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    Remembering the ancestors all through these 14 days- Mahalaya

    From September 2nd to 16th Sept the Mahalaya period is being observed during which the elders of our family are remembered and obituary rituals are performed to please them. If one does not know the Shradh Tthithi of the elders, they can perform the rituals on the Mahalaya Amavasya which falls on the 17th of this month. This is most important that some where or the other we are having the blessings of our elders from maternal and paternal side, and remembering them for a day during this fortnight is always considered good.
  • #709235
    According to my knowledge, we pay our tributes to the good old ancestors like grandfather/mother and great grandfather/mother and late father/mother. Many might not have seen their grandparents or great grandparents. In Tamilnadu, we perform this ritual on Aadi Amavasya or Thai Amavasya only. We go to the seashore or the riverbanks where the pandits perform the rituals with Thil (Gingely seeds). During the course of the rituals, the pandit would ask us to spell the names of our passed away ancestors. A few would remember and say, and many may not know their names.

    In fact, what I would say is - Let us not remember them once in a year, but remember them daily during our daily prayers. Just spend 3 minutes in your pooja room to remember your favorite deity, your parents and grandparents, and to put up your requests and wishes.

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  • #709239
    The persons whose parents or parent is not alive can only do these rituals. The speciality of this is that you can pay homage to all the elders of your family who are no more as on date. My father will perform this on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya as his parents and my mother's parents are also not alive now. For all the four he will perform the homage paying on Amavasya only.
    My father will make a list of his forefathers from the family history and he pays homage to all of them during this period without fail. Getting priests for performing this event is very difficult due to COVID 19 as many are not coming out these days.

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  • #709246
    This event that occurs twice in a year is helpful for the pandits and pujaris to earn a good sum. While many pujaris will be hijacked by the rich to perform this ritual, there will be many ordinary poojaris who would sit on the seashores and river banks to help the middle and lower-class people. They would make the people sit collectively and perform the ritual and collect a reasonable sum as fees for their performance. They sit from morning to evening and carry home bagful money.
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  • #709284
    The Shradha Pitru Paksh (fortnight) has much significance in our culture and basically it is meant to pay homage to our ancestors and seniors of the family who are no more with us. In fact in some parts of our country it is observed two times - one is the actual tithi (date as per Panchang) when the particular person died and another is one of the days in this fortnight. This year, Pitru Paksha is falling from September 2, 2020 (Bhadrapada Purnima) to September 17, 2020 (Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya). The last day is of special importance as Shradh of unknown person or a person whose date of death is not known can be performed on this day. Literally the word Shradh which is derived from Sanskrit means to perform the act with sincerity and faith. Many of us offer homage to our forefathers with devotion. It is said that if one does not know how to do it and is away from his society then the easiest alternative is go to a temple and ask the Pandit to do it on our behalf by telling him the person for which it is to be done.
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  • #709346
    We take this Shradh time with faith and sincerity and sometimes if Pandit is available do it in the house by offering the cooked rice balls to the departed souls in the family. This is a ritual that we observe without fail every year at this time.
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