunteer work; social care; and ways to be more inclusive of older persons in the workforce.

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Today Bhadra Purnima2012(Full Moon Day)

Today Bhadra Month's Purnima and Adhya Shakti Ambaji ma Fair in Ambaji Gujarat.Large Celebration in ambaji Today.

Today Bhadra Purnima Fair Ambaji

The Shrine Of Ambaji

The shrine of the Goddess Ambaji located in the village bearing her name, lies at the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range. It is the principal shrine of the Goddess in Gujarat and its origins to this location as far back as AD 746.The deity is represented by a triangular VISHWA Yantra, inscribed with figures and the syllable 'Shree' in the centre. There is no idol. This is a fact testifying to the temple's antiquity since worship of images of deities became popular much later.

An Original Shakti Pitha
The temple of Ambaji is recognised as one of the original "Shakti Pithas" where, according to the ancient scriptures written about the goddess the heart of the Goddess Ambaji feel to earth when her body was dismembered. It is said that the tonsorial ceremony of Shri Krishna was performed at Ambaji!

Bhadra Purnima is one of the biggest festivals of Gujarat, popularly known as the Ambaji Bhadra Purnima. This is because the festival is celebrated at Ambaji, a village which derives its name from the shrine located here. The village is situated at the foothills of Mount Aravalli. Ambaji shrine is dedicated to Goddess Ambaji, held in great regard by the people of the region. It is the main shrine of the Goddess in Gujarat. The place finds reference in as early as 746 AD, but its actual origin is still unknown.

The most fascinating fact about the shrine is that there is no idol inside it. The deity is represented in the form of a triangle, inscribed with figures and with the syllable 'Shree' in the center. This is called the Vishwa Yantra. This emphasizes the fact that the temple is antique, since idol worship became popular much later. It is also regarded as one of the original Shakti peeths. According to the scriptures, when the body of Goddess Amba was dismembered, her heart fell onto this place on the earth. Another belief regarding the place is that the tonsorial ceremony of Lord Krishna was held here.

This has added to the religious significance of Ambaji. The festival is organized on the full moon day of the Bhadrapad, according to the Hindi Calendar. A number of farmers and agriculturists assemble here to worship at the shrine. Bhavai, the folk drama of the state, and Garba performances are organized to celebrate the occasion. Saptshati, the seven hundred verses in the praise of the Goddess are read in the temple. Devotees attend these assemblies and worship the Goddess to seek Her blessings. A huge fair is also held here at this occasion.

Bhadra Purnima Ambaji Fair Images

Ambaji Fair Video

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Mahalay Shraadh Vidhi Pind Daan

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Preparation of Shraadh

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Spiritual Significance Of Shraadh

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Bhrahman Bjojan in Shraadh

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Pitru Paksha and Mahalay Shraddh

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How to do Pitru Tarpan

Tharpanam is an offering to Gods or Pithru devatas (dead ancestors). Tharpanam offered to Gods is named on the basis of God to whom we offer Tharpan – viz. Brahma Tharpanam, Surya Tharpanam, etc. The offering which we make to our dead ancestors is Pithru Tharpanam. Generally, Pithru Tharpanam is done during Amavasya days, Solar and lunar eclipse days, Sankraman or Sankranti days, during Shraddh, and in Shraddh Paksha or Pitru paksha or Mahalaya Paksha.
It is believed that offering any kind of Tharpanam to Pitru devatas would make them free from their all sins and gives them a path to reach Deva loka or Vaikunta loka and get moksha.
Pitru Paksha in Ashwin Month (Ashwayuja Masam – Shraddh Paksha), Aadi Amavasai in Tamil Aadi month and Karkidaka Vavubali in Malayalam Karkidaka Masam are the highly meritorious occasions to offer Pitru Tharpanam.
The official website of Sri Veda Vidya Ashram, west Mambalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, has got the Tharpanam procedure, types of Tharpanam, what to do and what not to on the day of Tharpanam, Shraddh karma, and Amavasya Tharpanam procedures. You can download Tharpanam procedure in PDF format (English) from this link provided by Sri Veda Vidya Ashram.

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Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Paksha, also known as Shraddh Paksha, is a fortnight dedicated to pay homage to dead ancestors. The Mahabharata has the reference story of Pitru Paksha related to King Karna and its importance.

