Pitru Paksha 2020 Dates and Days Information - 2020 Shradh

Pitru Paksha is a 16 day period from Bhadrapada Purnima to Sarvapitri Amavasya; when Hindus pay homage to their ancestor, especially through food offerings. Pitru Paksha is considered by Hindus to be inauspicious, given the death rite performed during the ceremony, known as Shraddha or Tarpan. The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya. It is also known as Pitru Amavasya, Peddala Amavasya, Mahalaya Amavasya or simply Mahalaya. It is the most significant day of Pitru Paksha.

Pitru Paksha Shraddha Dates 2020

Pitru Paksha start date:  Tuesday, 1 September 2020 - Purnima Shraddha (Bhadrapada Shukla Purnima); starts from the fortnight immediately after the Ganesh Chaturthi.

Pitru Paksha End date: Thursday, 17 September 2020 - Sarvapitru Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya.

Pitru Paksha 2020 Dates
Purnima Shraddha Tuesday, 01 September
Pratipada Shraddha Wednesday, 2 September
Dwitiya Shraddha Thursday, 03 September
Tritiya Shraddha Friday, 05 September
Chaturthi Shraddha Sunday, 06 September
Panchami Shraddha Monday, 07 September
Shashthi Shraddha Tuesday, 08 September
Saptami Shraddha Wednesday, 09 September
Ashtami Shraddha Thursday, 10 September
Navami Shraddha Friday, 11 September
Dashami Shraddha Saturday, 12 September
Ekadashi Shraddha Sunday, 13 September
Dwadashi Shraddha Monday, 14 September
Trayodashi Shraddha Tuesday, 15 September
Chaturdashi Shraddha Wednesday, 16 September
Sarvapitru Amavasya Thursday, 17 September

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Days Information and their importance

Purnima Shraddha

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 

Shraddha for those who died on Purnima Tithi is done on Amavasya Shraddha tithi and not on Bhadrapada Purnima. Usually, Pitru Paksha starts on the next day of Purnima Shraddha.

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Pratipada Shraddha

Wednesday, 2 September 2020 

Pratipada Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Pratipada Tithi, including both Shukla and Krishna Paksha Pratipada. It is also known as Padwa Shraddha.

Pratipada Shraddha tithi is also considered suitable to perform Shraddha for maternal grandfather and grandmother (known as Nana-Nani). If there is no person to perform Shraddha at maternal home then doing Shraddha on this tithi appeases souls of maternal grandparents. Even if death anniversary of maternal grandparents are not known then also Shraddha can be done on this tithi. It is believed that performing this Shraddha brings happiness and prosperity at the home.

Dwitiya Shraddha

Thursday, 03 September 2020

Dwitiya Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Dwitiya tithi, including both Shukla and Krishna Paksha Dwitiya. It is also known as Dooj Shraddha.

Tritiya Shraddha

Friday, 05 September 2020

Tritiya Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Tritiya tithi. It is also known as Teej Shraddha.

Chaturthi Shraddha

Sunday, 06 September 2020

Chaturthi Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Chaturthi tithi. It is also known as Chauth Shraddha.

Panchami Shraddha

Monday, 07 September 2020

Panchami Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Panchami tithi, including both Shukla and Krishna Paksha Panchami. It is also known as Kunwara Panchami. Doing Shraddha on this tithi is significant for those deceased family members who died unmarried.

Shashthi Shraddha

Tuesday, 08 September 2020

Shashthi Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Shashthi tithi. Shashthi Shraddha is also known as Chhath Shraddha.

Saptami Shraddha

Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Saptami Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Saptami tithi.

Ashtami Shraddha

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ashtami Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Ashtami tithi

Navami Shraddha

Friday, 11 September 2020

Navami Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Navami tithi. Navami Shraddha tithi is also known as Matra Navami. This tithi is the most suitable day to perform the mother's Shraddha. It is believed that doing Shraddha on this tithi appeases all deceased female members in the family. Navami Shraddha is also known as Naumi Shraddha and Avidhava Shraddha.

Dashami Shraddha

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Dashami Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Dashami tithi.

Ekadashi Shraddha

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Ekadashi Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Ekadashi tithi. Ekadashi Shraddha is also known as Gyaras Shraddha.

Dwadashi Shraddha

Monday, 14 September 2020

Dwadashi Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Dwadashi tithi. This tithi is also suitable to perform Shraddha for those who had taken renunciation (Sannyasa) before death. Dwadashi Shraddha is also known as Baras Shraddha.

Trayodashi Shraddha

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Trayodashi Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Trayodashi tithi. This tithi is also suitable to perform Shraddha for dead children. It is also known as Teras Shraddha.

Chaturdashi Shraddha

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Chaturdashi Shraddha tithi is only suitable for those deceased family members who were killed by some weapon, died in an accident, committed suicide or murdered. Otherwise, Chaturdashi Shraddha is not done on this tithi and is performed on Amavasya Shraddha tithi. Chaturdashi Shraddha is also known as Ghat Chaturdashi Shraddha or Ghayala Chaturdashi Shraddha.

Sarvapitru Amavasya

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Amavasya tithi Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Amavasya Tithi, Purnima Tithi, and Chaturdashi tithi. If someone is not able to perform Shraddha on all this then single Shraddha on this day is enough to appease all deceased souls in the family. If the death anniversary of ancestors is not known or forgotten then those Shraddha can be performed on this tithi. That's why Amavasya Shraddha is also known as Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya.

Mahalaya Amavasya marks the beginning of the Navratri festival. It is believed that Goddess Durga was descended on the Earth on this day.

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Pitru Paksha Tithi on North and South Indian Calendar

As per the South Indian calendar, it is observed in the lunar the month of Bhadrapada on the full moon day whereas, according to North Indian the calendar this is exalted in the lunar month of Ashwin which begins with the full moon day in Bhadrapada. However, both North Indians and South Indians conduct Shraddha rites on the same days. Pitru paksha is said to be a notable observance in Hindu culture because of other illustrious festivals such as Navratri dedicated to Navadurga is of nine days and Ganesh Chaturthi is of ten days, But this Pitru paksha (shraddha) lasts for sixteen days.

The people who can do Shradh


Shraddha is meant to be reverently pleasing and bestowing special honor (respect) to the ancestors. According to the belief, after someone's death in the family, he/she is rendered with reverence for their soul’s satisfaction, shraddha is conducted. It is believed that by doing Shraddha during Pitru paksha, the ancestors get peace and liberation This sacrament is greatly admired among the Hindus admirers for 16 days and thus revered as a grand observance in India. In the scriptures like Manusmriti and Brahma Purana, it is said that in the family, the sons have the right to do Shraddha, but if the departed ancestor does not have any son then the grandson, nephew, great-grandson or the widow (and vice-versa) can also perform Shraddha.


Comments

  • 31/05/2020

    Sir we want to start devi paath for 108 days such that it ends in navratre not pitre paksh. is ekadeshi june 2 is good for the starting. please advise. thanks.

  • 15/06/2020

    thithi/thavasam for 2020 of my mother, Name. Karthiani Departed date, 23/9/2017 Time,. 9.18am Malaysian time

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