Shradh 2023: Pitru Paksha, alternatively referred to as Shradh Paksha, commenced on September 29, 2023. This observance spans from the full moon day of the Bhadrapad month to the new moon day of the Ashwin month, and it holds special importance for Hindus as it’s a time for paying respects to their ancestors. During Pitru Paksha, it is believed that departed ancestors temporarily return to the earthly realm, increasing the significance of offerings to crows, who are considered messengers of the ancestors.
Important signs you should observe during Shradh
Observing a crow carrying a dry twig during Shradh Paksha is seen as a symbol of forthcoming financial prosperity. Additionally, when crows rest on the roof of your house or in flourishing green trees during this period, it is seen as a sign of blessings from your ancestors and the ongoing prosperity of your home.
Spotting a crow perched on a heap of grains or rice after it has eaten is seen as an indication of impending wealth. Likewise, if a crow rests on a mound of dust with scattered grains, it signifies an increase in prosperity. Additionally, if a crow consumes grass and subsequently flies to perch near a well or a riverbank, it suggests the possibility of discovering something valuable that was previously lost.
The presence of crows carrying leaves or twigs near your home during Pitru Paksha is considered a sign of your ancestors’ satisfaction. In such circumstances, any wishes or requests made to them are believed to have a higher likelihood of being granted. When a crow pecks at the back of a cow, it symbolises happiness and the arrival of good food in the household. If a crow sits on a pig’s back, it is thought to bring substantial wealth.
When a crow approaches food from the left side and consumes it, it signifies a journey without obstacles or interruptions. Simlarly, if the crow approaches from the right side, it is considered advantageous for travellers.
Auspicious signs during Shradh
These signs and symbols observed during Pitru Paksha are regarded as auspicious and are believed to carry the blessings of one’s ancestors. It is common for people to perform rituals and provide food to crows and other animals during this period as a way of honouring and seeking the blessings of their forefathers.