Best Time for Magha Shraddha or Magha Death Anniversary Ritual in Pitri Paksha in India

Magha Shraddha

Magha Shraddha is performed in Pitri Paksha when Magha Nakshatra prevails during Aparahna Kala (Post Meridian). If Magha Nakshatra prevails partially during Aparahna Kala (Post Meridian) on two days then the day when it prevails for longer duration is considered suitable for performing the rituals.

If both Magha Nakshatra and Trayodashi Tithi prevail during Aparahna on the same day then it is known as Magha Trayodashi Shraddha . It is generally the 13th day of Mahalaya or Pitri Paksha.

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Nakshatra Magha is significant in Pitri Paksha because it is ruled by Pitris(पितृ), translates to fathers but also used for forefathers and great forefathers, the spirits of the departed ancestors.

Pitri Paksha or Mahalaya Shraddhas are Parvan Shraddhas(पार्वणश्राद्ध) and auspicious time to perform them is Kutup Muhurt and Rohina Muhurt. It could be performed till Aparahna Kala (Post Meridian) gets over.

Tarpan (तर्पण) could be performed at the end of the Shraddha . Tarpana is performed with Til, water and other materials by offering to ancestors. Tarpana could be performed on any day but on Shraddha these are usually performed at the end.

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Shradh dates in 2019

Date Day Shradh
13 September Friday Purnima Shraddha
14 September Saturday Pratipada Shraddha
15 September Sunday Dwitiya Shraddha
17 September Tuesday Tritiya Shraddha
18 September Wednesday Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha
19 September Thursday Panchami Shraddha
20 September Friday Shashthi Shraddha
21 September Saturday Saptami Shraddha
22 September Sunday Ashtami Shraddha
23 September Monday Navami Shraddha
24 September Tuesday Dashami Shraddha
25 September Wednesday Ekadashi Shraddha
26 September Thursday Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha
27 September Friday Trayodashi Shraddha , Chaturdashi Shraddha
28 September Saturday Sarva Pitru Amavasya