PITRA DOSHA - Causes, Problems and Remedies:

We often find that in spite of our best efforts,we do not succeed in our efforts. We do our best and still are perplexed to find that there are unavoidable obstacles at the time of accomplishment of our work and as a result we are unable to reach our goal, in the last moment.

Though our deeds are good and we may have not committed any crime, our family members face one trouble or other and do not get rid of the problems. The belief makes us analyze what wrong we would have done in the past or present life and it is because of our Karmic debt or Pitra Dosha, the family members face unexpected hardships and difficulties which are inevitable, they are repeatedly affected by some of the inherited diseases, transferred from one generation to the other, like cystic fibrosis, Down Syndrome, mental Sub-normality, diabetes, asthma, most cancers, heart attack as a result of cardiovascular disease are the best examples of hereditary diseases.

Those who believe in rebirth can easily understand that this is because of the strong belief that the souls of our forefathers are not resting in peace and the evil deeds or sins, which they or we would have committed in previous birth or past, knowingly or by mistake, is a debt on us and needs to be cleared.

Problems due to Pitra Dosha : If quadrants(Kendra) or trinetrineDefinition: An arc of 120°.a most harmonious aspect....
houseshousesDefinition: These are twelve sections of zodiac circle having 360° numbered clockwise Ascendant is known as the first house and the last house is known as the twelfth house Each house represents specific traits used for prediction....
(Trikona) are posited with Shubh Grahas (benefics) in the individual’s astrological birth chart, the problems  are  minimized and there is no need to worry.

One may face any of the following problems due to the presence of Pitra Dosha in horoscope:

1. Obstacles in education and delay in growth of career or no improvement in financial situation of either self or children.

2. Delay in marriage of progeny or self, divorce or problems in married  life of self or children, which makes us think or analyze what wrong we would have done in the past or present life.

3. Problem in conceiving or repeated miscarriage.

4. Accidents or sudden deaths in the family.

5. Inherited diseases and prolonged illness to the family members.

6. Mental sub- normality in the  child.

7. Birth of physically disabled or unwanted child.

8. One or another trouble through children. Disrespect or humiliating behavior from progeny   to parents.

9. Disputes in the family.

10. Never ending poverty.

11. Addiction.

12. People always remain under debts and are unable to clear their debts despite of all their best efforts.

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Position of Planets in astrological Charts with Pitra Dosha:              

 Pitra Dosha is found, if the planetary positions in a person’s astrological birth chartbirth chartDefinition: A diagram showing exact position of planets in signs at time of birth of an individual prepared with the help of time, date and place of birth....
are as follows:

1. Sun is placed with RahuRahuDefinition: Dragon’s head, used in Indian Vedic astrology....
in 5th house.

2. Sun is placed with Rahu in 9th house.

3. Rahu is placed in 5th house.

4. Rahu is placed in 9th house.

Some astrologers believe that Pitra Dosha also occurs when:

1. Rahu is posited in 1st house (ascendant) or   

2. Rahu is posited in 2nd house with no auspicious affect of auspicious planet(Shubh Grah).

3. An individual may be under adverse effects of inauspicious Shrapit Yoga(dosha) if  Rahu is  placed with SaturnSaturnDefinition: Shani...
i.e., conjunctionconjunctionDefinition: Within 8 degrees of arc....
of Rahu and Saturn in 5th or 11th house or 5th house is afflictedafflictedDefinition: A planet having unfavorable aspect....
by Rahu and Saturn's aspect. There may be progeny related problems. 

If either the planetary aspect or placement of beneficbeneficDefinition: planets having natural beneficial and positive influences, opposite to malefic....
planets is present or individuals are blessed with powerful auspicious planetary combinations (yoga) in the astrological birth chart, the adverse effects of Shrapita Yoga will be nullified or minimized.

We have to detect which maleficmaleficDefinition: Unfavorable, opposite of benefic....
planet is forming Pitra Dosha through the individual's astrological birth chart, then only Pitra dosha Nivaran Puja should be performed to pacify that malefic planet in Pitra paksha, which generally comes in the month of September or October. The rituals should be performed with sincerity and full faith to remember and pay homage to our forefathers.

