The famed Pitripaksha Mela of Gaya where people offer Pind-daan to their ancestor at the bank of river Phalgu is beginning from September 10 for a fortnight. The event will mark an end on September 24. It is a ritual in Hinduism, where Hindus pay homage to their ancestors (pitrs), especially through food offerings. The ritual has great value if performed in Gaya at the bank of river Phalgu. It is believed that it is the sacred land where Lord Rama performed these holy rites in remembrance of his father Dasarath. The preparation for the annual rituals has been in full-flung in the historic twin towns of Gaya and Bodh Gaya. The Vishnupad temple at Gaya and Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya held great importance during the fortnight long ritual. Thousands of people flocks to these holy towns from across the country and abroad for performing the historic rituals of Pind-daan for their ancestors. It is believed that performing Pind-daan in Gaya helps in getting 'Moksha' to the souls of ancestors.
According to the Hindu Calendar, Pitripaksha starts every year from the day of 'Anant Chaturdashi' of 'Bhadra Shuklapaksha' and ends on 'Pratipada' of 'Ashwin Shuklapaksha'. The ritual is performed at 48 different locations spread across these twin towns.
Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation Limited (BSTDC) has launched Pitripaksha Tour Package for the people. The package includes Pind-daan (Akshyawat, Phalgu, Vishnupad), arrangement of Panda with Puja Samagri, AC rooms, Pick and Drop, Local Sightseeing with Lunch and breakfast included. The tour is available in the following packages :
- Gaya-Bodh Gaya- Gaya (Same Day)
- Gaya - Bodh Gaya- Gaya (Nightstay)
- Gaya - Bodh Gaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Gaya (1N/2D)
- Patna - Punpun - Gaya - Bodh Gaya - Patna (Same Day)
- Patna - Punpun - Gaya - Bodh Gaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna (1N/2D)
One can contact BSTDC for more detail information and booking.