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 is its essence? During the time when the world was peopled by only the descendants of Bhrigu and Angiras; who was the muni that established the Sraddha? What ...
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, Chapter 76.
दक्षस्य दुहिता ख्याता लोके विश्वेति नामतः।
विधिना सा तु धर्मज्ञ दत्ता धर्माय धर्मतः॥
तस्याः पुत्रा महात्मानो विश्वे देवा इति श्रुतिः॥ ३॥
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 (Pitri/Pitru Rina) and debt to Men (Manava/Manushya Rina).
To get free from Pitri Rina you should grow your lineage.
And further, inasmuch as he is bound to ...
Pitra dosh is a term related to astrology. A specific conjunction in the natal chart is termed as pitra dosh.
Generally if the ninth house (the house of fathers) of the natal
chart contains the malefics sun and rahu, then it creates pitra dosh.
Yes, it is said that this conjunction arises in the chart if the pitaras (deceased forefathers) are unhappy ...
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 related works (like pinda
The best is without doubt Gaya however there are many other places which are considered sacred pitru sthalas.
All the ...
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 be followed in Krita (or Satya) Yuga.
Krite tu mAnavA dharmAs tretAyAm gautamAh smritAhA | DwApare
shAnkhalikhitAh kalau parAshArah smritAhA ||
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 तृप्तिदत्वनिरूपणं).
In which Garuda asks Shree Krishna questions about Shradha , Importance of it , Why one should perform Shradha ceremony regularly at ...
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 brothers, born of the same father, if even one have a son, Manu has declared all of them to be ‘with son,’ through that son
So one need not go through the adoption ...
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 men are satisfied for one month with sesamum grains, rice, barley, masha beans, water, roots, and fruits, which
have been given according to the prescribed rule,...
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 mentions the original ritual to have been performed that began the practice of Shraadh:
"Bhishma said, 'Listen to me, O ruler of men (Yuddhishthira), as I ...
Shraddha karma and other karmas like sandhyavandanam etc are described in
Ghriya Sutras -: The sutras for domestic ritiuals
Ghriya Sutras are decided according to your vedic shakha if you are a dwija.
Following is the Description of Various Ghriya Sutras and the Vedas from which they are derived.
Ashoksundari is Viraja. They're different names of the same goddess. She is also known as Rakkayi Amman, Jyoti, Kumari.
She us the daughter of Shiva. She is said to be a "mental" daughter because she was born out of Parvati mata's forehead in the form of Jyoti while she sat under the Ashokvriksh and meditated for a daughter. Her name is also thus ...
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 with the use of wheat and oat flour and mud balls. There are about 48 places currently in Gaya where pind daan is performed.
If you are old and hungry, will you be satisfied if you son goes to 3 or 5 different astrologers and does pujas, maybe once every 5 years? Or will you be satisfied if they give you a little bit of food with affection once a day ?
For pitrus, their one day is a fortnight for us (shukla paksha). Their one night is another fortnight for us (krishna paksha). ...
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).
First we have to do the Sankalpam like this:
om adya çubha dine çubha muhürte devarñipitåprétyarthaà
devarñipitåtarpaëam yathäçakti kariñye|
on this ...
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?
5. He whose feet crack either in the front or the back, or becomes dust or marshy, lives only for seven months (I have backfoot cracks for several years)
6. If ...
That is not the meaning of what Bhishma said.
From Satapatha Brahmana:
atma vai putra-namasi
Son is called Atma.
How can Man be same as Son when there are 2 distinct jiva-atmas ?
Now, we have to dig into what the word 'Atma' means.
I can't find reference, but heard in upanyasam, it means:
That which attains what it wants
Now, we can see why ...
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 verse 3.220:
Manu Smriti 3.220. But if the (sacrificer’s) father is living, he must offer (the cakes) to three remoter (ancestors); or he may also
feed his ...
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 read Bhagvad Geeta's seventh chapter every day in Pitru Paksha and offer it's Punya to his ancestors by praying so. Also one should chant 1 mala of the Mantra ओम ...
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 (sesame
seeds) is offered to symbolize that all the things that are going on
in the mind of the departed soul is small like it. So when the parents
die, the ...
I think it's Garuda Maha Puraanam.
Which has 315 units not just 19 units of pretha kalpa. I couldn't find any other better source of Hindu knowledge which is related to jeevathama's travel after the death and explanation of Yamaloka and Pitru devatha knowledge, and the rites during after the death of a man, explanation of different narakas than this. Infact ...