Chaturdashi Shraddha in Pitru Paksha, Chaturdashi Shraddha 2013, Chaturdashi Shraddha 2013 date, when is Chaturdashi Shraddha in 2013?
Chaturdashi Shraddh is the fourteenth day of Pitru paksha. In Sanskrit, Pitru Paksha literally means the fortnight of the ancestors. Pitru paksha is a 16 lunar day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors by performing shraddh.
In the year 2013, Chaturdashi Shraddha date is October 3. The dates are as per Hindu calender and it comes in the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada ( september – october) masa starting with the full moon day that comes after the Ganesh festival and ending with the new moon day which is the day of Mahalaya Amavasya .
As per the puranas , even the great donor Karna could not attain peace in heaven as he had not performed shraddh as per rituals and donated food. Hence he was sent back to earth for a 16 day period to complete the procedure which came to be known as Pitru Paksha Shraddh.
Chaturdashi Shraddh is performed on October 3, 2014 for those ancestors who have died only due to unnatural incidents like accidents. Even if the person has died on chaturdashi itself due to natural circumstances, shraddh for those are not performed on this day. This day is also called Ghata Chatudashi.
It is said that people who have unnatural deaths are not able to attain moksha and their souls would be wandering in the sorroundings. But when we perform Shraddh we help our ancestors attain moksha.
Shraddh is perfomed by male by taking bath and then wearing a ring made of grass. The ancestors are then invoked into the ring. Then rice is cooked and mixed with ghee and black sesame seeds and made into round balls called Pinda. Then the ceremony is performed by the priests and then pinda is offered into a river or lake.Some people also offer it to cows or crows. After this the priests are fed and then food is distributed to the assembled people. This way the ancestors would feel happy and bless the family.