What is Pitra Dosh ?
The ninth house in a person's natal chart is considered the house of father, ancestors, fate and fortune. A conjunction of Sun and Rahu in this house and other planetary combinations indicates Pitra Dosha, which erases all auspiciousness from the house of luck. Pitra Dosh in a horoscope indicates that a person has not done enough for his ancestors or that they remained dissatisfied with him for some reason. Pitra Dosha can also result when a family member dies an unnatural death or if someone has not offered his respects to the souls of deceased loved ones. Scroll Down to read more
Pitra Dosha generally brings sorrows in the life of an individual. This may come in the form of money loss, household conflicts, law suits or an inability to conceive a child and difficulties on the career front. The person who suffers from Pitru Dosh will not benefit from luck and ends up struggling on nearly every front in life.
According to the Hindu scriptures, by satisfying our forefathers who are no more in this world, we can have blessings for happy and peaceful worldly life.
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Pitra Dosh Remedies or Upay:
If you are observing Pitru Paksha, you will have to perform a shraddh ceremony, and invite people as well as holy men to attend the feast. The feast is held to oblige the unrequited desires of departed souls and help it on its way to higher realms. Feeding people during the Pitru Paksh helps not only departed ancestors, but the performer is also liberated from past karma. For the same reason, there is the tradition of feeding cows and beggars during this time.
O Brahmin Bhoj:
You can feed a number of Brahmins during this period, so that their blessings will accrue to your departed ancestors. On the day, imagine that the Brahmins are your departed ancestors and serve them sumptuous food. Treat them with respect and offer them all hospitality, as you would treat your departed ones. Give them some "dakshina" (fees). You can show your respect for the Brahmins by touching their feet and seeking their blessing.
O Pind Daan
Take a handful of cooked rice and mix it with sesame seeds and shape into balls. Touch the rice ball and invoke your ancestors and meditate on them. Sprinkle some black sesame seeds along with water on the pinda, add some curd on the ball. Offer sandalwood paste and some flowers to this pinda and respectfully place it where birds or animals can eat it.
Tarpan is the offering of water to Gods, sages and the souls of ancestors. Donating water is above all punya (good deeds) that one can perform in their lifetime. Tarpan is performed on the banks of a river or lake. Offering of water (tarpan) to deities is done using the finger tips, while water is offered to the deceased ancestors's souls with the thumb and the first finger of the hand.
O Pitra Sukt Puja
Other Pitra Dosh removing 'upay' includes the Pitra Sukh Puja, which is done on 'Amavasya' (No Moon) and 'Chathurdashi. In addition, chanting Gayatri Mantra and gazing at the sun at sunrise can strengthen the position of Sun in the horoscope and helps reduce the impact of Pitra Dosha in one's life.
Pitra Dosh Nivaran Mantra
" Om Pitrabhyah devatabhyah mahayogibhyech cha,
Namah sawaha swadhyaye cha nityamev namah | |"
Pitra Dosh Nivaran Puja should include chanting of the Pitra Dosh Nivaran Mantra to pacify the souls of the departed ones.
Pitra Dosh Nivaran Puja
At Rudra Centre, we perform Pitra Dosh Nivaran Puja on your behalf as per Vedic rituals. The puja will include Pitra Aradhana, mantra jaap, tarpan, offering of food to eight Brahmins, donation to Brahmins (clothes and money), feeding of cows, dogs, crow and beggars to appease an individual's departed forefathers.