Must We Do Annual Shraddha ?

Must We Do Annual Shraddha ?

Last Updated : 19th September, 2014Must We Do Annual Shraddha Even After Visiting Banaras and Performing Gaya Shraddha ?     A lot of people say that after visiting Banaras (Varanasi) and performing Gaya (alternate spelling : Gaia) Shraddha, we do not need to do the shraddha for our forefathers every year. This is not at all correct. Gaya Shraddha is in no way connected… Continue Reading Must We Do Annual Shraddha ?

What Is Mahalaya Paksha ?

What Is Mahalaya Paksha ?

Last Updated : 26th September, 2014What Is Mahalaya Paksha ? Every year, in the month of Bhadrapada the period of Krishna Paksha (moon waning period) is called the Mahalaya Paksha.     During this period of 15 days, the shastras say that all our departed family members such as father, mother, grandfathers, grandmothers, great-grandfathers, great-grandmothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, granduncles, grandaunts, et cetera will visit… Continue Reading What Is Mahalaya Paksha ?

Should The Mahalaya Paksha Tarpana Be Done For 16 Days ?

Should The Mahalaya Paksha Tarpana Be Done For 16 Days ?

Last Updated : 18th September, 2014Should The Mahalaya Paksha Tarpana Be Done For 16 Days ? While it is true that the Mahalaya Paksha is the Krishna Paksha which extends for 15 days from the day after the Full Moon (Purnima / Pournami) which is Prathama in the month of Bhadrapada to the New Moon (Amavasya / Amavasai), the day following the Mahalaya Amavasya, which… Continue Reading Should The Mahalaya Paksha Tarpana Be Done For 16 Days ?

Can All The Brothers Perform Mahalaya Paksha Prayers Together ?

Can All The Brothers Perform Mahalaya Paksha Prayers Together ?

Last Updated : 18th September, 2014Can All The Brothers Perform Mahalaya Paksha Prayers Together ? During the Mahalaya Paksha, all the brothers can definitely join together and perform the “hiranya shraddha” in the same house. However, it is always better if each one of them does it separately in their house. This is because, among the pitrus invoked during the Mahalaya Paksha, though father (if… Continue Reading Can All The Brothers Perform Mahalaya Paksha Prayers Together ?

Best Day To Perform Mahalayam During Mahalaya Paksha

Best Day To Perform Mahalayam During Mahalaya Paksha

Last Updated : 18th September, 2014Which is the best day to do Mahalayam for ancestors during the Mahalaya Paksha ? According to the scriptures, during all the 16 days of the Mahalaya Paksha, our departed ancestors will come down to the Earth and will stay here with us ; therefore, each person should perform the “shraddha” or “tarpanam” for them and make them happy. In… Continue Reading Best Day To Perform Mahalayam During Mahalaya Paksha