Pitru Paksha is a special time period during the Hindu year when Hindus pay their respects to the souls of their ancestors by performing Shradh rituals at holy locations. Pitru Paksha is a time period of 16 days during the Bhadrapada Maas of the Hindu month when the wandering souls of dead relatives and ancestors come to earth in form of energies, which have the power to affect our daily lives.

These souls come in search of food and warmth and it is the duty of the next generations to provide the same for the wandering souls. It is a devotee’s goal to free their ancestor’s soul from the cycle of life and death and help them to seek Mukti or liberation.

The different types of Shradha as mentioned in Hindu mythology that can be performed during Pitru Paksha.

The Different Types Of Shradh

Nitya –  Shraddha which is done daily is known as Nitya Shraddha. Vishwadeva are not installed during Nitya Shraddha. In necessity or emergency Nitya Shraddha can be performed with water only.

Naimittika –It is also known as Ekodishta because it is done for one person only. When the person dies then Ekodishta Shraddha is performed. Every year on Hindu death anniversary Ekodishta Shraddha is performed. In Hindi Naimittia means special. Naimittika Shraddha is also known as Varshika Shraddha. Vishwadeva are not installed during Naimittika Shraddha. On Bhishma Ashtami people perform Ekodishta Shraddha for Pitamah Bhishma.

Kamya – It is done to fulfil special wishes. It is done during Rohini or Krittika Nakshatra.

Vriddhi
  – During special occasions like marriage or on birth of boy Vriddhi Shraddha is done to get blessings of the ancestors. Vriddhi Shraddha is also known as Nandi Shraddha.

Parvana
– Shraddh which are done during special occasions like Pitru Paksha (i.e. during Mahalaya Paksha) and Bhadrapada Purnima are known as Parvana Shraddha. Vishwadeva are installed during Parvana Shraddha.

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