Shradh period that lasts long for a fortnight and falls in the month of September every year. During this time Hindus remember and worship their deceased ancestors. Those who follow Shradh rituals with care get blessed with health, wealth, and all other material luxuries that a human can think of. Homage is paid to the departed souls and food is offered to keep them happy and at peace.
Importance of shradh 2020
When our ancestors leave for their heavenly abode, they look out for their family members to take care and continue to bless them. Shradh 2020 is all about paying due respect to their role while they were alive and expressing gratitude for their blessings from across the borders of life and death.
Timing of Shradh
Shradh 2020 starts from 2nd September and continues till 17th September . A period of about 15 lunar days starts with a full moon and ends on the new moon. While we take over a lot of good from our forefathers, sometimes their misdeeds start affecting their souls. The instability caused to them, in turn, starts negatively affecting the current generations and their lives. By performing Shradh one can come out of the bad effects and enjoy a peaceful life.
The most important day of Shradh 2020 is the Mahalaya Amavasya. On this day, the sacraments to respect the deceased can be performed without consulting the day, time, tithi etc. It is therefore also known as Sarva Pitru Shradh.
The procedure of carrying out the Shradh rituals
The Shradh prayers should be offered with a clean and sanctimonious mind. The person offering Tarpan should realize, recall and accept the importance of his ancestors and all that they have done for the family.
During Shradh, the favourite dishes of the dead person’s are prepared and are offered to Brahmins and poor people. It is also accompanied with clothes and they must preferably be white or yellow in colour.
Benefits of performing Shradh puja
Observing Shradh becomes all the more important in cases of unnatural deaths. It is believed that those who are a casualty of sudden incidents do not attain moksha. For such cases, following Shradh 2020 will ensure that the soul achieves peace and moves onto the heavens unobstructed.
Those people who are suffering from the Kaal Sarp dosha will come across problems related to finances and fertility. By performing the Shradh puja, the person can get rid of the malefic effects. Thus by observing Shradh, one can expect good fortune and blessings from ancestors.
What after the shradh phase?
The auspicious phase begins right after the end of Shradh phase. It starts with Navratri when Durga puja celebrations begin. Any work that is put on hold during the Shradh phase can be taken up in this auspicious phase.