Pitru Paksha 2020
Fortnight of Departed Ancestors
'Pitru' refers to our forefathers or departed ancestors.
According to vedic understanding we are soul connected with 7 generations,
before and after. When an ancestor incurs some big karma (transgression
of natural law) it can be passed down to their children and grand children
and so on down the line. This is evidenced in the horoscope of their descendants
by a condition known as "Pitru Dosha": Rahu/Ketu's associating
with luminaries (sun/moon); also Kala Sarpa yoga (all planets to one side
of the Rahu/Ketu axis).
means that the ancestor's karma is expressing itself through the life
and circumstances of their descendants. The sins of the father (or mother)
are visited on the children, grand children, great grand children and
so on... This ancestral karma manifests in different ways. Without the
application of proper remedy it is a life long condition limiting the
person's success in important fields of endeavor.
For instance health, relationships (marriage), children, career, education,
accumulation of wealth, long term hopes and aspirations: things we observe
in people's lives as growing and taking on a life of their own - these
can be a constant struggle and can fail for no apparent reason at the
most unlikely times.
In this way Pitru Dosha and Kala Sarpa yoga can act like a glass ceiling
limiting or frustrating our success in life.
Also remedies such as medicines or yagya may have only short term effects
and little lasting benefit. Benefits fail to translate into material
circumstance of the person's life.
Trayambakeshwar Jyotir Lingam in Nasik, Maharashtra is one
of the 12 principal seats of Lord
in India. Out of thousands of Shiva temples these 12 'Jyotir' or Self
effulgent Lingams (lit from within) occupy a class of their own as the
greatest, most celebrated & most powerful centres of Shiva's energy
in the world. The lingams (murthis or idols) in these temples are all
'swambhu' or self created - not man made. Some hold Trayambakeshwar
to be the first Jyotir Lingam. It is one of the 5 amrit sthanams or
most sacred places in India; Kumbha Mela is held here. It is also mentioned
in the Vedic literature. Yagyas
and pujas have been performed here for thousands of years. More important,
the experience of Lord Shiva's presence or darshan in these temples
is unparalleled. For this reason millions of devotees come from far
and wide each year to bathe in that experience of wholeness and peace
which surpasses the understanding. And as a result of the presence of
Lord Shiva at these Jyotir Lingams, yagyas performed here deliver profound
of Trayambakeshwar with surrounding mountains
2020 September 2-17 marks Pitru Paksha - fortnight of departed ancestors.
The dark half of the lunar month of Bhadrapada is the traditional time of
year to perform shraddha or offering to the departed ancestors. It
is the best time of year to run Pitru Santhi and Kala Sarpa Santhi
(remedies for Pitru Dosha and Kala Sarpa Yoga).
Pitru Shanthi yagya runs 12 Days - $556
Tripindi Shraddha can happen on day 1 through day 4 depending on which day is most auspicious (best muhurtha)
01: - Narayan Bali
Day 02: - Naag Bali
Day 03: - Shiva Puja
Day 04: - Kala Sarpa (1 day program) + Navagraha (9 Planets) Puja + Surya (Sun) Japa (Repetition of Sun Mantras)
Day 05: - Chandra/Moon Japa (Repetition of Chandra Mantras)
Day 06: - Mangala/Mars Japa (Repetition of Mangala Mantras)
Day 07: - Budha/Mercury Japa (Repetition of Budha Mantras)
Day 08: - Guru/Jupiter Japa (Repetition of Guru Mantras)
Day 09: - Shukra/Venus Japa (Repetition of Shukra Mantras)
Day 10: - Shani/Saturn Japa (Repetition of Shani Mantras)
Day 11: - Rahu Japa (Repetition of Rahu Mantras)
Day 12: - Ketu Japa (Repetition of Ketu Mantras)
is said full benefits will accrue 40 days after completion of the program.
To date it has been our experience this can take up to 2 or 3 months.
