Shraaddhas or Shradha meaning faith or belief
To bestow respect to our ancestors –  the departed souls
By the progenies of the (Pitr) soul so departed to the heavenly abode
These are important annual rituals as a remembrance
For our no longer alive  relatives of ours
And have gone to the lands unknown – none knows to where
We remember their love and affection
With overflowing emotions
For our love ones who had shown us this beautiful earth
Truth is, due to them only we’re here on this planet
The dear ones who had bestowed us the righteous path
Along with showering us with care so affectionate
And delivered us from many a difficult situations.
Now, as they have turned to Pitr (Gone for good from us) domain
It is our sacred duty, the bounden one
To remember their stellar contribution
Due to which we are in the present state of wellness
During Shraaddha days we tend to remember their role
In shaping our destinies
In which we’re placed presently.
Besides recollection of their role while they were with us
With eyes filled with tears and our emotions running at its zenith
It is our sacred duty to remember them
For bestowing us the care and caution when it was hugely needed
And steering us clear from the troubled waters in which we were placed
Thus saving us from directionless journey of our existence.
By observing Shraaddhas
With absolute faith, we present offerings of food
So that our (Pitras) ancestors
Who might be in the dark regions
After they are with us no longer
Are able to move from dark recesses
To the region of lights of the heaven
By attaining liberation or Moksha from births & deaths
By the performance of Shraaddhas
In which rituals are held
In the form of reciting of holy mantras
Mention of which have been found in Upnishads
And most sincere prayers to Omnipotent & Omniscient
With utmost devotion
Besides the charities too are made to the needy ones
For our departed love ones
Who though are not with us now
But we represent them to carry on family traditions
Never forgetting without them our existence would not have been
We reminisce them during these days
And thank them for everything they had done for us
While they were on this planet with us.


Shraaddha or Shradha is the Sanskrit word which literally means Shradha or faith/belief and any act that is transacted with all the honesty and sincerity at our command according to pre-determined goal besides it has got sanctity faith/belief attached with it. Our emotional faith (Bhav) is a must for getting full benefits of the Shraaddas. Shraadhas are observed for 15 days (in the Hindu month of Ashvin) termed as the Pitra Paksh Period is very auspicious to offer Pinddaan so that the departed souls may get liberation (Moksha) from births and deaths. Mention of this has been in the ancient scriptures like Upnishads.


This year these are observed with effect from 1st September 2020 {Puranmashi – Full Moon Day to 17th September 2020 (Dark Night – Amavasya}. On these days, we Hindus reminisce our  forefathers/ancestors, who are not presently not with us. In other words, it is expression of our gratitude to th dead blood relatives (Pitras) and pay them respectful homage for their contribution towards us. In other words, it is expression of gratitude to our ancestors (Pitras) due to whom we are on this planet. For instance, I would be conducting Shraaddhas for my parents, elder brothers after linking with the dates on which they died.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Shraaddhas are held based on the dates on which our parents or grand-parents have left for their heavenly abode. The date for the shraadhas are observed based on the death anniversary – on the Shraadha Paksha.


These Shraaddhas are also observed after the death of an individual (after the left out ashes are immersed in the holy water of river Ganga). These Shraddhas are performed accompanied with chanting of Mantras for the departed soul. The Sharaaddha ceremonies are also performed at Kurukashetra (A Holy place in Haryana) in a water-body where there was a huge battle between Pandavas and Kauravas and Holy Song of Bhagwad Gita originated.


The Shraaddha rituals could be performed in Gaya (Bihar) the waterless river containing Phalgu (A type of sand) but water could be extracted from any spot by digging 2-3 feet at any part of this waterless river. While I visited Gaya and offered prayers at the famous Lord Vishnu temple and performed Shraaddhas for the departed souls of my parents, my brothers and grand-parents, and of course, for my relatives and friends who had left for their heavenly abode. I was spellbound by the air of Godliness everywhere there. It is believed that Sita Maa (while they were observing 14 years’ exile) had performed her Shraaddha rituals for her father-in-law Dhashratha at Gaya. It has been mentioned in Purana in great details.

The Shraddha rituals are performed not merely for our deceased parents, grand-parents but also our close relatives including small children who departed from this earth suddenly due to sickness or due to some unfortunate accidents. As these Pitrs (departed souls) have departed to their heavenly abode or may be not got Liberation or Moksha, due to one reason or other, the Shraddha performed with wholeheartedness will help liberate these departed souls.


Place where these rituals are held
. First of all, it is essential that the rituals are held at a place which is known for performing these sacred rituals. It could be places like banks of river Ganga, Yamuna, Gaya, Baranasi etc. For these, there is no need of appropriate time like Shraddha Period (15 days).

Pinddaan. This constitutes the offering consisting of baked rice, cow’s milk, ghee, honey, barley flour. All these are mixed together so as to make balls of contents as mentioned. This should be done with intense faith and belief with emotional attachment.

Tarpan. It is the offering of clean water mixed with sesame, barley, and flour; in these, Kusha (grass) forms an important part. By adopting right approach besides absolute faith and belief, our ancestors could get the benefits for their onward journey from dark or negative region to brighter one.

Offering to the Animals and birds. Before offering meals to the priests (Brahmins), it is considered a good omen or auspicious to offer the prepared vegetarian meal, prepared without use of onions and garlic, khir (prepared with cow milk, rice, sugar, dry fruits etc.) to the cows and birds. If the offering of Khir is taken by the crows, it is consider auspicious.

Feeding to the Brahmins. Subsequently, the prepared meal is offered to the priests (Brahmins) with utmost reverence and emotional faith.

Clothes and donation. After serving food with love and affection with positive emotions running high (Priti-Bhoj) to the Brahmins, the Brahmins are offered clothes and cash so as to cover their expenses to reach the place of Shraaddha rituals.

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  1. For the purpose of bestowing respects to our ancestors, SHRAADDHAS are being observed from yesterday onward (1st Sept) to 17th September. This gives us opportunity to pay homage to our relatives who has left us for HEAVENLY ABODE for good. During these days we conduct various rituals, offer food, clothes and help the needy etc. This is to remember our ancestors to exhibit our respects to them.

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  2. Shraaddhas are a way Of Expressing Gratitude To Our Elders. No Matter How Unscientific It Seems to Modern Generation, it’s a Way Of Loving The Legacy of which We are part of.
    Beautifully Written Sir 🙏

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