Usually, 14 days of Pitru paksha are observed in Ashwin month as per North Indian Hindi calendars whereas in Bhadrapad month as per Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, andGujarati calendars. Here is the story of Pitru paksha which is mentioned in the Mahabharata.
Karna, the legendary King of the Mahabharata, donated great wealth in the form of gold, jewels, money, etc. when he was alive. He retained thousand-fold of the donated wealth once he died and reached Heaven. When he asked for food, he was served gold and jewels. Karna asked Yama the reason for the serving of gold instead of food to him. Yama told him that till he or his descendents donate food to needy people he would not get food. Karna’s sons were also died in the war. No one was there to perform food charity in his memory.
Karna had never donated any food in memory of his ancestors as he was not aware of them. He prayed to Yama to send him back to earth that he will perform food charity and return back to the Heaven. Yama agreed and send Karna to earth for 14 days during which Karna fed poor and needy people. He also observed rites to his dead ancestors even he was unaware of them. Karna returned to the Heaven after 14 days and got plenty of food. These 14 days are known as Mahalaya Paksha. It is believed that offering oblations and donating food during these days would fetch salvation to performer and his dead ancestors.
Pitru Paksha begins on Ashwin Krishna Pratipada and ends on Ashwin Amavasya (Mahalaya Amavasya) in North Indian Hindi calendars. The fortnight dedicated to dead ancestors starts on Bhadrapad Krishna Padyami and ends on Bhadrapada Amavasya in Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Telugu calendars. Pitru Paksha 2012 starts on September 30th and ends on October 15.

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What Do's and Don'ts of Shradha2012

Things to remember during Shradha / Pitrapaksha

1. On the day of Shradha, the person who is doing ‘sharadhakarma’ and the Brahmin who is performing the ritual, should follow celibacy.

2. Black & Red colour flowers, strongly scented and odorless flowers Kadamb, Kevada, Bilvapatra, Karvir, Maulsire, all these flowers should not be used for this ritual.

3. Never use an iron vessel for ‘shradhakarma’. Silver Vessels should always be used instead because these are favourite of ancestors.

4. Eating beetle leaf, taking oil massage, fasting, brushing of teeth(Datoon) and taking medicines are all prohibited for the person who is performing shradha.

5. One should not use Kasturi (Musk Deer), Gorochan, Rakt Chandan etc. in this ritual.

6. Eating food from outside sources for the person doing Shradha especially on Shradha day is strictly prohibited.

7. Lifting heavy weight, long distance travel and taking frequent meals is prohibited for the person doing Shradha.

8. Telling lies, using foul language, theft, infidelity all these should be avoided on shradha day as all these things make the ancestors angry and they put hurdles on the way of our progress and cause hardships.

9. The vegetable of Brinjal should never be cooked on the day of Shradha.

10. If a dog sees the cooked on the day of shradha, such food should be abandoned.

11. Food cooked for our ancestors should not be covered with used clothes and an iron vessel should not be used.

12. Donation of black sesame seeds are considered auspicious while doing Shradha.

13. The ‘pitras’ get satisfied with pure vegetarian food, fruits and cereals. Pure & hygienic food should be offered with full devotion to our ancestors so that they get pleased and bestow their blessing of happiness, progress and remove family discords.

14.‘Kusha’ should be taken from the sacred religious place while performing Shradha.

15. If possible, shradha Karma should not be performed before sun rise, in shukla paksha, in night time or on the birthday of the person doing Shradha.

16. Keep apart five morsels of cooked food for a dog, sinner, leper, sick and for a crow on five leaves and perform ‘panchbali’.

17. Night, evening, dawn and dusk times should be avoided to perform ‘Shraadhkarma’.

18. Whomsoever ancestors died in war or by weapons they should do shraadh on ‘Chaturdashi’ fourteenth day of pitrapaksha.

19. As far as possible, on the day of Shraadh, only raw cereals, like wheat flour, rice flour or barley flour should be consumed. And, ‘pinddaan’ should also be done by the food made out of these flours.
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10 Donations Pitra Paksha Shraddh

Donation of following 10 articles during ‘Pitra Paksha’ comes under ‘Mahadaan’. Ancestors get pleased if these articles are offered and donated by the person doing Shradhakarma.

