What it the significance of the Mahalaya Amavasya- Pithru Paksha Tharpanam Karya?
Mahalaya Paksha starts –16th Sept 2016– Pitru paksha or Shraddh paksha| Mahalaya Amavasya – 30th September 2016
Have you ever felt that for no apparent reason, you are constantly suffering . You are a pious, God-fearing person, you do not indulge in back-biting or wrong doing consciously, yet you or or your family members are always undergoing one or the other type of problems. Astrology has a perfect explanation to this problem. It is due to the fact that the soul of our ancestors & departed forefathers does not get peace (Shanti). If knowingly or unknowingly our ancestors have done some mistakes, they are reflected in our Horoscope as Pitra Dosh or Pitra Rina and being their off springs we are destined to suffer from their bad effects. Because of the malefic effect of the inflicted planets, benefic planets also stop giving favorable results.
Mahalaya Paksha or Pitru Paksha begins September 16th 2016 to 30th September 2016
|16||September||(Friday)||Purnima Shraddha- Mahalaya Paksha begins|
|19||September||(Monday)||Tritiya Shraddha, Chaturthi Shraddha|
Maha Bharani, Panchami Shraddha
On this Tithi men perform the Shraddh for the wives. Pind Daan or Tarpan takes place for the mother that is why it is also named as Matra Navami
This is performed for people who have taken up Sanyas or renunciation before death. Tarpan takes place for the people who died on Dwadashi Tithi. Also called as Yati Mahalaya
Magha Shraddha, Trayodashi Shraddha or KaakBali
Chaturdashi Shraddha or Chaudas Shraddh On this day of Shraddh, Tarpan is performed for the persons who have died an unnatural death (accident, murder or suicide).
Sarva Pitru Amavasya
In the Vedic Astrology, Rahu is considered the main cause of these doshas.
Pitru Dosha is due to any of the following main reason, and there may be others.
- Bad deeds ( bad karma ) of our ancestors in earlier life, knowingly or unknowingly, are embarrassing their souls,
- Bad deeds ( bad karma ) of children, knowingly or unknowingly, are embarrassing the soul of ancestors,
- Lack of fulfillment of parental desires of our ancestors,
- A sudden and unnatural death of any relative ancestors in early age,
- If someone fails to remember and honor the ancestors properly,
- If certain wishes are remained attached with the soul of the ancestors, etc.
Pitru Dosha occurs if any ancestors up to the 7th generation on the fathers side and up to the 4th generation on the mothers side have expired at an early age or have had an unnatural death.
Story about Pitru Paksha
The story why the Pitru Paksha is marked by daan and charity has its deep ingrained meaning in a story of the Mahabharata.
When Karna died in the epic Mahabharata war, his soul moved to heaven, where he was offered gold and jewels as food. Karna had done limitless charity of wealth, but had neglected to do Anna-Dana. Hence he found wealth and luxuries, but with no food to appease him. Lord Yama then told Karna that he had donated gold all his life, but had never donated food to his ancestors in Shraaddh. Hence to make amends, Karna was permitted to return to earth for a fifteen day period, so that he could perform Shraaddh and donate food and water in their memory. This period is now known as Pitru Paksha. It is believed that in these 15 days the souls of our ancestors are the closest to the earth, moving around us and as we fail to recognize them, they return to their ORB unsatisfied and unhappy that we do nothing for them.
The fifteen days of Mahalaya Paksha consists of 15 Tithi. They are Pratipat, Dvitiya, Tritiya, Chaturthi, Panchami, Shashti, Ashtami, Navami, Dasami, Ekadasi, Dvadasi, Trayodasi, Chaturdashi, New Moon day (Sarvapitru Amavasya). According to Hindu mythology, every individual’s who wants to perform this Pitru Tharpanam, they should do it on the same day of their ancestor died which will fall within any one of these fifteen days.
What is Pitru dosha and how to identify it in ones horoscope?
Rahu and Ketu – the two chayya grahas are responsible for certain bad yogas in the horoscope of individuals. The Saints and Rishis have woven many facts in the mythology to give a meaning of Solar ( Sun ) and Lunar ( Moon ) Eclipse. Another meaning is that Rahu gives the result at a cost of losing the body. And Ketu gives the result at a cost of losing the head. Means, the person under the effect of Rahu or Ketu has to loose one thing to get another. Additionally, whenever there is any kind of connection between Rahu & Ketu and Sun & Moon, it mostly gives inauspicious results.
Pitru Dosh is one type of Yoga, which is formed by various combinations and placements of planets and houses. As per Astrology system, Sun is the symbol of Father. Furthermore, the 10th house in the horoscope also indicates Father and related aspects. Hence, if any negative combination of Sun or the 10th house, indicates presence of some kind of Pitru Dosh.
At many places, Saturn is also hold equally responsible for different forms of Pitru Dosh. When Sun and Saturn are in the same house, or having Drishti ( affecting each other ), it is also considered as Pitru Dosh.
Saturn also represents our ancestors. If Saturn is afflicting Moon it predicts that Pitru Dosh is from maternal side, while if Saturn is afflicting Sun, then predict that the Pitru Dosh is from paternal side. For this to happen, the 5th lord/house should also be afflicted.
Pitru Moksha (Ancestor Salvation) Spots Worshipped by Lord Sri Rama – Ideal for Pitru Worship
There are Pitru Shakti spots imbued with the spiritual potency of exalted Pitru Deva Beings. And then there are Pitru Mukti spots – places so holy that they are able to grant moksha to even these exalted Pitru Devas!
Seshambadi near Kumbakonam and Poovalur near Trichy as some of the best Pitru Mukti (ancestor salvation) spots in the entire world.
Others are Rameswaram, Nedungudi, Thilatharpanapuri, Innambur, Theerthandapuram and Kekkarai. Considering the whole of the holy land of India, there are more than 1008 Pitru Mukti kshetras including the well known ones such as Varanasi, Prayag, Gaya, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
In all these Pitru Moksha spots, the exalted Pitru Devas themselves accept your tarpana, argya and sraddha offerings at all times, but particularly during the Mahalaya Paksha fortnight.
Thus these pitru mukti temples and sacred spaces are the best places in the world for conducting your pitru worship and pitru karmas.