Pitru Paksha (Mahalaya Paksha, Apara Paksha, Shraddh Paksha) is a fortnight dedicated to dead ancestors and forefathers. In 2013, Pitru Paksha starts on September 20 and ends with Mahalaya Amavasya on October 4, 2013.
During Pitru Paksha, dead ancestors are offered special rites and rituals. Pitru Paksha Shraddh begins on Ashwin Krishna Pratipada or first day of Ashwin month as per North Indian calendar. It starts on Bhadrapad Krishna Pratipada as per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, and Kannada calendars.
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During Pitru Paksha, each day is dedicated to different section of dead ancestors.. such as dead women, dead children, accidentally dead ancestors, etc.
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in USA & Canada – September 19
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in UK & Europe – September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in UAE & Gulf countries - September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in Singapore - September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in Malaysia - September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in South Africa & African countries - September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in Australia - September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in New Zealand - September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in Mauritius - September 20
Pitru Paksha 2013 date in Maldives - September 20
Here is the detailed calendar or schedule of Pitru Paksha 2013
Pratipada Shraddh 2013: September 20
Dwitiya Shraddh 2013: September 21
Tritiya Shraddh 2013: September 22
Chaturthi Shraddh: September 23
Panchami Shraddh: September 24
Sashti Shraddh: September 25
Saptami Shraddh: September 26
Ashtami Shraddh: September 27 - Madhvashtami or Arudrashtami
Navami Shraddh: September 28 - Avidhava Navami or Avidhva Navami
Dashami Shraddh: September 29
Ekadashi Shraddh: September 30
Dwadasi Shraddh: October 1 – Yateenam Mahalaya Shraddh or Yathi Dwadashi
Trayodasi Shraddh: October 2 – Balbolaniteras
Chaturdashi Shraddh: October 3 – Shraddh Chaturdashi or Ghat Chaturdasi
Mahalaya Amavasya Shraddh: October 4
Pitru Paksha in 2012
Pitru Paksha 2012 starts on September 30 and ends with Mahalaya Amavasya on October 15, 2012.