Pitr-Paksha (Remembering the departed)
Our Hindu dharma teaches us not only to be kind to living, but also remembering and honouring our departed forefathers. As per our ancient Vedic Scriptures, each one of us is indebted to our ancestors. Pitr means ‘forefathers’ and paksha means (a particular phase of the moon) and together ‘pitr-paksha’ means an auspicious time to remember who have passed away. This is a very significant time for all followers of sanatan dharma, better known as Hindus.
The Pitr-Paksha fall during the dark half phase of the months of Ashwini and Bhadrapad (September-October), and lasts for 15 days. This year (2010) Pitr-Paksha starts from 24th September and ends on 7th of October.
To pay homage to our departed ancestors, and receive their blessings, we perform Shraadh ceremony during the month of Pitr-paksha. The belief is that during this period of Pitr-Paksha the forefathers, who have departed, come down to the earthly planet and take rites from their family line. The offering is done through giving the remnants of Lord Vishnu to qualified brahamanas. This offering gives solace to the souls of forefathers, and in some cases grant liberation.
If somebody has Pitr-Dosha in their horoscope, it is observed that person and his family faces financial, health related or other kind of problems. The negative energy is so strong because of this dosha that it hinders the overall development and growth of that person and his family.
Why does Pitr-Dosha occurs?
The Pitr-Dosha occurs when the souls of the departed ancestors are not peaceful due to different reasons. Some of the possible reasons can be:
- Some of their wishes, which were not fulfilled
- Family members failed to honour and remember the ancestors in a proper way
- Impious activities performed by either the children or the ancestors themselves, while living
- Death in an unnatural way
Problems associated with Pitr-Dosha:
If you are facing some of the following problems repeatedly in your life, try to consult a good astrologer, as you might have Pitr-Dosha in your horoscope:
- Problems to conceive
- Repeated illness of your child or children
- Disharmony in the family, leading to unnecessary stress
- Professional growth and education is being checked due to different reasons
If you are facing one or more of the above problems, it is advisable to consult a good astrologer, so that he can check your horoscope to determine the exact nature of Pitr-Dosha in your chart.
Accordingly, he prescribes some remedies. Some of the common remedies for warding off the effects of pitr-dosha include:
- Making balls with ghee and rice, and feeding them to cows weekly, on Sunday.
- Worshipping Lord Narayan is the best of all remedies
- Charity and donations to deserving brahmanas
Besides the above, there are some dedicated rituals also, for instance, ‘Narayan Nagbali Pooja’. This worship is performed only at particular places in India, like, Trambekshwar in Nasik, Haridwar, Kala Hasti in the state of Tamil Nadu etc.
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