1. Donate cow (Gow Daan) - The first and foremost article among the ten ‘Mahadaan’ in Pitra Paksha is Cow.

2. Donate Land (Bhumi Daan)- If ‘Shradhkarta’ can afford to donate land then he should donate a small piece of land to a needy poor person. If it is not possible then he should take a small lump of clay, keep it in a thali. Take Sanklap and donate it to a Brahmin along with ‘Dakshina’.

3. Donate Seasame (Til Daan)- Black Seasame seeds are considered auspicious for donation in Pitra paksha.

4. Donate Gold (Swarn Daan)- If one can not afford gold for donation, then Dakshina should be donated to a Brahmin.

5. Donate Ghee (Ghrit Daan)- Ghee made of Cow milk should be donated in a vessel.

6. Donate Clothes (Vastra Daan)- Two main clothes and two under clothes which are not torn and used one, better if the clothes are new should be donated to a Brahmin.

7. Donate Cereals (Dhaany Daan)- Wheat, Rice and other cereals should be donated after taking a Sanklap.

8. Donate Jaggery (Gud Daan)- Donation of jaggery in Pitrapaksha is also auspicious.

9. Donate Silver (Rajat Daan)- Ancestors bless their successors if they donate Silver in Pitra Paksha.

10. Donate Salt( Lavan) - Ancestors get satisfied if salt is donated in Pitrapaksha.

After offering food and donation to Brahmin, recite this mantra and pray to Lord Vishnu three times for the completion of ‘Shradhakarma’.

Yasya Smirtya cha Namoktaya TapoyagyaKriyadishu,
Newnam Sampurntam Yati Sadhyo Vande Tamchayutam
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Pitru Shraddh Prayers for Moksha of your Ancestors

Pitru Shradh is Starting Today  30th September 2012 and ending to 15th October 2012.
Here is a Pitru Shraddh Payers for Moksh and Sankalp.

According to shastra’s “Shradya pitran udishya vidhina kriyate yatkarm tat shradham” wondering what it means, it means “what ever acts or deeds that you perform with devotion for your near and dear ones who have died is called the shradha.” The essence of offerings made in the shradha should be start with devotion for the act of shradha. Without the presence of devotion all other offerings and prayers made in the process is remains just an act of completing the task of performing the yajna. According to the great priest Parashar “Shradha is the process of performing the prayers with the help of materials like Black sesame (kala teel), long thick dry grass (kush) and mantras at a given time in a specific country with an utensil (patra).”

For your ancestors you should be performing the act or yajnas of shradha twice once when they have died or on their death anniversary or in the months of pitripaksha which falls in the month of ashwin as per the hindi calendar which is the period just before Navratri and generally falls in September. The date on which your ancestors had died and if you happen to perform the shradha on the same day it is called the ekodisht shrdha. The name suggests the performing of yajnas for the salvation of the soul for the same person who died on that given day. The rituals suggests you to donate a pind (a pind is a round ball made of a mixture of wheat and rice flour with some sesame seeds mixed along with some milk and honey.) on the given day and also offer food to a hindu priest (Brahman). The other kind of shradha is performed in the month of Ashwin during the Krishna paksha phase on the same date on which the ancestor had died. This form of shradha is called the pawarn shradha. According to rituals mentioned in the shradha you should be offering food to nine Brahman’s but even if you offer food to even one of them with utmost devotion will be good as performing your rituals.

Below is the process to perform Shradh for your ancestors:

1. Dress yourself in a white plain cloth and remember your ancestors who have died.
2. Sit down facing the east.
3. Start the prayer by holding the trikush, black sesame and water in your hand and pronounce the following mantras:

