Important – Mahalaya/Pithru Paksham: Gho Dhanam, Gho Puja, Anna Dhanam, Vastra Dhanam, Brahmana Bhojanam, and Pakshi Bhojanam

Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara,

Mahalaya Paksham/Pitru Paksham begins from Sep 29 to  Oct 14. Doing Pithru Karmas like Sharadham, Tharpanam, etc. for our ancestors is paramount; this fifteen day period is auspicious for various other dhanams as well. By PeriyavA’s Krupai, like the last few years, we would like for everyone to do the following Kainkaryams this year as well.

As always, we will send you the pictures/video clips of the kainkaryams done. 

1. Gho Dhanam

கோதானத்துக்கு மிஞ்சி ஒரு புண்யமுமில்லை. பாப பரிஹாரத்துக்கு அதுவே பெரிய மருந்து. தானம் வாங்குபவர் அதை நன்றாக ஸம்ரக்ஷித்து வைத்துக் கொள்ளக் கூடியவர்தான் என்று நிச்சயப்படுத்திக் கொண்டே கோதானம் செய்ய வேண்டும். – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகள்

There is no better act of Punnya than Gho Dhanam (Donating a cow). It serves as a great medicine for salvation of sins. We should first make sure that the person who receives the cow as Dhanam is capable enough to look after it well and only then should offer it as Dhanam. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal


In many cases, due to various situations we or our ancestors may not have done Gho Dhanam for our ancestors. The next couple of weeks present a rare opportunity to perform this noble act for our ancestors and for ourselves. This is a Maha Punya Kalam to perform this Kainkaryam. This is a great punya kAryam as we also rescue and rehabilitate a cow/calf each time a Gho dhanam is performed.

Gho dhanam costs anywhere between Rs. 40k to 45k. This is inclusive of the price of the Gho matha and calf (there a few conditions for buying Gho Matha and calf which has be given as Dhanam), transportation needed from the location of the cow/calf to our Periyava Kainkaryam goshala in Uthukaadu village near Kanchipuram, Gho Dhana Puja Dravyams, Vasthram and Vadhyar Sambhavanai.

We don’t have cows and calves on hand. After you contribute for this Kainkaryam, we will need to procure a cow and calf for your Gho dhanam satisfying the Gho Dhanam conditions.

2. Gho Puja

Perform Gho Puja by doing a Sankalpam for your family/ancestors and feeding the Gho Matha and Vadhiyar Sambavanai. Costs Rs. 3.5k.

3. Anna Dhanam

Anna dhanam during Pitru Paksham, especially Mahalaya Amavasya day, brings great punyam and peace to our family.

As many of you already know, we are able to offer regular or special Anna dhanam to many underprivileged people in old age homes, special-needs schools and poor, roadside people in the Cuddalore and Chidambaram vicinities.

Anna dhanams cost Rs. 40 per person per regular meal and Rs. 70 per person per meal served with sweets etc. You may transfer any amount and we will apply that towards Anna dhanam during Mahalaya Paksham.

4. Agathi Keerai Bhojanam

ThirumUlar says in his Thirumandhiram – “யாவர்குமாம் பசுவுக்கு ஒரு வாயுறை” – “Everyone may offer a cow, a mouthful of food.”

Mahalaya Paksham is the most auspicious time of the year to offer Agathi Keerai to Gho Mathas and Rishabams especially the hungry and needy cows roaming in Chennai eating plastics.

We are able to buy Agathi Keerai for Rs. 15 per bunch.

5. Pakshi Bhojanam

Our shastrams say that our ancestors visit us in the form of crows. What better time to offer them food than the Pitru Paksha kaalam? We feed crows cooked rice and biscuits.

We never know what abacharam or papam we committed to many jeevarasis knowingly or unknowingly. Let’s us do our bit as a prachatiyam by feeding all these jeevans during this auspicious time.

6. Brahmana Bhojanam

We can do Brahmana bhojanam to vaideeka + non-vaideeka. Finding vaideekas may be difficult during Mahalaya Paksham as they will be busy.

We will be able to do Kumara bhojanam at Veda Patashalas also. Please let us know your budget and we can arrange accordingly.

7. Vastra Dhaanam

We can provide Veshtis and Sarees to poor and old people. Budget is up to you.

How to Participate?

For every kainkaryam that you are interested in participating we will send pictures/video clips for your visibility. If you are interested in doing any of the above mentioned dhanams please let us know by sending an e-mail to, or WhatsApp +918428672622 (WhatsApp Only)

Posting a few sample pictures below.

Sri Periyava Thiruvadi Sharanam
Rama Rama


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