Dreams are a common human experience, filled with a variety of elements that can evoke both pleasant and unsettling emotions. Occasionally, we may encounter visions of deceased ancestors in our dreams, which are believed to convey auspicious or inauspicious signs. Pitru Paksha starts on September 29, 2023, and ends on October 14, 2023.
According to a Delhi-based astrologer Acharya Pandit Alok Pandya, the recurring appearance of ancestors in your dreams signifies that they may have unfulfilled wishes they wish to communicate to you through this medium. If you are dreaming of them during Pitru Paksha, it can hold various meanings. Following such dreams, it is recommended to perform acts of charity in the name of your ancestors and arrange a puja to bring peace to their souls.
If you happen to see your ancestors smiling in your dreams during Pitru Paksha, it is regarded as an auspicious and positive sign. This suggests that your ancestors have acknowledged and accepted your Shraddha (rituals of respect and offerings) and are content and pleased with your actions. If you observe and see that your ancestors are appearing in a peaceful and calm posture in your dream, it signifies their contentment with you and suggests that you may receive some positive news shortly.
Furthermore, during Pitru Paksha, if you sense your ancestors being very close in your dreams, it indicates that they haven’t fully let go of their attachment to the family. In response to such dreams, it is advisable to offer incense in their name on Amavasya day and perform essential rituals for their peace. Additionally, feeding bread to a cow can also be considered a meaningful gesture.
Pitru Paksha begins on the full moon day of the Shukla Paksha in the Bhadrapada month and concludes on the Amavasya day of the Krishna Paksha in the Ashwin month. During this sacred period, devotees observe rituals such as Pind Daan, Tarpan, and Shraddha. These rituals are performed to seek blessings from one’s ancestors and to alleviate various life problems. It is believed that by performing these rites, individuals can honour their forebears and find solutions to life’s challenges.