Also Read: Saturn-Shani ki Sade Sati

Auspicious Puja, Vrat and Mantra Jap for destroying the effects of past sinful deeds or Pitra Dosha

 Mantra Jap of Devi Kilaka Stotram:

One should perform following Shrapoddhar remedy. Recite Devi Kilaka Stotram from Durga Saptashati chapter kilakam, start reciting Kilakam Sloka in a dark fortnight(Krishna Paksha) from either a Krishna Paksha Ashtami (8th Tithi) or a Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi (14th Tithi) and offer any amount of money to Maa Bhagavati saying "Twadeeyam Dravyam Bhagwati Tubhyamev Samarpaye"  means I am offering your wealth to you only,Goddess Bhagwati.

Take back, consume this offered money as a blessing (Prasad) from Maa Bhagavati, use it for your daily expenses. This home remedy is a Kilaka Shrapoddhar process and it may cancel your Pitra Dosha and all your curses of past and present life. You can do this Mantra Jap during Navaratri Pujan or even daily.

You can perform Puja in the morning hours, before 12 noon or in the evening for better results. You can perform Puja rituals throughout the day starting from sunrise.

Devi Kilaka stotram from Durga Saptashati is as follows:-

॥अथ कीलकम्॥
ॐ अस्य श्रीकीलकमन्त्रस्य शिव ऋषिः, अनुष्टुप् छन्दः,
श्रीमहासरस्वती देवता, श्रीजगदम्बाप्रीत्यर्थं सप्तशतीपाठाङ्गत्वेन जपे विनियोगः।
ॐ नमश्‍चण्डिकायै॥
मार्कण्डेय उवाच
ॐ विशुद्धज्ञानदेहाय त्रिवेदीदिव्यचक्षुषे।
श्रेयःप्राप्तिनिमित्ताय नमः सोमार्धधारिणे॥१॥
सोऽपि क्षेममवाप्नोति सततं जाप्यतत्परः॥२॥
सिद्ध्यन्त्युच्चाटनादीनि वस्तूनि सकलान्यपि।
एतेन स्तुवतां देवी स्तोत्रमात्रेण सिद्ध्यति॥३॥
न मन्त्रो नौषधं तत्र न किञ्चिदपि विद्यते।
विना जाप्येन सिद्ध्येत सर्वमुच्चाटनादिकम्॥४॥
समग्राण्यपि सिद्ध्यन्ति लोकशङ्कामिमां हरः।
कृत्वा निमन्त्रयामास सर्वमेवमिदं शुभम्॥५॥
स्तोत्रं वै चण्डिकायास्तु तच्च गुप्तं चकार सः।
समाप्तिर्न च पुण्यस्य तां यथावन्नियन्त्रणाम्॥६॥
सोऽपि क्षेममवाप्नोति सर्वमेवं न संशयः।
कृष्णायां वा चतुर्दश्यामष्टम्यां वा समाहितः॥७॥
ददाति प्रतिगृह्णाति नान्यथैषा प्रसीदति।
इत्थंरुपेण कीलेन महादेवेन कीलितम्॥८॥
यो निष्कीलां विधायैनां नित्यं जपति संस्फुटम्।
स सिद्धः स गणः सोऽपि गन्धर्वो जायते नरः॥९॥
न चैवाप्यटतस्तस्य भयं क्वापीह जायते।
नापमृत्युवशं याति मृतो मोक्षमवाप्नुयात्॥१०॥
ज्ञात्वा प्रारभ्य कुर्वीत न कुर्वाणो विनश्यति।
ततो ज्ञात्वैव सम्पन्नमिदं प्रारभ्यते बुधैः॥११॥
सौभाग्यादि च यत्किञ्चिद् दृश्यते ललनाजने।
तत्सर्वं तत्प्रसादेन तेन जाप्यमिदं शुभम्॥१२॥
शनैस्तु जप्यमानेऽस्मिन् स्तोत्रे सम्पत्तिरुच्चकैः।
भवत्येव समग्रापि ततः प्रारभ्यमेव तत्॥१३॥
ऐश्‍वर्यं यत्प्रसादेन सौभाग्यारोग्यसम्पदः।
शत्रुहानिःपरो मोक्षः स्तूयते सा न किं जनैः॥१४॥

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Shravan Somvar and Mahashivratri for Pitra dosh remedies

Shravan 2017,the most auspicious month for devotion of Lord Shiva commences with Tithi Krishna Paksha Pratipada and Nakshatra Uttarashada on Monday,July 10,2017.There are five Mondays in this year's Shravan month Starting from Monday July 10, 2017 to August 7,2017.