“Om Vishnu Vishnu Vishnu namah partmatmane purshotamaye om tatsat adhaytasya vishnorogya jagatsrishti karmani prabartmanasye brahmanohin dwitiye paradhre sri swetwarah kalpe vaivast manwantare ashtawishanti tame kaliyuge kali pratham charne jambudeepey bharatkhande bharat varshey aryavartrantgartayk deshey ( say -The name of the state and city ) jilantgartey (say – The name of your town or village or the name of your colony) Namin chetrey (Say - the closet hindu piligrimage place) Namin tirthsthal samipey bodhawatare vikram samwat2066, subhkrit naam samwatsarey surya dakshinayaney, sharad ritu aswin masey Krishnapakshey (you would have state the date on which you are performing the yajnas) thitho (you state the day on which it is being performed) washrey singh/kanya rashi sthith suryey makar rashi sthithey devgurow sheshesu grihashu yatha-yatha rashi sthan sthiteysu satsu aaewam grahgungan visheshan vishishtayaan subh pun thitho ( state your gotra here) gotrotpanosah (state your full name now) ah ashmat pitrepitamah pratitamhanam sapatnikanam tataambatritaymityadi shastrabidhitwashisht sambandhi bandhwanam yey chasmatoh abhiwankchantih tesha cha chutpipasha nibriti purwakam chaytripti sampadnarth Brahman bhojnatmakam sankalpik shradham tatha panchbali karmam cha karishyeh."

There after the water that you were holding in your hand should be left on the ground.
Before you treat the Brahman with food and you should ask the pandit to perform the panchbali constituing of (gobali, shwanbali, kakbali, dewadibali and pipilika bali).

Take five different kind of food item on five different utensil or leaf and thereafter pick each of these utensil/leaf along with the food in it and perform the yanjanas for kramasah, gobali, swanbali, devadibali and pipilika bali.

1. Gobalih

Gobali is taken out in a utensil or leaf and while you are doing so you need to use the following mantra:

Showrmeyyaah sarwahita pavitra punyarashyah.
Pratigriantu may grasham gaawshtreylokaymatrah.
Edey gobhayao na mamah

2. Shwanbali

It has to performed the same way by using the following mantras below:
Dwoh shrawanoh shyamshbalow baiwastawkulodawbhawoh.
Tabhyamanam prayakchami shayaatametawhinsakow.
Edey sharbhyam na mamah

3. Kakabali

Kakabali is taken out on the ground by using the following mantras below:
Aeyndrawarun baybyaham yamyah baey neytrastastatha.
Bayesah pratigrihantoh bhumoh pindah.

4. Devbali

This bali is taken out in a utensil or leaf and while you are doing so you need to use the following mantra:

Deva manushyaha pashwoh byamshi shidha shaychorgadaytashangha.
Pretah pishachastwaa samasta yeh chananbhiichchanti maya pradtam.
Idmanah devadibhayo na mamah

5. Pipilika

This bali is taken out in a utensil or leaf and while you are doing so you need to use the following mantra:

Pipilikah kitpataskandha bubhuchitah karmnibandhbadha.
Tesha he triptayarthmindham mayananm tebhayo weshrishtham sikinoh bhawantu.
Idmanah Pipilikahdebhayo na mamah.

Once you have performed the panchbali as per the rituals the food can be either offered to fire or should be given to either of these animals like cow, dog crow or insect (ants).

Now you have to treat the Brahman. Either donate food or treat the Brahman with food. The food should have the following ingredients:

1. Grains
2. Ghee
3. Sugar and
4. Salt

Once the Brahman has been treated with food you should donate tambul and other materials and after doing so consider this Brahman to be your ancestor god and move around him for four times (parikrama). Once you have done so and the Brahman feels very satisfied you can take leave of the Brahman. And now you can have food.

The result of shradha would depend on your devotion of performing the shradha.According to shastras if somebody is extremely poor and he cannot do anything then just feeding a cow in the name of

your ancestors would be equivalent to performing the shradha. If you cannot even do that just raise your hands in the air and tell your ancestor gods that you have no material possessions to perform shradha for their soul and all you have is the devotion for them andyou can say you can accept my devotion as an offering and offer your blessings.
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1/4 cup rice
4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
6 strands of saffron
Pinch of crushed cardamom
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 tablespoon sliced pistachios
1 teaspoon butter

Use a non-stick frying pan to make kheer.
Wash rice, changing water until the water appears clear.
Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
Add the rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Add the milk, cook until the rice is tender and the milk is creamy and reduced to about half. Stir often to ensure the milk does not burn in the bottom of the pan.
Add the sugar, saffron, cardamom, almonds and pistachios and let simmer for a few more minutes.
Turn off the heat.
As kheer cools of will become thicker in texture.
Kheer can be served chilled or warm.

