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Prayers for Departed Souls

By Rediff News Bureau
Last updated on: October 07, 2021 15:54 IST
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Pitru Paksha is a 16-day Hindu ritual to pay homage to souls who have departed for their heavenly abode.

This year, the ritual started on September 21 and ended on October 6.

It is believed paying homage to departed souls during Pitru Paksha helps them attain Moksha.

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IMAGE: Pitru Paksha on the auspicious day of Mahalaya near a lake in Mumbai, October 6, 2021. Photograph: Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters


IMAGE: Pitru Paksha in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters


IMAGE: Tarpan on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati. Photograph: Rupjyoti Sarmah/ANI Photo


IMAGE: Tarpan at Marina beach in Chennai. Photograph: L Anantha Krishnan/ANI Photo


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