Keeping fast (Vrat) and performing Shiv Puja (Rudrashtakam Stuti) on Mah shivratri which is on Friday,24th February, 2017, Shravan Amavasya which happens on Sunday,23rd August 2017 and on all the four/five Mondays of Shravan will help in regaining good health and one will be free from prolonged illness and ill effects of Pitra dosha.
Jupiter along with other planets will confer auspiciousness and divine blessings during Shravan as Jupiter has changed the sign from LeoLeoDefinition: Simha...
to Virgo,on August 11,2016,the inauspicious GuruGuruDefinition: Jupiter....
Chandal yoga will be no more.

 Lord Shiva Puja during this Shravan 2017 in the following five significant daily Yoga will help people in achieving success in higher studies, increase in income, prosperity, gain through business and promotion for those in job.This will also help in getting rid of prolonged illness.
1st Monday on July 10-   Sukarma Yoga,1st Shravan Somvar Vrat: good for will power and work.
2nd Monday on July 17- Vajra yoga, Shiva Chaturdashi Vrat: good for energy,strength and power.
3rd Monday on July 24-  Sadhya Yoga,Kalki Jayanti: good for achieving success good knowledge and wealth.
4th Monday on July 31-  Priti Yoga, Pradosh Vrat: good for delight or joy in life.

5th Monday on August 7- Ayushman Yoga, Shravan Purnima: good for longevity.

Simple Remedies:

  1) Plant a Banyan tree during the month Shravan.

  2) Offer Jal (holy water) and Belpatra to Shivalinga.

  3) Offer jal to a banyan tree.

  4) Donate Anna vastra (food and clothes) to needy persons.

  5) Respect elders and help old persons as much as you can.

  6) Keep fast and perform Shiv Puja on all Mondays during Shravan.

  7) Eat Satvik (pure vegetarian) food during the month Shravan.

 8) Chant Shri Rudrashtakam Stuti as follows:

Shri Rudrasṭakam
Namami shamishan nirvan roopam vibhum vyapakam Brahma veda swaroopam, nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam niriham chidakashmakash vasam bhajeham ||1||

Nirakar omkar mulam turiyam gira gyan gotitamisham girisham,karalam mahakal kalam kripalam gunagar sansar param natoaham ||2||

Tusharadri sankash gauram gabhiram, mano bhuta koti prabha shri shriram sphuranmauli kallolini charu ganga lasad bhal balendu kanthe bhujanga ||3 ||
Chalat kundalam bhru sunetram vishalam prasannananam nilkantham, dayalam mrigadhish charmambarm munḍa malam priyam Shankaram Sarvanatham bhajami ||4 ||
Prachandam prakrishtam pragalbham paresham, akhandam ajam bhanukotiprakasham trayaha shoola nirmoolanam shulapanim bhajeham bhavanipatim bhavagamyam ||5||
Kaalatita kalyan kalpantakari sada sajjananandadata purari, chidananda sandoha mohapahari prasida prasida prabho manmathari || 6 ||

Na yavat Umanath padaravindam bhajantiha loke pare va naranaam na tavat, sukham shanti santap nasham prasid prabho sarvabhootadhivasam ||7||

Na janami yogam japam naiva pujam natoaham sada sarvada Shambhuha tubhyam, jara janma duhkhaugh tatapyamanam prabho pahi apannamameesha Shambho || 8 ||

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Somvati Amavasya:

Somvati Mauni Amavasya is considered the most auspicious Amavasya among all the 12 Amavasya of the Hindu year. People chant Mantras, donate food (Anna) and cloth(Vastra) as Dakshina to Brahmins, food to cows and dogs after taking the holy dip in the river. Anyone takes a bath in the holy river, gets wealth, status, peace and success, impacts of the Pitra dosha and sinful deeds are nullified.

