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 2020

Date Day Shradh
01 September Tuesday Purnima Shraddha
02 September Wednesday Pratipada Shraddha
03 September Thursday Dwitiya Shraddha
05 September Saturday Tritiya Shraddha
06 September Sunday Chaturthi Shraddha
07 September Monday Maha Bharani, Panchami Shraddha
08 September TuesdayShashthi Shraddha
09 September Wednesday Saptami Shraddha
10 September Thursday Ashtami Shraddha
11 September Friday Navami Shraddha
12 September Saturday Dashami Shraddha
13 September Sunday Ekadashi Shraddha
14 September Monday Dwadashi Shraddha
15 September Tuesday Magha Shraddha , Trayodashi Shraddha
16 September Wednesday Chaturdashi Shraddha
17 September Thursday Sarva Pitru Amavasya