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Semolina (Suji) - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Raisins - 1 tbsp (fried)
Cashewnuts - 2 tbsp (fried)
Water and milk - 2 cups
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup

1. Cook sugar and water on a low flame till sugar melts. Set aside.
2. Heat the ghee till very hot. Turn down heat and fry semolina till light brown. 
Keep stirring constantly to prevent the semolina from getting burnt.
3. Add cardamom powder, raisins and cashew nuts.
4. Add sugar water to the semolina mix and stir rapidly to prevent lumps.
5. Cook over medium heat until the water gets completely absorbed.
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Sarva Pitra Shradh is commemorated on the Amavasya (new moon) of Ashwin Krishna. If Shardh has been missed on that particular day or someone’s Shradh Tithi (date) is unknown, Shradh can be done on the same day. At evening, Poori (fried bread) and special dishes (Kheer, Halwa etc.) have been kept on the door.

It signifies that ancestors should not go hungry; iIn the same way lighting signifies brightening their way of ancestors. Ashwini Amawasya is also called as Pitra Visarjan.By feast and donating the brahmans, ancestors are being satisfied on this day. It is a belief that at the time of Visarjan ancestors blessed their sons.
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Human body is made up of five Koshas – 1. Annamaya Kosha (body), 2. Pranmaya kosha (heart), 3. Manonaya Kosha (Mind) 4. Vigyanman Kosha (wisdom and knowledge),5. Anandmaya Kosha (blessings). These five koshas are intertwined into one another so as to help us transcend the cycle of life and death and attain liberation or merging with the Supreme.

After death, 4 koshas remain in this world. Other koshas keep moving and their movement is called Bhootgati. These Koshas leave the body one by one. In the end, when human body is burnt, soul departs from human body and all the koshas enter in Pretyoni. Manomaya kosha is very important in this yoni. So, it is human body which ends at the time of death and the soul which resides in the body, bears pleasure and pains because of desires in this yoni. When these desires end then this kosha is also liberated. All other three Koshas attain Devgati. Now, Anandnaya kosha remains alone and this gati is called Ishtgati. It denotes both manifestation and completion of the physical universe in total. In Ishgati, the being does not feel pleasure or pain and reaches Surya lok. From Surya lok it comes back to earth by the rays of the sun and enters the womb. In the tenth month it takes birth as human body in this world. Those who are liberated after death, their fire koshas are also liberated and they do not suffer in any one of these Gatis.

This is the natural cycle, which indicates that a being mainly faces two types of Gatis after death. One is Liberation and second is being trapped in a continuous cycle of life and death. In the first case, a being is liberated from all pains and desires. In the second case, being has to go or bear four Doshas and Yonis. Bhoot Yoni dies after the body is burnt, that is why a dying person hardly stays in that Yoni. At this time, there is no reason to perform any Shradhkarma or yagya. Of course, pind daan can be done. The duration of staying in Pretyoni depends upon the lust and desires of the dying person. The more it is involved in lust, the more it has to stay in Pretyoni and suffer. One cannot perform any Karma or religious work; neither can it experience physical pain or happiness because of its karma.

Happiness and sadness both are state of mind. Both virtuous and vicious get liberation from their subtle body after bearing the fruits of their karmas (good or bad) and when their desires are gratified. It is evident that by performing Shradhkarma in Shradhpaksha for the peace of ancestor’s souls in this birth, deceased ancestors get liberation from their bad deeds or sins. That is the reason, those who are physically present in this world, perform shradkarma for their dead ancestors during Pitra Paksha (fortnight of the ancestors is a period of 16 lunar days when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors especially through food offerings).