Ardhodaya Yoga (Amavasya) 2016:

 Ardhodaya Yoga is one of the most auspicious and significant event like Kumbha yoga for Hindus. This auspicious event takes place due to the coincidence only when stars and planets come to a certain position, on a certain Tithi and lunar month.On this year's Ardha kumbha,the auspicious Ardhodaya Yoga occurs on February 8, 2016, Monday, the combination will be as follows:

Tithi : Mauni and Somvati Amavasya( Snaan-daan, Shraddha),Var: Somvar(Monday), Maas (month): Magh, Moon sign: Makara, Nakshatra : Shravana, Ashubh Nitya yoga: Vyatipata, Shubh Yoga : Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga.

The duration of this yoga will be 7 hours 18 minutes, from 7:06 AM to 2:24 PM. This festive event has become more significant, taking place after 24 years, as Somvati Amavasya is also falling on the same day, it is believed to be equivalent to worshiping Koti Surya (Sun -God) and removes the ill effects of Pitra Dosha. This Yoga is considered more auspicious if occurs during the day time.

How to perform  Puja:

It is believed that water of all rivers turn into holy water (Jal) in the whole world as soon as this auspicious Ardhodaya Yoga occurs. Devotees observe fast (Vrata), take Sankalpa of donating bronze vessel (Kansya Patra-daan), take dip in holy river, worship Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma with holy water (Jal) and Kheer (milk, rice and sugar cooked together)in a bowl of bronze, end their fast after performing these rituals: Agni-homa, chanting Mantra, donating bronze vessel, food, clothes (Daan-Dakshina) bedding, money to Brahmans, poor and needy people, give fodder to cows, food to dogs and grains to birds. It is believed people who perform all these rituals, Snaan- daan and charity will be free from their sins (Pap-karma) and Pita dosha and achieve peace, wealth, prosperity, status, success, name and fame.

Puja, Vrat on Phalaharini Kalika /Jyeshtha Amavasya 

Fal harini Kalika Puja is also observed as Jyeshtha Amavasya or Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat and Puja, mostly observed by married women in west and north India.

Jyeshtha Amavasya 2017 begins on Thursday, June 8, 2016. Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat is also observed on the same tithi. Snan-daan Shraddha Amavasya is on the next day, i.e. Friday, 9th June till  (Snan-daan).People observe fast, take holy bath,worship Lord Shiva and Vishnu, perform Daan(do charity) on Jyeshtha Amavasya  to get rid of  Pitra Dosh(Pap-Karma). There will be Saturday(Shanichari Amavasya) and Sunday(Jyestha Shraddha Amavasya) two consecutive days for donation and charity (Daan). People offer lamp (Deepak)filled with mustard oil to Pipal tree(Ficus Religiosa)in the evening of Amavasya.

 It is believed that the auspicious Fal harini Kalika Puja(Vrat) which falls on 8th June 2017, this year, on Jyeshtha Amavasya according to the Bengali calendar is observed in Bengal and other eastern regions of India as Phalaharini -Kali devi or the Deity (Ma Kali) is destroying the bad effects of the past sinful deeds(Paap-karma) or Pitra Dosha of the human beings. 

Devotees worship Goddess Kali or Ma Kalika, keep fast, offer special puja(Shodashi) Bhoga and decorate Goddess Kali temples to please the Goddess Kali. Names of some of the famous Kali temples in West Bengal, people may visit are as follows:

Kalighat Kali temple,one of the 51 Shakti Peethas at Kalighat,Kolkata, Dakshineswar Kali temple on bank of River Hooghly, Kolkata and Ma Anandamayee Kali temple at Malancha, Rasulpur, District Bardhaman,West Bengal.

Read more in the article 'Auspicious and inauspicious Yoga or Dosha Period' under Vedic AstrologyAstrologyDefinition: The study of the influence of celestial bodies on earth....

