Shradh 2018 will commence on 24th September and end on 8th October, 2018. Shradh is also called Pitru Paksha. Pitru Paksha is a 15 lunar day’s period which starts from Purnima (Bhadrapada Purnima) and ends at Amavasya (Ashwin Amavasya called Sarva Pitru Amavasya) when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, especially through food offerings. It is mentioned in the Brahma Puran that, on the eve of Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month the Lord of death ‘Yamraj’ grant freedom to all the souls so that they can accept and eat the food made by their children on the occasion of Shradh.
Find the list of Pitru Paksha 2018 or Shradh dates that you should follow through the days.
24th September, 2018 – Purnima Shraddha
25th September, 2018 – Pratipada Shraddha
26th September, 2018 – Dwitiya Shraddha
27th September, 2018 – Tritiya Shraddha
28th September, 2018 – Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha
29th September, 2018 – Panchami Shraddha
30th September, 2018 – Shashthi Shraddha
01th October, 2018 – Saptami Shraddha
02th October, 2018 – Ashtami Shraddha
03th October, 2018 – Navami Shraddha
04th October, 2018 – Dashami Shraddha
05th October, 2018 – Ekadashi Shraddha
06th October, 2018 – Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha
07th October, 2018 – Trayodashi Shraddha, Chaturdashi Shraddha
08th October, 2018 – Sarva Pitru Amavasya
The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya amavasya. Mahalaya amavasya is the most significant day of Pitru Paksha. Amavasya Tithi Shraddha is done for those who died on Amavasya Tithi, Purnima Tithi and Chaturdashi Tithi. If someone is not able to perform Shraddha on all Tithis then single Shraddha (for all) on this day is enough to appease all deceased souls in the family. If death anniversary of ancestors are not known or forgotten then those Shraddhas can be performed on this Tithi. That’s why Amavasya Shraddha is also known as Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya.