This yagya can help you to receive blessings from your ancestors and release any ancestral karmas and curses. This yagya must be performed specially in the month of September, which is called “pitri paksha” time. This yagya also includes the feeding of the poor on behalf of your ancestors.
Sraddha or Shraddha (Sanskrit: श्राद्ध) is a Sanskrit word which literally means anything or any act that is performed with all sincerity and absolute faith in it. (Śraddhā). In the Vedic Tradition, it is the ritual that one performs to pay homage to one’s ‘ancestors’ (Sanskrit: Pitṛis), especially to one’s dead parents or grandparents for neutralizing the karma of ancestors’ or Pitru Dosha in a natal chart. Conceptually, it is a way for people to express heartfelt gratitude and thanks towards their parents and ancestors, for having helped them to be what they are and praying for their peace. It also can be thought of as a “day of remembrance”. It is performed for both the father and mother separately, on their respective “Thithi “ – death anniversaries as per Vedic calendar. In addition, it is performed for the entire community of ‘Pitri’ – both from paternal and maternal side -collectively during the Pitru Paksha or Shraddha paksha (Fortnight of ancestors), right before Sharad Navaratri (Nine Nights of Mother Devine) in autumn.
Vedic Scriptures says that during Mahalaya Paksham, (In these ancestorial days) the ancestors in Pitru loka (heavenly abode) take Yama Dharmaraja’s (God of death) permission, come to earth and accept the Sraaddham offered by their descendants with satisfaction. Out of the specified 16 days, the days of Maha Bharani, Madhyashtami, Gajachaya and Mahavyatipatam are the most important. It is recommended that Hiranya Sraaddham and Tarpanam be performed every day during Mahalaya Paksham (In these ancestorial days). In Mahalaya Sraaddham, Matru vargam, (maternal side) Pitru vargam paternal side, who are specially included in Mahalaya Sraaddham, are relatives from father’s and mother’s sides, like uncle, aunt, their spouses et al. covers all such persons.
Duration: Daily 1:30 hour