Ekadashi Shradh 2023 Date

Ekadashi Shradh 2023 Date, Gyaras Shraddha

What is Pitru Paksh / Ekadashi Shradha?

The Pitru Paksha period is the best time to perform shradh to deceased ancestors in the family. This is a sixteen-day period completely dedicated to shradh and tarpan for the ancestors. Pitru Paksh period lasts from Bhadrapad Purnima to Ashwin Amavasya (August - September). The eleventh day of Pitru Paksh, Ekadashi Shraddha, falls on Ekadashi day in Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, and Kannada Panchangams, and in Ashwin month in Hindi calendars. Hindus commemorate Pitru Paksha to respect ancestors and to pray for deceased family members. Gyaras Shraddha is another name for Ekadashi Shraddha.

Whether the death occurred during Krishna Paksha or Shukla Paksha, Pitru Paksha shradh must be performed on the tithi when the ancestor died. Due to the numerous advantages of doing the Pitru Paksha Shradh during this period, a large number of Hindus actively participate in Shradh rituals.

This day is set aside for performing shradh ceremonies for ancestors who died on any month's Ekadashi tithi. The Pitrus (ancestors) are said to visit their descendants on Earth during the Pitru Paksha era to accept the offerings they make. In truth, the occupants of the ancestral Worlds can only exist because of the tarpan and shradh provided by their earthly descendants. As a consequence, shradh and tarpan can help fulfill the deceased's hunger while also receiving their blessings for the well-being of the family.

Importance of Pitru Paksha Shradh/Significance of Ekadashi Shraddha:

Hindus observe the Pitru Paksha to pay honor to ancestors and to pray for departed family members. This day, known as Pitru Paksha, is observed from the full moon day of Bhadrapad until the Ashwin month Amavasya.

According to the lunar calendar, Ekadashi Shraddha occurs on the Ekadashi thithi of Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada month or the eleventh day of the waning phase of the moon in Bhadrapada month. Ekadashi Shraddha occurs in the month of Ashwin, according to North Indian Purnimant Calendars.

Ekadashi Shraddha, also known as Gyaras Shraddha, is the eleventh day of the Bhadrapada Month's fifteen-day Mahalaya Paksha. The entire mahalya paksha period is considered auspicious for presenting Tarpans to the departed and so satisfying them.

Ekadashi Shraddha can be done for souls who have passed away on Ekadashi Tithi. The deceased might have died during any of the Paksha or Lunar Fortnights, such as Shukla Paksha (Bright Fortnight) or Krishna Paksha (Dark Fortnight). Pinda Daan is also performed, and Pind's are either submerged in the river or fed to a cow during the ritual. On this day, Sri Vishnu Puja is also conducted, along with Shradh tarpan rites.

The auspicious muhurats are Kutup Muhurat and Rohina Muhurat, and they last till the Aparahna Kala is over. According to the Marandeya Purana scripture, Shraddha's ancestors would provide health, riches, and happiness, and the one who fulfills all rites is said to have attained salvation. It is important that the Shraddha process concludes in such a way that lunch occurs at Aparhana Time. After we do the Shraddha and appease our ancestors by presenting Tarpans, they would be delighted and gift us with wealth and prosperity. Tarpan (तर्पण) might be done at the conclusion of the Shraddha. 

Apart from Kashi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Prayag Sangam, Rameswaram, and Gaya, Tamil beliefs hold that Amma Mandapam near Srirangam, Mohanur, Musiri, and Thiruvidaimarudur are the ideal destinations for Ekadashi Shradha.

Rituals of Ekadashi Shraddha:

The individual doing the shraddhas must bathe and wear clean garments, particularly a dhoti and a holy thread.
The performer wears a durva grass ring.
The rites entail several alterations to the holy thread.
Pinda Daan is performed when pindas are offered to the ancestors.
On this day, Sri Vishnu and Sri Yama are worshiped.
Food is fed to cows, crows, dogs, and ants.
On this occasion, Brahmans are given Dakshina and food, as well as some charity and money.
Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita are recited with full family.

Ekadashi Shradh Ritual Timings

Ekadashi Shradh 2023 Date - Monday, October 9, 2023

Ekadashi Shraadh Kutup (कुतुप) Muhurat - 11:45 AM to 12:32 PM
Duration - 00 Hours 47 Mins

Ekadasi Shradh Rohina (रौहिण) Muhurat - 12:32 PM to 01:18 PM
Duration - 00 Hours 47 Mins

Gyaras Shradha Aparahna (अपराह्न) Kaal - 01:18 PM to 03:38 PM
Duration - 02 Hours 20 Mins

Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 12:36 PM on Oct 09, 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 03:08 PM on Oct 10, 2023

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