Pitru Paksha Shradh Mahapuja

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On the occasion of Sarva Pitru Amavasya on 14th Oct, join us in performing Pitru Paksha Shradh Mahapuja for the departed.


Shradh puja is an annual ritual done for the ancestors that is performed either on their date/tithi of death, or on Pitra Paksha as per their departure tithi. Sarva Pitru Amavasya is the last day of Pitru Paksha and is also called Mahalaya and it marks the beginning of Navratri festivity. It is believed that Goddess Durga descended on the Earth on this day. On this day, Shradh of all ancestors can be done irrespective of their date/tithi of death. This year, this day of Sarva Pitru Amavasya or Mahalaya Shradh falls on 14th October 2023. This puja is done for mainly one deceased person, and would include prayers for past three generations of deceased ancestors from Father’s side and past three generations of deceased ancestors from Mother ‘s side.

Pitru Paksha is a 16-day period during which one pays respect to one’s dead ancestors in the form of Tarpan or Shradh Puja in order to liberate them, please them, beg for forgiveness, and be rid of Pitru Dosha (ancestral curse). According to the Brahma Purana and other Vedic texts, devotion and rituals performed during Pitru Paksha assist the spirits of one’s ancestors find peace and go to the next world. According to Shastras, ancestors who have passed on to the next world come to this world during Pitru Paksha to bless their children, grandchildren, and future generations as a result of a blessing from Lord Yamraj. Thus, doing Shradh Puja at this time is very essential, both for one’s own well-being and for the spirits of one’s ancestors.

Shradh is a social and religious obligation imposed on all male Hindus. The significance attributed to the birth of a son in India reflects the necessity to guarantee that a male descendent would conduct the Shradh ritual after one’s death. Even ladies nowadays do Shradh for their ancestors. The ritual is carried out in memory of the dead father, grandpa, and great-grandfather, as well as the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Its purpose is to feed, protect, and assist the souls of the deceased on their journey from the lower to the higher realms, prior to their reincarnation and reappearance on Earth.

Shradh is celebrated in order for the spirits of the ancestors to find peace and freedom. The significance and relevance of Shradh puja is described in many Hindu Puranas, including Agni Purana, Garuda Purana, and Matysa Purana. According to the Garuda Purana, spirits who do not receive Pind daan, Tarpan, and other offerings roam aimlessly on Earth.

The Shradh ritual is performed to satisfy and appease the unfulfilled wants of spirits stuck in our world as a result of strong cravings that remain in the soul even after death. The Shradh rites assist in liberating these spirits, cleansing them of all misdeeds, and allowing them to rest in peace. Performing Shradh rites for the dead is regarded a meritorious deed, and it is thought that when one’s ancestors are happy, even Gods are pleased, and the native is showered with benefits of peace, wealth, development, and the well-being of one’s offspring.

This is a collective puja performed by 11 priests and other Yajaman (participants). 51 Pitru-Tarpan, 51 Dev Tarpan, 51 Rishi Tarpan, and 16 Pind Daan would be performed by one priest, one for each Yajaman. Pujan, mantra japa, and homa would be typical. You must include the names of ancestors from your side as well as your name and gotra/birth information as the performer of this ritual.

Pitru Paksha Shradh Mahapuja Benefits:
  • Blessings of offspring, pleasant family connections, and family development.
  • Relieves one of Pitru dosha
  • Blessings of financial stability and success.
  • Blessings of relief from bodily and mental illnesses and disorders.
  • Other malevolent consequences of Pitru Dosha are alleviated.
Pitru Paksha Shradh Mahapuja Service Includes:

Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana (Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Panchayatan pujan, 51 Pitru-Tarpan, 51 Dev Tarpan, 51 Rishi Tarpan, 16 Pind daan, Purusuktam recitation, Vishnu Sahasranama path, Pitru Gayatri mantra japa 11,000 times, Pind Visarjan, Donation to Brahmins, Feeding to Cows, Dogs, Crows & Poor (Panchgras).


Pitru Gayatri mantra:

Om Pitraganaye vidmahe,
Jagatdharine dhimahi,
Tanno pitro pracodayat


ॐ पितृ गणाय विद्महे जगतधारिणे धीमहि तन्नो पित्रो प्रचोदयात्


Meaning: May all ancestors find peace. May the divine Mother Earth, prakriti find peace. May we heal so that we may take mindful steps. May we all remember to always remember where we came from. May we always be respectful to our roots.


Number of Karmakandi Brahmins: 11

Puja will be Live Streamed.

Since this is a Puja for the departed soul, no prasad is sent.

Rudra Centre priests will perform Puja as per Vedic rituals based on birth details. Please mention the names of ancestors from your side as well as your name and gotra/birth information as the performer of the puja. You can specify names(if you know) of 3 generations of deceased ancestors from Father’s and Mother’s side. The priests will include all unknown ancestors in the sankalpa

This is an elaborate group puja done along with other participants. We recommend you to watch the puja via Live streaming whose link we would send to you before the start of the puja. Videos and pictures would be shared with you while the puja is live. Please share your WhatsApp number with us for easy coordination.

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