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Pitru Paksha is a 16 days period when Hindu community offer prayers and honor their ancestors. This period begins on the first full moon (Purnima) following Ganesh Chaturthi and ends on the Peddala Amavasya.
Pitru Paksha begins on the following day of Bhadrapada Purnima Shraddha.
This is the opportunity for the devotees to honor their ancestors and forefather and pay respect to them by offering them food and water. The starting date depends on the North Indian or the South Indian calendar that the devotees follow. These days are considered to be very auspicious to perform the rites after death like (Daan, Tarpan & Shradh).
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As per the ancient Indian history, when Karn passed away during the war of Mahabharat and his soul reached heaven, he didn't get to eat regular food. Instead, he was given gold and jewels to eat. His soul got frustrated and he addressed this issue to Indra (Lord of heaven) that why is he not being served the actual food? Then Lord Indra revealed the actual reason that He donated all these things to others throughout his life but never gave the same to his ancestors. Then Karna replied that he didn't know of his ancestors and after hearing him out, Lord Indra allowed him to return back to Earth for the period of 15 days so that he can donate food to his ancestors. This 15-day period came to be known as Pitru Paksha.
Remedies for Pitra Dosha who have Pitra Dosha in their Kundli.
During the Pitru Paksha, Shraddha is performed. The process of this ritual may be different from one person to the other but usually, it has 3 parts:-
Pitra Dosha Nivaran Puja - To get rid of malefic effects of Pitra Dosha.
Apart from these processes mentioned above, devotees should refrain from certain things. For example, during the Pitru Paksha like nonvegetarian food shouldn't be eaten, Hair should not be cut, and one should not eat tamsic food like garlic, onion, etc. Any new project or endeavor or purchase of a new home or a new vehicle should also be avoided during this phase.
Sarva Pitru Amavasya is dedicated to all ancestors whose death tithi may have been forgotten or is unknown.