When we say India, it comprises of colours, festivals and rituals. Every Indian follows their custom & ritual with dedication. There's one such ritual which Indians follow irrespective of their caste & creed. Pitru Paksha is a 16–lunar day period in Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors especially through food offerings.This falls in Bhadrapada when we offer food to our ancestors as well as to our loved ones, who leave us untimely or timely. But this notion is wrong as this ritual is not limited to our ancestors but there's more to it.
During initial days, this period was considered as a holy period to understand our culture and our ancestors. People used to do Yoga, Pranayam, used to observe fast, perform pooja, used to donate food offerings to needy & poor people. Basically, this period was used to help people in distress. But as years passed, Pitru Paksha lost its original identity and was modified as per the era.
During this period, one should do pooja of goddess Mahalaxmi. In fact, this period is considered to be the auspicious one to make her happy and earn wealth and this should be done in the fist week of Pitru Paskha.
Sadguru Anand Johri