Numerous devotees on Friday took a holy dip in the Ganga River at Varanasi’s Brijghat on the occasion of the ‘Pitru Paksha Shradh’.
On this day the priests performed various rituals and chant hymns on the banks of the river as the devotees offer prayers to their ancestors and seek their blessings.
Devotees take a dip in the holy water of Ganga
Pitru Paksha, also called a fortnight for the ancestors, is a 16 day period which falls in the Hindu calendar of Bhadrapada (September-October), beginning with the full moon day (Purnima) that comes immediately after the 11 day Ganesh Chaturthi festival ends and finishes with the new moon day.
The first day of the 16 day period is marked by the lunar eclipse. During eclipses, devoted Hindus prefer taking a bath in the holy river of Ganga.
During the ceremony a ritual if Pind-daan is performed which is thought as a must for all the Hindus or followers of the Hindu religion?