Shraddha – An opportunity to repay debt to our ancestors

shradhha_600 Bharatiya culture says that, just as we serve our parents and close relatives when they are alive as part of abiding by ourDharma, we have certain duties unto them after their death. The shraddha rites provide us with an excellent opportunity to fulfil these duties and repay our debts unto the pitars (ancestors). The shraddha rites are necessary so that the journey after death of our parents, who have taken our utmost care during our childhood, becomes comfortable and without any distress, and that they acquire sadgati (Momentum for moving to the next higher region). If shraddha is not performed, the desires of the pitars (Deceased ancestors) remain unfulfilled. Negative energies make easy victims of such desire-riddled pitars and then, enslave them. In all likelihood, they then use them to cause distress to their own family members. By performing shraddha, we get relieved from the distress caused by the pitars, and our life on earth becomes comfortable. If shraddha is performed on a particular day, tithi (Date as per the Hindu lunar almanac) and as per the position of the lunar asterisms, then, apart from the duty unto the pitars getting fulfilled, some specific benefit can also be obtained.

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