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Pitra Paksha &10 Donations

 Donation of following 10 articles during ‘Pitra Paksha’ comes under ‘Mahadaan’. Ancestors get pleased if these articles are offered and donated by the person doing Shradhakarma.


Please make sure you ONLY donate the following to a Temple built with Atharva Vedic Agama( condition) to get the fullest benefits. Simply visiting your local temple and donating any of the following WILL NOT help you properly. There is only one Temple in the North America built with Atharva Vedic Agama/ Conditions. The address of the Temple is Hindu Temple of Ohio, 2222, Olive Road, Dayton, OH- 45426. E-mail: and the Toll Free number is 1-888-808 1418



Donate cow (Gow Daan) - The first and foremost article among the ten ‘Mahadaan’ in Pitra Paksha is Cow.

2. Donate Land (Bhumi Daan)- If ‘Shradhkarta’ can afford to donate land then he should donate a small piece of land to a needy poor person. If it is not possible then he should take a small lump of clay, keep it in a thali. Take Sanklap and donate it to a Brahmin along with ‘Dakshina’.

3. Donate Seasame (Til Daan)- Black Seasame seeds are considered auspicious for donation in Pitra paksha.

4. Donate Gold (Swarn Daan)- If one can not afford gold for donation, then Dakshina should be donated to a Brahmin.

5. Donate Ghee (Ghrit Daan)- Ghee made of Cow milk should be donated in a vessel.

6. Donate Clothes (Vastra Daan)- Two main clothes and two under clothes which are not torn and used one, better if the
clothes are new should be donated to a Brahmin.

7. Donate Cereals (Dhaany Daan)- Wheat, Rice and other cereals should be donated after taking a Sanklap.

8. Donate Jaggery (Gud Daan)- Donation of jaggery in Pitrapaksha is also auspicious.

9. Donate Silver (Rajat Daan)- Ancestors bless their successors if they donate Silver in Pitra Paksha.

10. Donate Salt( Lavan) - Ancestors get satisfied if salt is donated in Pitrapaksha.

After offering
food and donation to a temple built on Atharava Vedic Agama( In the USA the only temple located is Hindu Temple of Ohio in Dayton, OH. Phone #  Toll Free 1-888-808 1418) then chant the following mantra 108 times :-


Yasya Smirtya cha Namoktaya TapoyagyaKriyadishu,
Newnam Sampurntam Yati Sadhyo Vande Tamchayutam


If you need more help or understanding call the Pundit Ji in the Temple. Also the Pundits will come to your home wherever you live in the nation to take care of your Pitra Paksha needs including any spiritual needs


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