It is fair to say that after 6 months you will look back and hopefully
recognize this time as a turning point in your life. Testimonials
Kala Sarpa Shanthi
Dosha refers to a condition in the horoscope in which all planets (or
all planets bar 1) occupy one side of the Rahu/Ketu axis. This dosha most
often manifests in primary areas of life: relationships (marriage), health
(mental & physical), career, education, accumulation of wealth, long
term hopes and aspirations: things we observe in other people's lives
as growing and taking on a life of their own - these can be a constant
struggle and can fail for no apparent reason at the most unlikely times.
In spite of talent and hard work, the person does not achieve success.
To remove this Dosha, KalasarpaRahu and nine snakes are worshipped and
a havan or sacrificial fire is performed at Trayambakeshwar.
to vedic understanding we are soul connected with 7 generations, before
The main aim of Narayanbali yagya is to fulfill the unrequited desires
of our ancestors thus freeing them to move forward on their path of evolution.
It is not possible to fulfill every single wish of the deceased. Some
strong desires follow the jiva or individual soul even after death. In
this condition, the soul keeps wandering on the earth. In Vedic esoteric
philosophy it is held that soul is part of the Sun. It gets naturally
attracted to the sun after death of the human body in the same way as
water is attracted to the sea. But the unfulfilled desires and wishes
force the soul to remain here in the earthly realm. The soul or jiva suffers
a great deal in this condition. In order to free itself from suffering
the trapped soul creates material problems in the lives of its descendents.
To free himself or herself, the descendant may seek the help of doctors,
healers or any kind of counselor. But due to the severity of this karma,
standard remedies will not deliver the desired result. Dissatisfied with
these attempts the person may seek the help of an astrologer. The positions
of the planets in the horoscope reveal the Pitru Dosha or blemish of the
In view of this, we can say that the aim of Narayanbali yagya is to fulfill
all unfulfilled wishes and desires of Jivatma or the individuated soul.
This fulfills or destroys (depending on your perspective) the unrequited
desires of the erstwhile trapped and suffering soul. When the desires
are gone, the soul becomes lighter and travels in upward direction. The
Jivatma or soul of the ancestor blesses the one who has enabled it to
ritual of solemnly worshipping the Pitris or departed ancestors in order
to satisfy them is called Shraaddha. This yagya is performed with the
right materials, at the right place and at the right time (muhurtha)
and according to dictates laid down in the vedic shaastra.
This ritual has been traditionally performed according to vedic shaastras
at Trayambakeshwar Jyotir Lingam for thousands of years. References
to Trayambakeshwar Jyotir Lingam may be found in the vedic literature
(India’s great philosophical/religious texts).
Narayanbali is performed in cases such as childlessness, hardships in
life, poverty, incurable disease or when one is afflicted by evil spirits,
bad death, accidents or curses from previous birth. To free oneself
from all above difficulties with certainty, Narayanbali is the primary
ritual prescribed by the Vedic shastra.
yagya is to be performed along with Narayanbali. Shaunaka rishi has described
this ritual in the following way. A person who has collected a lot of
wealth during their lifetime and cannot give up the desire for wealth
even after death, guards his wealth after death in the form of a snake.
This soul incarnated as snake does not allow any one else to enjoy his
wealth. Such a snake if killed curses the beneficiaries of its wealth
in the current or subsequent births. The beneficiaries of the wealth may
remain childless or suffer chronic disease. To get rid of disease and
to have children one should perform Naagbali yagya.
philosophy holds it is necessary to perform Shraddha or traditional worship
of the ancestors around the time of their death. If one fails to perform
these rites of passage on behalf of their ancestors for a period of three
years then the departed ancestors can suffer and in turn their suffering
manifests in the lives of their descendents.
To free oneself from this curse or from material troubles it is necessary
to perform Tripindi yagya. The intention or sankalpa of this yagya is
to increase material well being (artha). After its proper performance,
material prosperity will slowly increase. Marriage difficulties also dissolve,
there is success in profession and peace in the house. Brahma, Vishnu
and Shiva are the devatas associated with this yagya.