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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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Which scripture says that a sannyāsi can liberate 21 generations of ancestors without performing the śrāddha?

The book Dharma Bindu(Essence of all Dharma Shastras) quotes Daksha Prajapati,in the context of discussing "Sannyasa Dharma": Dakshan Prajapati affirms: Trimshatparaamstrim shadaparaan ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No. It doesn't support cow sacrifice though cow sacrifice is allowed during Yagnas. Bibek Debroy's translation of BORI critical edition is critical edition of Mahabharta. You can read Anushasana ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No, this is the wrong information given by Zakir naik. But I would like to thank him to read the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata or I want to give him a suggestion that he should read properly and ...
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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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What do Scriptures say about doing Puja/Archanas in "Mleccha Deshas"?

In my opinion, I don't think scriptures talks about the exact location of Mleccha Desha. Different people talks about it differently. Like in Kishkindha Kanda, Ramayana: तत्र म्लेच्छान् पुलिन्दान् च ...
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Shraddha performance by host (himself)

Shraddha can be performed even by a Shudra too. In fact, as per the Smritis, it is one of the only two religious rites, that he is allowed to perform. So, it does not require the performer to be only ...
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What scriptures say about sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths?

For a person who has committed suicide no Shraddha should be performed. Manu Smriti 5.89. Libations of water shall not be offered to those who (neglect the prescribed rites and may be said to) ...
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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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What are the expected rituals to perform during Sorha Sraddha(सोह्र श्राद्ध)?

I wasn't sure if the Sorha Shraadh is the same as the regular Shraadh but I came across a nepali website stating the same so am going to elaborate more on the regular Shraadh rituals. The Mahabharat, ...
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What scriptures say about sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths?

The Ekoddishta Shraddha of those who have faced unnatural deaths like accidents and suicide must be performed on the 14th tithi of Pitr paksha. As per the Brahmanda Purana Upodghāta-pāda, Chapter 17: ...
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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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Why do we offer to 3 generation during Sraddha ceremony?

It is so because, god Brahmā himself has ordained so. Chapter 216 - Origin of Śrāddha, Tīrtha-māhātmya, Skanda-Purāṇa Brahmā said: The term Havya or Kavya was used in the Tretā Yuga. It will be used ...
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Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a bhokta at annual Shraddha?

As per Southern Recension of Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Chapter 87, त्रीणि श्राद्धे पवित्राणि दौहित्रः कुतपस्तिलाः॥ 1-87-29 The rough English translation of this would be Three things are considered ...
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Pitru Tarpan for childless parents or with children not following Sanatan Dharma

In case of childless couples or of parents whose children are uninterested, they must get the Jeeva Śrāddha (their own antyeshti) done and perform as much donation as possible. The same has been ...
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Is it true that after offering Gaya Shraddha, the annual Shraddha ceremony need not be done any more?

Radhe Radhe, I have heard from my Pujya Gurudev Maharaj and Brahmins that doing Gaya shraddha is something one must do for one's ancestor, but it does not end annual shraddha. Here is a statement by ...
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Do scriptures prescribe what dues must be paid to the dead?

Mahabharat, Anushashan Parva, Section XCI mentions the original ritual that began the practice of Shraadh: "Bhishma said, 'Listen to me, O ruler of men (Yuddhishthira), as I tell thee how the ...
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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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Can the bad effects of not performing Shradhha Paksha be avoided through Hari Nama?

From Om Viṣṇupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami: According to the rules and regulations of fruitive activities, there is a need to offer periodical food and water to the forefathers of the family. This ...
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Is it true that after offering Gaya Shraddha, the annual Shraddha ceremony need not be done any more?

जीवतो वाक्यकरणात् प्रत्यब्दम् भूरिभोजनात् गयायाम् पिण्डदानात् च त्रिभिः पुत्रस्य पुत्रता The three acts by which a son earns his 'son-ness' Obediance when the parents are alive Feeding well every ...
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Pitru Tarpan for childless parents or with children not following Sanatan Dharma

Archit is right Alive Shraddha is also done, in south india , specially in maharashtra-tryambekshwar and bihar, haridwar also. Wherever there is Divine River (Ganga Yamuna Godavari...), it can be done ...
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Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a bhokta at annual Shraddha?

Yes, allowed. See some relevant verses from the Manu Smriti: 3.146. If one of these three dines, duly honoured, at a funeral sacrifice, the ancestors of him (who gives the feast), as far as the ...
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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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Can husband teach wife forcefully?

Bhagvad gita 18:67 This is never to be spoken by you to one who is devoid of austerity, nor to one who is not devoted, nor to one who does not do service, nor to one who speaks ill of me. Commentary ...
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A couple without a son (in any form) is never freed from the Pitṛ Ṛṇa and becomes a preta?

There are other factors that can affect moksha a)Bhishma Pitamaha’s moksha:Discussed in this answer Pitr rna did not hinder Bhishma’s moksha. b)Jaratkaru: Refer this for the full incident In the ...
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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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Is there a shrAddha ceremony as per agama? (if any)

There is a process of pitru shrAddha as per the tantra. But it is a restricted process hence not known open to general public but only the initiates or dikshitas. kaulashrAddha is the annual ceremony ...
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