Pitra Paksh 2018

Monday, Oct 8, 2018
15:00 h
Shree Peetha Nilaya – Bhakti Marga Centre and Ashram
Am Geisberg 1-8
65321 Heidenrod Springen
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Pitra Paksh (also known as Shraddha) is a period of 16 days that is dedicated towards praying for one's ancestors who have passed away. The significance of Pitra Paksh is that this is done by Hindus to ensure that their deceased ancestors reach heaven and attain peace and happiness in the afterlife. During the ceremony one's ancient ancestors (the Rishis and the gods) are invoked and prayed to in order to serve and assist those who have died. The ceremony is a short ceremony, but requires those who are present to read the names of the deceased ancestors from their family.

Pitra Paksh at the ashram, Shree Peetha Nilaya in Germany near Frankfurt

This ceremony's origin comes from the time of the Mahabharat war when Karna, the brave warrior whose acts of giving are legendary even today, died, and his soul transcended to heaven, where he was offered gold and jewels as food. However, Karna needed real food to eat and asked Indra, the lord of heaven, the reason for serving gold as food. Indra told Karna that he had donated gold all his life, but had never donated food to his ancestors in Shraddha. Karna said that since he was unaware of his ancestors, he never donated anything in their memory. To make amends, Karna was permitted to return to earth for a 15–day period, so that he could perform Shraddha and donate food and water in their memory. This period is now known as Pitra Paksha.

For those that will be attending for the ceremony in person at Shree Peetha Nilaya, you will be able to read the names of your own deceased ancestors during this ceremony. Therefore you must write down ONLY the names of all your deceased ancestors.

Please download this form to write down the names of the deceased on both sides of your family. Print this form and bring it with you when you participate in Pitra Paksha.


Bhakti Marga has its headquarters at Shree Peetha Nilaya, meaning ‘Abode of the Maha Lakshmi’, the Divine Mother. It is located in the beautiful German countryside near Wiesbaden. Residents and guests come together every day to participate in special events, prayers, meditation, singing, seva, and to share their love of the Divine with one another.

In ancient times, yogis would receive Divine Inspiration through the connection to God in Nature. Shree Peetha Nilaya is such a place.

Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda

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Recommended Clothing

When coming for the event, please ensure that you are dressed accordingly. Women should wear saris or leg length dresses. Men are asked to dress smartly or wear a kurta. If the weather is cold make sure your clothing is warm.


If you have any questions about the event or registration, please contact us:
Phone: +49 (0) 6124 605 9000
Tuesday – Saturday: 14:00 – 17:00
Email: events [at] bhaktimarga.org