Pitri Paksha 2019

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019
15:00 h
Shree Peetha Nilaya – Bhakti Marga Centre and Ashram
Am Geisberg 1-8
65321 Heidenrod Springen
Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
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Pitri Paksha (also known as Shraddha) is a time of prayer dedicated to remembering, giving thanks and honouring our ancestors who have passed away. Traditionally, special prayers are done for two weeks to ensure deceased ancestors reach heaven and attain peace and happiness in the afterlife. Here at Shree Peetha Nilaya, we celebrate Pitri Paksha the day before Fall Navaratri begins. 

Did you know?

Karna was a legendary warrior well known for his generosity during the time of the Mahabharata War. When he was killed, his soul ascended to heaven where he was offered gold and jewels instead of food. Confused, he asked Indra why he wasn’t given any real food to eat. Indra told him that since he had only donated gold in his life, there was no food for him. When Karna explained that he was unaware of his ancestors, Indra permitted him to return to Earth for 15 days so that he could perform Shraddha and donate food and water in his ancestors’ memory. To this day, we celebrate this ritual as Pitri Paksha.

What to expect

This beautiful ritual involves a ceremonial offering of food, flowers and incense to your deceased ancestors. The form below will help you prepare for the ritual by collecting the names of family members who have passed away. Ideally, we ask you to provide the names of your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who are no longer living (please do not include the names of any relatives still living). You may also include additional generations if you happen to know their names, but it is also not a problem if you do not know everyone’s name.  

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What to wear

Pitri Paksha is a heartfelt ceremonial occasion. Indian dress is encouraged, but not required. Women are asked to wear saris or ankle-length skirts. Men are asked to wear kurtas and dhotis, or nice shirts and trousers. The ceremony is often done outside on the front lawn of Shree Peetha Nilaya, so please plan according to the weather.

Sponsor this event

Most of our festivities are free and open to the public. Sponsoring a puja is wonderful way to say thank you to Gurudev for all the blessings you have received from Him. It is also a generous way to help make the event available to others and to contribute to making it memorable for everyone.

The act of giving from the heart is a true blessing in and of itself. By helping to sponsor the event you reap the benefits from all the prayers done during the festivities. Even if you are unable to attend the event, you may still take part by becoming a sponsor.

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Place: Shree Peetha Nilaya

In the midst of the lush fields and forests of Germany’s renowned Taunus region, Shree Peetha Nilaya, 'the Home of Maha Lakshmi', invites you to come and explore what lies deep within your own heart. The Ashram offers accommodations and a variety of courses, events, and activities to help you connect more deeply with Divine and with others on the spiritual path. We invite you to come experience all the centre has to offer.


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Phone: +49 (0) 6124 605 9000
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