Some Pandits believe that Shradhkarma should be performed only in the honour of deceased ancestors, who are now residents of Pitralok (abode of ancestors) because when invocation is performed, these ancestors come and take whatever is offered to them. But if we think theoretically, we find that the ancestors who are unsatisfied souls who could not gratify their desires in their lifetime need respect and help from their successors to liberate them from the pain, as they are incapable to free themselves from the pains due to their non-existence in the world. Ancient literatures have described the instances of the

of the dead souls from Pitraloka during the time when Shradhkarma was performed. Some scriptures have described only the instances of some great men, accepting the homage performed by their successors. But these scriptures do not have references of receiving homage by ordinary souls. In fact, our ancestors have not been benefitted much by Shradhkarma, the way their successors or children are benefitted, because it is a ritual to repay debt to our deceased ancestors by gratifying their spirits and it is their religious responsibility also in order to make free their ancestors from their sins. That is the reason; Shradhakarma should be done with full devotion and in accordance with the principles described in Shastras.
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Today Starting Pitru Paksha Shraddh 

Today 30 Saptember Starting Pitru Paksh Shraddh and ending to 15 October 2012.Pitru Paksh Shradh Period is 16 Days Period.

About Pitru Paksha Shraddh (Story)

Mahalaya Paksha or  Pitru Paksha in 2012 is going to be somewhat different from the previous years. Mahalaya Paksha usually begins in Ashvin month in the North India. However in 2012, it is beginning in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. Moreover, two Shraddhs will be observed in the month of Bhadrapad. Due to Malmas or Adhimas (Adhik Maas or the extra month) this year, the cycle of Pitru Paksha has been slightly changed. Though, technically there would be only 16 days for Shraddh as usual, but there are 17 days till Pitru Visarjani Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya in 2012. According to ancient Hindu scriptures, no important or sacred work should be commenced during this fortnight meant for ancestors.

It is a powerful period for propitiation of manes (ancestors). Pitrus are said to Grace the households of their descendants with Divine Permission from the other Planes of Existence and are waiting to Bless any descendant who is willing to Honour them in whatever little way they can.
Austerities during Pitr Paksha (applicable to those who have lost at least one parent) include:
1) Not eating non-veg (in case of non-vegetarians).
2) Not eating onion, garlic, outside food, processed foods, drumstick, etc (for pure vegetarians).
3) If possible avoiding shaving for the entire fortnight till Mahalaya Amavasai.
4) Performing obesquities (shradh) on the thithi of the ancestor's death to the extent possible or at least offering "anna dhaanam" (offering food) to poor persons/ priests as per one's convenience. (On this day, you should not shave)
5) Abstaining from carnal intercourse with members of opposite gender during the fortnight as a mark of respect to Pitrs.
6) Doing recitals like Garuda Puraanam (depicting passage of a soul), Nachiketa story from Upanishads (where Yama Gitaa is there - it contains Lord Yamaa's elucidation of the journey of a soul which was first revealed to the devoted Nachiketaa), and Gangaa Avatarana chapter from Shrimad Vaalmiiki Raamaayan. These recitals are stated to grant satisfaction of Pitrs and thereby ensure their blessings upon us.

Method of doing Shraddh

The Shraddh involves Pinda-Daan, which is an offering to the ancestors of Pindas with sesame seeds, grass and water. The base of the Shraddha is the devotion and respect towards ancestors. One should follow the rituals as stated below to perform Shraddh.
First of all, wash the feet of all the Brahmins (priest) and make them sit on a clean seat. Deva Paksha brahmin should sit facing east and Pitra Paksha and Matru Paksha brahmin should sit facing the north direction while having food. Worship the gods with a mixture of barley and water and offer them Dhoop, Diya and flowers.
Then, put the sacred thread on the right shoulder and with the permission of the brahmin donate the splint and call the ancestors by chanting the mantras. Now, again seek the permission of the Brahmin and offer the food cooked to the Agni (fire) while chanting, “ Agneya Kavyavahanaya Swaha” “Somaya Pitramate Swaha” followed by serving the food to the brahmins. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on the floor where shraddh is being performed and consider brahmins as your ancestors.

