Shradh 2023: Honouring ancestors has deep roots in Indian tradition. During Pitru Paksha in the month of Ashwin, it is believed that our departed forebears return to Earth to observe the welfare of their descendants. In Hindu faith, discontent or anger of ancestors, known as Pitru Dosh, may result in life challenges, but it can be mitigated through rituals like Tarpan, Pind Daan, and Shradh to appease their spirits.
This year, Sarva Pitru Amavasya falls on October 14, coinciding with a Saturday, which is associated with Lord Shani. This auspicious day offers the opportunity to address both Pitru Dosh and Shani Dosh.
Benefits of black seasme seeds in Shradh
According to Hindu beliefs, offering black sesame seeds during Shradh is considered a way to please Lord Yamraj, the god of death. This is believed to help free the ancestors from Yamlok. Lord Aryama, considered the god of ancestors, can be pleased by offering black sesame seeds during rituals, which in turn pleases the forefathers. By performing these rituals, individuals seek blessings from both Lord Aryaman and their ancestors.
Many believe that Lord Vishnu, the creator of sesame seeds, is pleased when people observe a fast and perform specific rituals during Shradh, including offering black sesame seeds. This act not only pleases Lord Vishnu but also appeases the ancestors, ensuring that their souls reach Vaikuntha, the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu.
Significance in Pitru Paksha
The use of black sesame seeds in worship during Pitru Paksha is believed to pacify Trigrahi Doshas, which encompass three planets: Rahu, Ketu, and Shani. By offering black sesame, one can seek to appease and harmonize the influence of these celestial bodies.