 Puja Vrat on Kartik Purnima

Kartik Purnima is also known as Tripurari Purnima. As remedial measures, those suffering from Pitra Dosha may keep fast, worship Lord Vishnu, visit temple after Kartik-Snan or Manikarnika–Snan, chant Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram , light lamps (Deep) to celebrate Dev Deepavali, donate clothes and food to Brahmins and do charity to the needy people. This is also celebrated as Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti. Kartik Purnima festival occurs this year on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Maghi Purnima, festivals of India 2017 and remedies

Maghi Purnima is also known as Magha Purnima. As remedial measures, those suffering from Pitra Dosha for a long time may keep fast, worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva,visit temple after Snan(holy dip in the river)offer Belpatra and Panchamrit on Shivalinga, chant Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram, perform rituals like Yagya (Yajna), Sri Satya Narayan Vrat, Katha to celebrate Maghi Purnima. People should offer grains to birds, food to animals(cow, dog), donate clothes and food to Brahmins and poor persons, provide bedding and do charity to the needy people.

This is also celebrated as Maha Maghi festival and Magh Mela. Maghi Purnima 2016 festival occurs this year on Monday, February 10, 2017 in Magha Nakshatra along with the Snan-dan. This is an important auspicious Tithi for minimizing the ill-effects of our past sinful deeds and Pitra Dosha, Jal should be offered to our Pitra (Tarpan).

Mahashivratri Vrat and Rudrabhishek

 Observe fast on Falgun Krishna Paksha Trayodashi,well known as Maha shivratri(great night of  Shiva) to please Lord Shiva, visit temple after Snan or taking holy dip in the river, offer plum, flowers, bunches of three leaves of Bel patra and Panchamrit on Shivalinga in a Shiva temple. One should also chant Mantra 'Om Namah Shivay'  (ॐ नमःशिवाय !) to take blessings of Lord Shiva.

The famous  Maha shivaratri Vrat is observed in all over the world for celebrating the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, this Tithi falls on Monday, February 24, 2017, this year. Devotees worship Lord Shiva, visit Shiva temple in India, Nepal and other parts of the world. 

Baishakhi Purnima/ Buddha Purnima Snan-daan- remedy

Baishakh Shukla Purnima or Kurma Purnima tithi is observed on full moon day in the month of  Baishakh, based on lunar calendar, on May 10, 2017 this year. It is also known as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti as it is Lord Buddha' s birthday, observed all over the world by Buddhists.

Remedies: After bathing preferably in holy river water worship Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Lakshmi, donate water or  food( fruits, til and sweets) and clothes to needy persons.


(i)Om Hrim Shrim Lakshmi Vasudevay Namah!

(ii) Om Namah Shivay!

 Want to know Pitra Paksha starts from which date in 2016

 Shraddha or Tarpan, is a ritual to pay homage to our ancestors after their death.It is generally performed for the persons who died on the same Tithi in the past. Some Tithi during the Pitru Paksha Shraddha are also known for the Tarpan or Shraddha of some persons who are dead.

These Tithi are as follows:

Navami Shraddha(Avidhava Shraddh) or Matra Navami Shraddh is also performed for wife or Tarpan for mother.

Dwadashi Shraddha is also performed for Sanyasis.

Trayodashi Shraddha (known as Magha Shraddha) is also performed for the peace of the soul of the dead children.

Chaturdashi Shraddha is also performed for the persons who died unnatural or accidental death.

Sarva Pitru Shraddha or Moksha Shraddha is Performed for the persons(ancestors) who died on known or unknown Tithi.

Pitra Paksha Shraddha or Mahalaya Paksha Shraddha starts on Friday, 16th September, 2016 i.e. Bhadrapada Purnima for sixteen days duration and ends on 30th September,2016 (or October 1,2016 Matamah Shraddha),which is the Ashwin Pitra Moksha Amavasya ends at 3:56 AM on Saturday, 1st October. Last Shraddha is performed on the last date(Tithi) for Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shraddha, even if the date (Tithi) of the death of our forefathers is not known to us.

