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Importance of Pratipada Shraddh, 1st day of Pitru Paksha

Those who wish to perform Amavasya Thithi according to the ancient Hindu religious custom and tradition in order to please their forefathers and ancestors can start performing it from day one which is widely known as Prathamai Thithi.

It can be done at home, temple, on the seashore or river bank, lake or pond or even a well. One can also take the assistance of a priest or elderly person in performing the rites and ritual in a proper manner.

The method of performing Prathamai Thithi is done by filling a large plate with handful of clean sand from a river bed. With tender leaves of the karisalankanni moolika, fully cover the surface area of this sand. Take nine earthen lamp deepa jyothi and pour coconut oil and karisalaankanni oil. Light these lamps on top of the sand. Do perform the tarpanam with these bright lamps as the divine witness.

Those who feel that any festivals, marriage ceremonies and pitru rituals are not performed satisfactorily in the family then this first day Prathamai thithi will cover these shortcomings and fulfill the procedures too.

In south India, the ideal spot for this type of worship is Kekkarai en route Kuruvi Rameswaram near Thiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu. This spot is locally known as Gaya Karai or the banks of Gaya. On the bank of the river, there is an ancient temple; the principal deity is Lord Kasi Viswanatha Shiva. The devotees are advised to worship the temples surrounding located in Chaayavanam, Srivanchiyam, Thiruvaiyaru and Thiruvidaimarudhoor.

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