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Pitru Paksha: Avoiding The Ancestral Curse

Understanding the ancestral curse of Pitra Dosh and the period of Pitru Paksha and how to release the karmic debt. Pitru Paksha is a religious event by Hindus that offer sacred prayers to deceased ancestors with rituals of Tarpanam and Shradh that appease the dead. The period is also used to help the dead break their karmic cycle and attain enlightenment. According to Indian philosophy and religious studies, Moksha is a liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth known as samsara. The Sanskrit word muc (“to free”), the term moksha literally means freedom from the cycle of rebirth.

The ancestral curse of Pitru Paksha

Pitra Dosh isn’t really a curse but is a Karmic debt of the ancestors which carries on through the living. According to noted numerologist and astrologer Gajanan Krishna Maharaj, “When this is found in one’s horoscope this means you are to continue to pay the ancestral debt. In simple words, Pitra Dosh is formed in your horoscope due to past ills incurred by your ancestors.”

In this life, you are to pay that Karmic debt. According to Hindu beliefs, those who may have disrespected, caused harm, hurt or displeased dead elders invite their wrath. In order to seek forgiveness, the Tarpanam and shradh rituals of offering food and water to crows believed to be the sign of Yama, the God of death or dead ancestors who manifest as crows. Ideally, one must perform the Tarpanam on all 16-days, but the Mahalaya Amavasya is the most important day. This period of Pitru Paksha is deemed highly inauspicious for engagement or marriage ceremonies, grihapravesh  which is a house warming ceremony, mundan, the head tonsuring ceremony of a child) etc.

The rituals of Shradh and Tarpanam are normally conducted in the presence of a priest, due to the lockdown you can perform it at home, tap here to learn how

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