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April 2, 2015

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What is Pitra Dosha and how can we check pitra dosha in a horoscope?

Karmic astrology says, most of the people are born in the same family lines with same friends and same enemies in so many of their lives until their Karmic debts, duties and rewards are all cleared from that particular group of people or group of Souls. So Pitra Dosha is a Karmic Debt of the ancestors which the person having Pitra Dosh in his horoscope is supposed to pay.

It is formed in the horoscope of a person due to bad Karmas or bad deeds done by the Ancestors of that person and this person is supposed to pay that Karmic debt by suffering the punishments decided for those debts in different spheres of his life until the debt is cleared either by punishment or by the good deeds done by the person having Pitra Dosh in his horoscope. Theory of Karmic debt say as we inherit material benefits of our parents and ancestors similarly, the good or bad things earned, owned and owed by the parents or forefathers are passed on to the children of the family.

An Ancestor suitable for the punishment of the Karmic debt of a family according to the bad Karmas done by him in his previous lives, is sent on earth to pay those debts and bear the punishments. And as this person does good or bad deeds in his present life, it contributes to the negative or positive


Vedic Astrology explains the Pitra’s as our ancestors and Pitra Dosha occurs when the soul of our ancestors and departed forefathers does not get peace. There are reasons given in our ancient text about the reasons of pitra Dosha :

1. Bad deeds/karma of our ancestors in earlier life, knowingly or unknowingly, embarrassing their souls,
2. Bad deeds/bad karma of children, knowingly or unknowingly, embarrassing the soul of ancestors,
3. Lack of fulfillments of parental desires of our ancestors.
4. A sudden and unnatural death of any relative ancestors in early age.
5. If someone fails to remember and honour the ancestors properly.
6. If certain wishes are remained attached with the soul of the ancestors, etc.

Pitru Dosh occurs if any ancestors up to the 7th generation on the father’s side and up to the 4th generation on the mother’s side have expired at an early age or have had an unnatural death. Curses of forefathers can cause serious health problems which may become so complicated that medical practitioners may fail to diagnose the disease and medicine prescribed may become totally ineffective.

Symptoms like abnormal behavior, uncontrollable anger, inflicting fatal injuries to others, depression, suicidal tendencies, uncontrollable pain persisting even after medication; rashes in body parts without any visible cause, nausea may have some relationship with such curses. In addition to the medical problems mentioned above, the "Pitra dosha" can cause some more problems like:-

a) Childlessness
b) Repeated miscarriages
c) Family disputes
d) Health issues in the family
e) Obstacles in career and education without any apparent reason
f) Inability to get married
g) Addictions
h) Birth of mentally challenged children
i) Demise of children at young age

Pitras are equivalent to Gods. As our body has come into existence because of our ancestors, pitra dosha nivaran is considered to be a very important duty of a person. If the pitras are satisfied and happy with our shraddha (actions offered with shraddha) they can bring joy and clear our path to success in all spheres. There are many rituals of pitra Dosha nivaran. Success is almost not possible if one has pitra dosh in ones life.

How to identify Pitra Dosha in a Horoscope:

The effect of Pitru Dosh can also be found using the Vedic Astrology. According to Vedic Astrology, Pitru Dosh occurs when Sun and Moon is afflicted with Rahu and Ketu. It also has a direct connection with Hindu Mythology.

9th house in a horoscope is called house of dharma, father. When 9 th house is under influence of malefic planets, this shows the lack of fulfillment of paternal desire. when 9th house, 9th lord, 9th house from the moon or the lord of 9th from the moon is under influence of rahu and ketu this indicates Pitra Dosh. Such natives are affected by disruption of education, employment, progress. Those who are physically and mentally handicapped have such affliction. In your chart both the 9th house and 9th lord is under influence of rahu-ketu. This is definitely Pitra dosh.


Remedies for Pitra dosha

  • Perform SHRADDH. Shraddh is the ritual and ceremony performed for the departed souls of our ancestors. According to ancient texts, the Shraddh is performed during dark fortnight ( Krishna Paksh ) in the month of Ashwin ( September n October ) which reaches to the ancestors immediately and their souls will rest in peace. On the last day of the fortnight, i.e. Amavasya oblations are offered to all those dead ancestors whose Tithi ( Date according to Hindu Calendar) of death is not known.
  • NARAYAN BALI PUJA is one of the most effective remedy for Pitra Dosha. This puja is performed only at few prescribed places such as (1) Tryambakeshwar in Nasik, (2) Chandod near Dabhoi near Vadodara in Gujarat, (3) Kala Hasti in Tamil Nadu and (4) Haridwar.
  • On any Somwati Amavasya (when the Amavasya falls on Monday), go to Pipal tree. Offer one janeu to the tree and second janeu to Lord Vishnu. Then do 108 Parikrama of tree. While doing Parikrama, chant the mantra Om Namo Bhaagvate Vaasudevaay and offer a sweet to the tree with each Parikrama. After finishing the Parikrama, again pray to the Pipal tree and Lord Vishnu and ask forgiveness.
  • Feed crows and fish with ricemixed with gee and made into balls on every Saturday.
  • One should take a vow to provide unconditional services to parents and elders. This helps in getting the grace of ancestors.
  • Good behavior and charity to needy persons is necessary. Good behavior to persons who are in our service is also necessary. Both of these are recommended for removing the "pitra dosha"
  • Worshipping Lord Vishnu is recommended because all the souls ultimately merge into the great entity of Lord Vishnu. This merger is called "mukti".
  • Worship of any "Samarth Sadguru" like "Shri Sai Nath of Shirdi" will also be helpful because Sadguru's are like beacon lights who guide us towards the great divinity of the Almighty.



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