Dates of Shraddha Tithi from September 16 2016:

16.Friday.Purnima Shraddha.

17.Saturday.Pratipada Shraddha.

18.Sunday.Dwitiya Shraddha.

19.Monday.Tritiya Shraddha/Chaturthi Shraddha.

20.Tuesday.Maha Bharani Shraddha,Panchami Shraddha.

21.Wednesday.Shashthi Shraddha.

22.Thursday.Saptami Shraddha.

23.Friday.Ashtami Shraddha.

24.Saturday.Navami Shraddha,Avidhawa Navami/Matri Navami Shraddha.

25.Sunday.Dashami  Shraddha.

26.Monday.Ekadashi Shraddha.

27.Tuesday.Dwadashi Shraddha,Sanyasi Shraddha.

28.Wednesday.Trayodashi/Teras Shraddha,Magha Shraddha.

29.Thursday.Chaturdashi Shraddha(accidental death).

30.Friday.Ashwin Amavasya,Known unknown Tithi Shraddha(for all),Sarva Pitra Moksha Amavasya Shraddha. 

1.Oct. Saturday. Matamah Shraddha.

However, Pitra Dosha is a bad Dosha (malefic combination) in an astrological chart, there is no need to worry about. Those who are suffering from problems or different chronic troubles and believe in Pitra Dosha should follow the following simple remedies:

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DO's for Pitru Paksha Shraddha

1. Give food to crows, street dogs, cows, ants and fishes on all Amavasya and if possible daily.

2. Chant mantra

Chant following mantras for Pitra Dosha Nivaran, daily or on Amavasya:

i) Chant Gayatri mantra: Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam/ Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat, 108 times, regularly.

ii) Chant mantra: Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, 108 times or as advised by the learned astrologer, depending upon the planetary position in the individual's horoscopehoroscopeDefinition: synonym birth chart, prepared with date, time and place of birth of an individual....

iii) Sarva Pitra Dosh nivaran mantra.

3. Remember all forefathers on all the significant occasions at your home.

4. Do respect your mother, father and other elderly persons in the family.

5. Help the needy and old persons with food,clothes,medical treatment or money as much as you can.

6.  Donate food and Clothes (Anna-vastra daan) warm blanket and bedding to poor persons. It is believed that donation (daan) specially on the night of any Pushya Amavasya or on Sarva Pitru Amavasya in Ashwin month or on all Amavasya Tithi, lessens the gravity of the evil effects of Pitra Dosha.

7. Shraddha,Tarpana or Pind daan should be performed in the afternoon, facing south direction with prescribed rituals, using sesame, Barley, rice,  burning dhup , camphor and cow dung cake(upla)  and offering Jal (pure water) on Pitru Paksha Ashwin  Amavasya, as well as on the Tithi (day) of the death of our forefathers. Clothes, sweets, food and money should be donated to Brahmins. Food should also be given to crows, dogs, cows, ants and fishes.

8. Places for  Puja and rituals:

Worshipping and puja in Haridwar, Badrinath,Trimbakeshwar, Nashik or Gaya, through learned priests and performing other prescribed rituals may also be helpful  and will certainly give relief from problems. The other important places are Gangasagar, Jagannathpuri, Pushkar, Ujjain, Chitrakoot, Prayag-Triveni, Kashi Vishwanath, Rishikesh, Haridwar,Jabalpur, Bhimashankar temple (Maharashtra) Mahamaya Mandir at Ratanpur(Chhattisgarh), Kaithal (Haryana), Kasganj (U.P.)

DONT's for Pitru Paksha Shraddha

One is advised not to start anything significant. Any new activity should be postponed or avoided during Pitra Paksha, to remember and respect our ancestors. All marriage related activities, celebrating the birth of new born, joining of new job, starting a new venture, constructing a new house and purchasing of new property, ornaments, clothes, utensils should also be avoided. One should not wear new clothes or ornaments during Pitra Paksha. Even eating garlic, onion, non-vegetarian food or haircut should be avoided, especially on the last day, Mahalaya Amavasya or Sarva Pitru Amavasya.

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