Importance of Sarva Pitru Shraddha

Amavasya Pitra Paksha is considered to be auspicious to perform Shraddh ceremonies. This Amavasya is also known as Visarjani Amavasya and Mahalaya. Shraddh performed with rituals mentioned in the scriptures brings welfare. People who are unable to perform Shraddh according to the rituals should perform it on the date of the death of their ancestor in Ashwin month for their peace and welfare.
Pitra starts from Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Purnima and remains till Amavasya. People who are unable perform Shraddh during the period of 15 days of Pitra Paksha or the people who do not remember the date of death of their ancestors can perform Tarpan on Sarva Pitra Paksha Amavasya. On this day, the ancestors visit their home with a desire of pind-daan or tilanjali and if someone doesn’t perform it, they go back unhappy.
Mahalaya is also known as Shraddha. Maha means,“day of festival” and alaya means, “home”. Krishna Paksha is the day when ancestors visit earth and if Shraddh is not performed, then they return back to Pitralok unhappy. Shraddh is performed for the peaceful salvation of ancestors, which is also known as Mahalaya. If any family is suffering from Pitradosha and poverty and are not aware of the date of death of their ancestors should perform Sharaddh and Tarpan with proper rituals and devotion on Sarva Pitru Amavasya.

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Lalbagcha Raja

The Lalbaugcha Raja, King of Lalbaug, is undoubtedly the most famous Ganesh statue in Mumbai. The mandal was founded in 1934, and has grown to be the most visited one in the city.
If you want to see the lengths people are prepared to go to for devotion, the Lalbaugcha Raja is the idol to visit. It draws an average of 1.5 million people a day - astonishing! People simply believe that this Ganesh idol can fulfill their wishes, and there's a lot of media attention on it.
There are two main lines to see the idol: a general line, and line for those wanting to make a vow or get a wish fulfilled (navas). The navas line takes devotees right to the idol's feet, whereas the general line offers viewing (darshan) from a distance of around 10 meters away. Until recently, it was common for the navas line to stretch snake-like for over five kilometers. However the organizer has started providing huge air conditioned tents in the adjacent ground to accommodate everyone.
Location: GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug ,central Mumbai.

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Khetivadi cha Ganesh

Sarvajanik Shree Ganeshotsav Mandal, Khetwadi, Khambata Lane was established in 1970 with the help of founders like the late Balkrushna Gandhi and others. They handled the mandal for 23 years and made it big. Hindus, Muslims, Parsis and Christians come together to celebrate the festival of Sarvajanik Shree Ganeshotsav. People from Khambata Lane also visit the 12-day utsav to get a glimpse of "Khetwadi Cha Raja". 

G.S.B Seva Kings Ganesh Mandal

The GSB Seva Ganesh mandal is affectionately known as Mumbai's gold Ganesh. Yes, that's pure gold it's adorned with - more than 60 kilograms of it! The mandal, often stated to be the richest in the city, was founded by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community from Karnataka in 1954. They've prospered in Mumbai, and as a mark of respect to the city they conduct various social programs along with a grand celebration of the Ganesh Festival.
The idol is always an eco-friendly one, made out of clay. The mandal is also distinctive because there's none of the usual recorded music there. Instead, traditional Indian musical instruments used in south Indian temples are played.
A convenient aspect of this mandal is that it has an elevated walkway set up to aid viewing of the idol.
G.S.B. Sports Club Ground, Near S.N.D.T. Women's College, R.A. Kidwai Road, King's Circle, Matunga (central Mumbai).

Bhandarkarcha Raja

Bhandarkarcha Raja is Stay in Mumbai.In In 1962, a few residents from Bhandarkar Road area came together to start the festival and promote a social cause. Unlike the other Ganesh pandals which collect money from locals and residents for the festival, the Bhandarkar Road Sarvajanik Seva Samiti works in peculiar way.
“We don’t go door to door collecting money. Whatever money comes through donations is used to make the idol. Even the jewels and throne are not owned by the mandal. There are some noble people who have agreed to contribute to it. After the festival, they take it with them and provide it again the following year,” informs Rajendra Verma, a committee member who has taken leave from work to look into the arrangements.
This Year The 11-ft idol designed by Ashok Parab stands in a busy street in Matunga. Every child who visits the idol is offered a chocolate bar instead of sweets.
Each evening through the 10-day festival, after the 8 pm aarti, the Samiti provides food to over 20,000 people, most of whom include poor children from the slums. The nearby locals have also allowed them to use the building space below to let senior citizens enjoy the meal in peace.

