Shradh term has been derived from the Sanskrit word “Shraddha” referring to devotion. In short,
any work done with devotion is called Shradh.
Pitra Paksha or Shradh is very important as per Hindu Methodology and are a crucial part of Hindu Religion
and Hindu Culture. The rituals and spiritual acts that we do with gratitude to our ancestors are known as
Shradh. In fact who does not believe in Shradh is not considered even Hindu. As per our sacred scriptures
and Hindu Methodology, especially Vedas, it is believed that after the death of a person the soul goes
towards the “Moon” and then further advances towards the Pitralok. The souls get empowered by the Ritual
commonly known as Pind Daan and Shradh. When the ritual of Shradh is performed, the Priests are invited and
they are offered different sorts of feast and donation in the name of our ancestors or Pitra. The Pitra gets
satisfied with the rituals called Shradh.
Shradh is usually performed twice a year, first on the death anniversary and during Shradh or Pitra Paksha.
On the same particular date of the month when the demise of the person took place. The Shradh performed on the
same day is called Ekodish-Shradh. On this day the food is offered to the Brahmins for the forever
satisfaction of ancestors.
During the Ashwin Month during the days of Krishna-Paksha, on the day of death when the Shradh
Is performed, is known as Pann-Shradh. It is believed that our ancestors come to earth to be hosted for the
feast hosted by their descendants, and give them blessings. During the Shradh, it is considered to be
auspicious to host 9 priests with full respect and honor.
The meaning of Shradh is a performance with devotion; in case a person is too poor to host a feast to Brahmin
then he can feed the cow with the green fodder in the name of ancestors and apologize for mistakes if any.
The ancestors get happy and bless the disciple and the family.