Pitra Paksha or the fortnight of our ancestors falls on the month of Bhadrapada where people perform rites and rituals for their deceased ancestors as there is a saying that it is very easy to pacify an angry god but it is very difficult to pacify the ancestors once they become angry. In the Hindu religion, our ancestors are considered as of greater importance than god. To seek their blessings and to give them our tribute, Pitra Paksha is observed.
Pitra Paksha is considered to be inauspicious and any religious or auspicious events are not done during this period other than rituals and paying tribute to our forefathers.
Ten Lines on Pitra Paksha in English
10 Lines on Pitra Paksha – Set 1
1) Pitra Paksha is a 16 day period in the Hindu religion dedicated to the people’s ancestors.
2) Pitra Paksha comes in the month of September-October as per the Gregorian calendar.
3) Pitra Paksha starts from “Purnima” or full moon and ends on “Amavasya” or no moon.
4) Pitra Paksha period is considered as the sun’s transition from the northern to the southern hemisphere.
5) Pita Paksha is the period when people invoke their ancestors and seek their blessings.
6) It is believed that the souls of ancestors come from “Pitra Lok” and stay on earth for a month.
7) Pitra Paksha is considered inauspicious because people conduct the last rites of their ancestors.
9) As per the customs, the rituals of “Shraddh” should be performed in the late afternoon hours.
8) Shraddh is a custom to offer food and water to deceased ancestors in order to please them.
10) On Pitra Paksha, people either recite “Garuda Purana” or “Shrimad Bhagwat” in their homes.
10 Lines on Pitra Paksha – Set 2
1) Pitra Paksha also known as “Pitri Paksha” which means “fortnight of the ancestors” is a 16 days period where people pay tribute to their ancestors.
2) As per the Hindu calendar, Pitra Paksha falls on the 2nd fortnight of the lunar month of Bhadrapada and on September-October in the Gregorian calendar.
3) We get the traces of Pitra Paksha in the ancient epic “Mahabharata” written around 400 BCE where “Bhishma” is telling “Yudhishthira” about “Pitra Paksha”.
4) Pitri Paksha is a period when the ancestors who are not alive, are respected, worshiped for seeking their blessings.
5) Hindus believe that the souls of three preceding ancestors rest in a different ‘Lok’ called “Pitri Lok”, located between heaven and the earth.
6) When someone from the current generation dies then the soul of a first-generation ancestor goes from Pitra Lok to heaven to meet the god.
7) The rituals of Pitra Paksha are very much important to be performed by sons so that the soul of his ancestors must reach heaven.
8) Pitri Paksha is considered very inauspicious to the Hindus as on this occasion they perform death rites called “Shraddha” or “Tarpan”.
9) On a specific date, the rituals of “tarpan” are performed which is calculated and decided as per the Hindu astrological calendar called “Panchang”.
10) Last day of Pitra Paksha is called “Pitri Visarjani Amavasya” and performing havan, giving food to animals, and alms to the poor are considered pious.
10 Lines on Pitra Paksha – Set 3
1) Pitra Paksha is a time when we remember our ancestors.
2) Pitra Paksha has been going on since Vedic times.
3) This is a Hindu event, which is celebrated with great pomp all over India.
4) It is for 16 days, which is celebrated till Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month.
5) Pitra Paksha is celebrated by people to express their gratitude towards their ancestors.
6) In the festival of Pitra Paksha, people visit many important places to perform Shradh for their ancestors.
7) During this, people remember their ancestors and follow all religious rituals.
8) It is believed that during Pitra Paksha, worshiping ancestors and performing Shradh gives peace to their souls.
9) While performing Shradh, five pieces of food are taken out to offer to the ancestors.
10) The act of offering five parts is called Panch Bali.
10 Lines on Pitra Paksha – Set 4
1) Performing rituals has a good significance in this period.
2) In earlier times people celebrated this festival with great reverence.
3) Some rules and regulations are supposed to be followed during Pitra Paksha.
4) During this time, meat-liquor and vengeful things are not consumed by the people till the entire Pitru Paksha.
5) According to religious beliefs, performing Pitra Visarjan at pilgrimage places gives special results.
6) According to the Puranas, before pleasing the gods, we should please the ancestors.
7) It is believed that if our ancestors are unhappy, we cannot please God.
8) Every year Pitru Paksha Shradh starts from Bhadrapada Shukla Purnima and continues till Ashwin Krishna Amavasya.
9) This year 2021, Pitru Paksha will start on Monday, 20 September.
10) Pitru Visarjan will be celebrated on 6 October, Wednesday.
There are some religious and mythological aspects which are attached with Pitra Paksha. Many people and their families suffer from “Pitra Dosh”, a kind of problem where family members indulge in quarrels, no new birth takes place and prosperity gets halted. It is considered that our ancestors are angry with us. In order to pacify our ancestors and to seek their blessings, shraddh and havan are conducted in Pitra Paksha.