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Lasting for 16 days, Pitru Paksha is the festival of peace for the souls of the ancestors.  This is the last of the 16 sacraments mentioned in our religious texts.

Pitru Paksha is a festival celebrated for the salvation of ancestors. Which is celebrated from Pratipada Tithi of Ashwin Krishna Paksha to Amavasya Tithi.

In the Pitru Paksha, the dead ancestors of the family are remembered with reverence, this is called Shradh. The meaning of doing Pind Daan is that we are donating food for the ancestors. The meaning of doing tarpan is that we are donating water. In this way, these three works have importance in Pitru Paksha.

In ancient times, Maharishi Nimi was first given the knowledge of Shradh by Atri Muni. After this Nimi Rishi performed Shradh and after him other sages also started performing Shradh. After this the tradition of performing Shradh Karma became prevalent.

If the date of death of a family member is not remembered or if he is any other member of the family or if he is not a relative but a knower, then his Shradh is performed on Shraddh Amavasya.