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First Day of Pitru Paksha

Hindus believe that the departed wander in a realm between heaven and earth (‘Pitru Lok’). Here, they are restless and still attached to worldliness (‘Maya’). The prayers and ritual offerings during Pitru Paksha free the souls and help them transition towards ‘Brahmaloka’ or heaven.

First Day of Pitru Paksha
First Day of Pitru Paksha

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Sep 17, 2024, 12:00 AM

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Hindus are bound by their Dharma, or religion, to pray for the souls of their ancestors. It’s a debt they must pay to stay happy. During Pitru Paksha, a  16-lunar-day period in the Hindu calendar that starts this year on September 17, people offer prayers, food, and water to their ancestors. It is also believed that during Pitru Paksha, feeding and caring for anyone in need generates good karma that helps bring peace to the departed. Click HERE to view the resources developed by National Today.

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