Balabholaniteras, Kakbali in Gujarat: Shraddh rituals to dead children

Balabholaniteras, also known as Kakbali, is the Shraddh ritual offered to dead children during Pitru Shraddh Paksha. It is observed all over India, but in Gujarat this Shraddh karma is called as Balabholaniteras. In 2014, Balabholaniteras date is September 21.

Balabholaniteras is observed on the thirteenth day during Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapad month (Bhadrapad Krishna Trayodashi).

As per North Indian calendars, Shraddh rituals for dead chidlren are performed on Ashwin Krishna Trayodashi which is also on September 21, 2014.

On Balabholaniteras day, dead children are offered Shraddh karma and the food is offered to crow. This is the reason why it is also known as Kakbali. Ghatchaturdashi is performed on the next day on which dead ancestors who died accidentally are offered shraddh karma.

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