Do's And Dont's of Pitri Pooja on Sarvpitru Amavasya

Do's And Dont's of Pitri Pooja on Sarvpitru Amavasya
16 September 2016 Astrology/ 2 Comments

The shraadha rituals are performed by Hindus in the first half of ashwini month of the Hindu lunar calendar. This karma is considered and one the namaitik karmas. This means these are the karmas that must be performed by a person as obligatory duties. In case, one does not do these, one incurs a lot of karmic debt.

The ones who perform Shraadha karma every year for their ancestors get blessed with prosperity, peace, long and healthy life.

This is a 15 day period in which Hindus perform Shraadha ceremonies for departed forefathers are performed on the same Tithi on which they left their mortal frame.

Shraadha karma must essentially be done by people whose horoscope indicates a pitri dosha.

Signs of a Pitri dosha include:

  • Frequent conflicts in the family.
  • Illnesses that occur on a continuous basis.
  • Perpetual economic crises in the family that causes failure to achieve success.
  • Inability to bear progeny or children having weak mental and physical abilities.
  • Difficulty for finding marriage prospects for the children in family.
  • Hair of elderly person in the home turning yellow after being grey or suffering of elderly members with whooping cough.

There are some important restrictions on Pitri pooja.

  • Do not eat meat on pitri pooja day
  • Never offer meat on pitra worship day
  • Steel, iron, plastic or glass utensils must not be used on this day.
  • The bell should not be rung on this day during the pooja.
  • The person performing the pooja should not be disturbed in any way.
  • One should not annoy nay elderly people and try to keep them happy especially on this day. You may do good work at an old-age home and spend sometime chatting with elders, so that they feel good.

Solutions for Pitri dosha

  • The Tarpan Rites for pitri dosha include pind daan that is done on the new moon of the Shradhas paksha. On this day, dried cowdung cakes are burnt and kheer (milk and rice pudding) is placed on them. Water is sprinkled on this and tone should offer prayers by folding their hands and pay respect to their ‘pitras’.
  • In the morning, sun should be offered water alongside recitation of Gayatri mantra. Water, flowers, milk, Ganges holy waters and black sesame seeds should be offered to the ‘pitras’. One should offer apologies for any mistakes that a person may have committed and seek the blessings t of the forefathers.
  • Cows should be feed with wheat and jiggery on Sundays.
  • As per Lal kitaab, offering similar denomination notes of currency like 1, 5, 10,20 in temple rids one of the Pitri Rin.
  • One can perform Tripindi Shraadh or Nandi Shraadh at Gaya or Triyambakeshwar.
  • Narayanbali pooja should also be done.
  • The Pitra Gayatri mantra should be performed while performing all rituals related to Pitri pooja and these include Pind daan, Gaya Shraadh, Pitri bhog. There are 99 days for making offerings in a year (12 death Tithis, 12 new moon days, 12 full-moon days, 12 Sankranti, 12 Vaidhriti yoga, 24 Ekadashi, and 15 Shraadha days).