Srardha, Tharpanam, Shradham, Pithru Bali or Pithru Paksh ? Do they all mean the same ? I am originally from Kerala where it is called Pithru Bali, this ritual is performed for the salvation for the souls of dead ancestors. We believe that the soul of dead ancestors attains nirvana or moksha by performing Bali on the banks of river or by the sea. A ring known as pavithram made of darbha grass, a full leaf of plaintain, some sesame, cooked rice and water are the necessary items required for this ritual. Also can this ritual be performed in NY ? If so any idea where I can do this in NY ? Thank You.