Andheri Cha Raja

About 47 years ago, a few factory workers had moved from Lalbaug area of Mumbai to settle in the western area of Andheri, Mumbai next to their respective factories — the Golden Tobacco Company, Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd.
These people, missed visiting and celebrating the Ganesh festival in Lalbaug and hence started the Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee in 1966 with the festive aim in mind.
Over the years, it has replicated various themes in its pandal which include famous temples like the Akshardham, Somnath, Mangueshi and Saras Baug.

This year Andhericha Raja has replicated the Jain Dilwara temples of Mount Abu, Rajasthan. The idol has been designed by Raju Savla whose family has been entrusted the responsibility of making the Raja since three generations now.
Besides Savla, over 50 workers have contributed towards readying the pandal in two months.
The decoration has alone cost over Rs 30 lakhs, informed a committee member of the mandal.
Unlike the other Ganeshas that are immersed on Anant Chaturthi, this is the only Ganpati which is immersed on Sankashti, which falls five days after Anant Chaturthi.
Like the Lalbaugcha Raja, even Andhericha Raja is a wish fulfilling one, and is visited by over 10 lakh people every year.

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Today Baba Sodal Mela is celebrated in Jalandhar city of Punjab in the memory of death of Sodal Baba. Sodal Baba Mela is held in the premises of Sodal Temple. It is one of the famous fairs of North India as is celebrated with great enthusiasm and energy by the devotees. Thus it is also called as Jalandhar mela, mela Jalandhar wala, fair of Jalandhar, Jalandhar fair.
Mela Baba Sodal is celebrated on the fourteen day of Shukal paksha in the month of Bhaadon or you can say that it is one day prior to the full moon night or Poornima of this month. The month of Bhaadon clashed with the September month according to English calendar. A huge fair is organized in the premises of Sodal Mandir on that day. The devotees come from far away places. Some people start visiting the temple even on the early midnight of the beginning of the fair.
People who had the mannat of a baby boy specially came on the fair to take the blessing of Baba Sodal.

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Baba Sodal Mela, Jalandhar is celebrated in the city to commemorate the death of the child deity, Sodal. The fair is hosted for a day in the city of Jalandhar on the day the child is said to have received his communion with God. Observed on the 14th of Shukal Paksh in the month of Bhadon, which coincides with the month of September in the English calendar, Baba Sodal Mela, Jalandhar is one of the most popular Jalandhar festivals celebrated by the people of the city.

The smadh of the child deity is the sanctum sanctorum. Beside it stands the portrait of the child that is embellished with flower garlands and rosaries. Prayers are offered here by the pilgrims who arrive from all the corners of the city and from the neighboring city of Jalandhar. Wading through the waters of the Baba Sodal-Da-Sarowar or the tank situated beside the smadh or taking a dip in the holy water also forms a part of the religious curriculum of the pilgrims. The religiosity of the people of Jalandhar is reflected in the Baba Sodal Mela in Jalandhar.

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Legend goes that Baba Sodal was born in a family of Chadha clan of Khatri caste, in the Jalandhar city. There are several myths associated with the baba. One of them goes that as a small boy, Baba Sodal once followed his mother to the pond where she used to wash clothes. Despite being repeatedly asked not to follow, he reached the pond. Angered at his disobedience, his mother cursed him. He asked her to repeat the curse three times. As she did so, he immediately disappeared into the pond and was never found again. The day when Baba Sodal left the mortal world and proceeded towards his celestial abode is celebrated as a fair in the state.
There is yet another legend that is associated with Baba Sodal. It cites that after being cursed, Baba Sodal appeared in the form of a holy snake and declared his farewell from this mortal world. He asked Chadha and Anand families to accept his reincarnation and to offer him Mathi (local flour made snake) called "Topa”. He said that "topa” could be consumed only by the members of Chadha Clan. On the amawasya (no moon night) that falls before the Sodal Fair, the head of Chadha Clan visits the pond and extracts clay fourteen times for his each of his son.
The extraction of clay is done with the belief that by doing so Baba Ji will appear on the day of Trydashi (13th of local month). Kasar (kneading of simple flour) is also made and offered fourteen times, gradually in parts. On Chaturdarshi (14th of local month), all the members of the Chadha clan eat only fried food, especially made from a traditional fry pan. Before eight days of the fair, all members of the Chadha clan sow 'Kheti’ in the name of Baba Ji, a tradition that means the more prosperous the sow, happier and richer will be the family.

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