Friday, March 20, 2015

Pithru Tharpanam, the act to satisfy the manes

Pithru tharpanam  is a ritual done by  every Brahmin who has lost is father in memory of  his manes both on their father’s side  as well as mother’s side . This is supposed   to satisfy  them and the word is derived   from Thrupthi (satisfaction) . Brahmins believe that  the water oblations offered by them reach the manes if they are   in the Pithru Loka   and even if they have taken re birth, it reaches them in  the form that satisfies them. I have  given the  following  tharpana manthras  in English so that   it can be used by people who do not know Sanskrit   or their mother toungue.  These people  may be in a minority   but should not some thing    done for them.

     Regarding these  the following clarifications are also given.
1.      If there  are more than one son to  a parent, all of them are supposed to perform Tharpanas   individually.
2.      Commonly it is performed during Amavasya, Utharayana and Dakshinayana Punya kala  and during  the thula sankramam  and Kadaka sankramanam  and during eclipses , though our  Sastras want us to perform it  on 64 different occasions.
3.      The Samkalpas  which tell the manes that we are performing it in such and such a place    and in such and such a time  , mention that   we perform it in BHaratha Varsha.Many people ask that  when we do it in USA or Australia  , how is it Bharata  Varasha. It seems one great savant called California as Kapilaranya. Being not great I do not know how to do it, . But a very elderly and learned man told me  , that  wherever we are , we are mentally and spiritually in India only  and so there is nothing wrong and telling   that  we are doing it in Bharata  Varsha,
4.      For the past  15 years , before the year  beginning , I also  publicise   about the Sankalpam when  Pithru tharpanam is done . Since I know that  thereis a lot of time difference in places, I also tell in those sankalpas the time of the change of the Thithi and Nakshatra  in Indian Standard time (IST). Very large number of people all over the world , use what I put and so this is one job that   gies me immense satisfaction  of having done something   to my young and old Brahmin friends  , who do not know Sanskrit or their mother toungue or do not have this information with them. This years sankalpams hae already been put in http://brahminrituals.blogspot.in/2015/03/tharpana-sankalpams-for-year-2015.html



3 comments:

  1. Sir, Many thanks. I recently only came across this site. I would be extremely grateful if this year's thithi vara nakshtram is also included. RajeshS.

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  2. Sir, Many thanks. I recently only came across this site. I would be extremely grateful if this year's thithi vara nakshtram is also included. RajeshS.

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  3. If there are no sons for a father a daughter can do pinda pradan or not in kasi

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