Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pitru Paksha and Anant Chaturdashi today, know their importance!

You need to do this during Pitru Paksha and Anant Chaturdashi! Comprehend the religious and spiritual significance of the Anant Chaturdashi and get the benefits out of it. Also, find out the Do’s and Don’ts of the Pitru Paksha in order to bring salvation to the souls of your forefathers and ancestors.


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हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें

In Hinduism, parents are given a lot of importance and so do their blessings. As they are the ones who bring us into this world, respecting them and serving them is considered to be a good deed. And this is where Shradh gets its importance from. The 16 day period starting from the Purnima of Bhadrapada and ending on the Amavasya of the Krishna Paksha of Ashvin is known as the Pitru Paksha meaning the fortnight of fathers. In this duration, people perform activities to let the souls of their parents and ancestors rest in peace. Charity, Havan and various other rituals are performed during this period. This year, the Shradh will start on September 5 and end on September 19.

How to do the Pind Daan during the Pitru Paksha?

According to the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, if there is no son in the family of the deceased ancestor, the Pind Daan can be done by the nephew or grandson of the departed ones. 

  • Three activities hold immense importance in the Shradh. They are Pind Daan, Tarpan, and Brahman Bhoj, respectively. Pind Daan is considered to be of paramount important as it is believed that the souls cannot attain moksha without the Pind Daan. During the Pind Daan, keep the Janeu on your right shoulder and offer the Pinds made up of rice, cow’s milk, sugar, and honey to your ancestors.
  • Mix black sesame, barley, and Kusha in water and offer it to your ancestors. It is believed that it quenches the thirst of your departed ancestors.
  • Perform the rituals at Gaya or at Prayag. If you are unable to do so, you can do it at your home.
  • It is believed that your ancestors can come to you in any form during the period of Shradh. Therefore, you must not turn away anyone who comes to you.
  • One should follow Brahmacharya during the Pitru Paksha and also refrain from consuming any kind of meat and alcohol during this period.

Know about the rituals of the Pitru Paksha in detail: Pitru Paksha/ Shradh rituals

The significance of the 10 types of alms in Pitru Paksha

It is believed that performing 10 types of charitable deeds during the Pitru Paksha helps the souls of the deceased ancestors to attain peace. Cow, lands, clothes, black sesame, gold, ghee, jaggery, money, silver, and salt should be donated during the Pitru Paksha. Apart from these, it is believed that feeding animals is also of significance during the period of Shradh.

After enlightening yourself with the significance of Pitru Paksha (Shradh), get to know the unknown facts about Anant Chaturdashi falling on 5th September 2017, (today)

Anant Chaturdashi is celebrated in India every year with great zeal and gusto. The festival is also known by the name Anant Chaudas. It is celebrated on the 14th day of the brighter fortnight (Shukla Paksha) during the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. This year, this festival will be observed on 5th of September. All incarnations and forms of Lord Vishnu are venerated on this day. An important facet of this festival is the Anant Sootra. Any thread made up of either silk or cotton is tied to Lord Vishnu’s hand. The thread must have 14 knots in it, and only then it can be considered as the Anant Sootra. It is believed that Lord Vishnu protects and blesses anyone who ties the Anant Sootra on this day. People also observe fast on Anant Chaudas in order to get blessed with a healthy offspring. Ganesha Visarjan is also done on the same day, which adds to the importance of Anant Chaturdashi.

Anant Chaturdashi Puja Muhurat
06:00:48 to 12:42:53
6 hours 42 minutes

Please note that the above time is according to New Delhi, India. Know the time for your city: Anant Chaturdashi Muhurta

Importance of Anant chaturdashi

It is believed that the festival of Anant Chaturdashi and Anant Chaturdashi fast started at the time of Mahabharata. When the Pandavas lost to the Kauravas, they were banished from their kingdom. During their exile, they had a chance to meet Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Krishna. Upon asking him for a solution to their problems, they were told about the Anant Chaturdashi fast and its importance. It is believed that Lord Vishnu incarnated into 14 different forms to save and nurture the 14 Lokas. The Anant Chaturdashi Vrat is regarded to be a golden opportunity for appeasing Lord Vishnu and obtaining his divine blessings.

On the day of Anant Chaturdashi, Lord Vishnu is worshipped with unswerving devotion. The Puja is done during the noon. The day commences with a purifying bath, after which the Kalash Sthapana is done. The Agni Purana narrates the immense importance of Anant Chaturdashi and its fast. 

Here, at AstroSage we sincerely hope that you are endowed with the choicest blessings of Lord Vishnu and we hope that the souls of your departed ancestors rest in peace!

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