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Can women do Pitru Tarpanam?

Yes, they are allowed to do. Garuḍa Purāṇam, Preta Kalpa Chapter Eight says (Source 1 and Source 2) गरुड उवाच - स्वामिन्कस्याधिकारोऽत्र सर्व एवौर्ध्वदेहिके । क्रियाः कतिविधाः प्रोक्ता ...
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How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?

Summary- Though the gross offerings remain here, the essence of these offerings is delivered to the departed ancestors. The ones who carry the offering to them are called the Pitr devatas and the ...
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What is the story of the origin of Sraadha ritual?

The same question has been asked by Yudhishthira to Bhishma in Mahabharata, Anushashana Parva, SECTION XCI. "Yudhishthira said, 'By whom was the Sraddha first conceived and at what time? What also ...
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Who are the Vishwedevas?

Vishvedevas are the son of Dharma and Visva. They have performed great austerities to please Lord Brahma and got the boon to get the share of food in Shraaddha. This is described in Vayu Purana, ...
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Can I please have a scriptural reference for Pitru Runa?

Yes, if you marry you need to grow your lineage. According to Shatapath Brahmana, there are four types of debt to everyone as: debt to Gods (Deva Rina), debt to Rishis (Rishi Rina), debt to Fathers (...
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Which places in India does the authentic "pitru vidhi" happen?

Which places in India does the authentic “pitru vidhi” happen? IMO, while this question can't have answers from the scriptures but the following can have: Which is the best place for doing pitru ...
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Can I do Pitru Paksha rituals while my parents are still alive?

If the father is alive even then the son is allowed to do the ancestral offering for his deceased grand father, great grand father etc.. I thought that this was not allowed but see the following ...
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Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy?

There are two categories of Pitṛs - the Manushya Pitṛs and the Deva Pitṛs. The Manushya Pitṛs are our ancestors departed to the other loka and the question of generations arises when we talk of them. ...
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How many days of humans are equivalent to 1 day of Pitris?

One day of Pitris (day + night) is equal to 30 days of Earth/humans. This chapter in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata states: Thirty days and nights are called a month, and twelve months are ...
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How can Karna, the son of a god, be associated with the origin of Pitri Paksh?

First of all, does that imply there were no Shraads performed before the Mahabharat times? Now, that can not be true. The ParAshara Smriti, for example, says that the Manu Smriti is the Smriti to ...
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Can adoption fullfill one's Pitru Rina?

Dattaka or adopted son is familiar term in all Dharmasutras and Smrti texts. But it seems to be mostly covered in Manusmriti and Vavsistha Dharmasutra. But first as per Manusmriti 9.182 Among ...
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Do the Devas and Pitrs like eating meat?

That the Pitris love eating meat is clear from the following Manu Smriti verses. They remain heavily satisfied specially when they are offered different kinds of meat. 3.267. The ancestors of ...
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Will we take birth as crows after death?

The ancestors roam around in the form of crows. Or another way to put it is ancestors come in the disguise of crows to accept the offerings. Quoting from Baudhayana Dharmasutras Praśna II, Adhyāya 8, ...
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Tarpana mantras and their literal meaning word by word

P.V.R Narasimha Rao uploaded PDFs in his website here which describe simple yet complete methods of doing Pitru Tarpana. You can download one such PDF from here (it is describing the process in short)....
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What is the objective of Shraddha for the departed?

The objective , Purpose and importance of Shradha is greatly discussed in Garuda Purana -– Preta Kanda – Chapter 10 –Discussion between Krishna and Garuda on Shradha. (श्रीकृष्णगरुड संवादे श्राद्धस्य ...
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Which places in India does the authentic "pitru vidhi" happen?

Gaya is believed to be an apt destination for performing shraadha for its supposedly purgation powers. The place has been mentioned in both Ramayan and Mahabharat as Gayapuri. Pind daan is performed ...
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What would be the authentic source for Śrāddha vidhi?

The Grihya Sutras do mention the rituals for all samskars but it is the Mahabharat that gives the original ritual that was performed for Shraadh ceremony. Mahabharat, Anushashan Parva, Section XCI ...
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What is Pitra Dosh?

This might provide some insights: Q: What is pitra dosh? Sri Sri: Pitra dosh is when a soul does not have good feelings for its sons or daughters. It has a solution called tarpan. Til (...
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How to find the lunar day for Pitru Paksha Shraddha?

There are many tools for that, for example: Navigate to https://www.drikpanchang.com/panchang/day-panchang.html => Enter city name => Enter Date This will give you Thithi of that date.
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Is there any significance of flying Eagle touching head?

From 2 answers mentioned in below thread, it appears to be a bad omen! So time to be careful! How do you know death is near for a person as per scriptures? Is there any reference? VAyu PurAna 5. ...
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Can I do Pitru Paksha rituals while my parents are still alive?

According to Vaidic scholars in my city, the one whose parents are still alive can not perform these rituals you are talking about. Let's see what you can do.... According to my Guru one should ...
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Do even Brahmin men have Pitri-Rina?

Manu Smriti 6.93. Those Brahmanas who thoroughly study the tenfold law, and after studying obey it, enter the highest state. 6.94. A twice-born man who, with collected mind, follows the tenfold law ...
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How is Aryama linked to the Pitrs, and how is his role different from Yama's?

aryaman means Sun. aryaman is singular in Accusative Case, and its plural in same Case is aryamAn. Aditi's children are the 12 names for Sun. Source: https://gaurav101.medium.com/aditi-and-the-%C4%...
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Where is Pitru Loka among the 14 lokas?

The verse in the question briefs about the Bila-auspicious planetary system (7 Bila-swarga from waist to feet of the Lord). Below which is Pitra Loka. Lord Vishnuji is sitting on the Shyam rang (Dark ...
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