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Anthyesti anthim karyams



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dear gopalan sir,

i have a question. I have varying views on this. As i am doing shiva panchayatana puja, i want to know the correct rule.
My father who is no more, has pleny of aged cousins (my father's periyappa's sons). A new of death from one from that family is very regular.

Yesterday my father's periyappa's son's wife passed away. My question is
1. Does this come under the 7 generations rule?
2. Do i have to observe 10 days theettu or 3 days theettu
3. Can i do amavasai tharpanam during the theettu period?

Really appreciate if you can clarify my doubts
ravi sundaram
you are having 10 days theetu.during theetu period tharpanam should not be done.


THEETU =UNCLEAN (IMPURITY) Unclean is of two kinds. One unclean state is when a child is born to our relatives. This is called VRIDHI in sanskrit.

The second is when some one dies the''unclean'' state which develop on the relatives. This is called 'KSHAYAM' in sanskrit. . Generally for both it is called aasowcham in sanskrit.

Vridhi means increase and kshayam means decrease. When consulting a priest in case of child birth one should ask ' How many days vridhi is devolved on me and my family and not asowcham is devolved on us.

Our beliefs on the 'unclean' and 'clean 'states are based on the functioning of various microcopic organisms not visible to our eyes. This is akin to the aroma of as flower spreading to the surroundings , even though one cannot see the 'aroma' thru eyes.

Likewise all living beings transmit their aura to their surroundings and this is also confirmed by Ayurveda system of treatment. The 'unclean' state devolving on one person also get spread to others due to body contact, breath,eating together and sleeping together. and similar reasons.

one should not consider these things as superstitions. One should not also seek for scintific proof for all these assertions , but follow with reverance and enjoy the benefits bestowed on us by divine Beings. One must also remember that our "maharishis' are realised beings, who have transcended the physical, will only say what is beneficial to human beings.

Our sastras indicate that the observance of theetu for the deceased will satisfy the deceased's jeevan and will enable it to get a good status in the astral plane.
When maternal uncle's wife passes away, how many days theetu to be observed

S. Venkatesan

New member
In the ekothita sratham prepare two agnis. homa agni in north. to the right side of this pinda prathaana medai. to the right side brahmin sthanathil prathista agni.. think that this is pitha facing west. to the west of this aasanam, paadhyam, argyam,aachamanam; thilothagam etc. should be given there.

praachinavithi, first start with brahmana sthana agni and do prathistai; Imagine that agni as west faced pretha roopa pitha, give aasanam, krisaram. thamboolam. oil to take oil bath; snanam;aachamanam; anugai; aasanam; sangalpam; varanam; agni prathistai; paristharanam. north to agni havis paathra sadanam, prokshani samskaraml south argya grahanam. aavahanam; padha prakshalanam; varanam; argya saadhanam; vasthra upacharam;agni pariseshnam; ahha homam; punar parishechanam; brahmana bojanam; thruthi prasnam; thilothga dhaanam; dakshina dhanam, brahmana visarjanam, pindsa dhanam; snanam; punyaham.

Masi sratha kramam: anugai. no dhoopam/ deepam,no namaha sabdham; no swadha sabtham, sangalpam. thithi vara star yoga karana dosha nivrithi charity,brahmin sthanam to the west of agni; aavaahanam;argyam; in the north of brahmin sthaana agni sopread ellu and place dharbhai facing south. thilothaga paathram vaikkavum.

make one pavithram with one dharbhai and place it facing the nuni to south direction in the ellu water brass sombu. chant manthram while pouring water in the brass sombu, remove pavithram and drop some black till on it. argya prathanam: in the west of brahmin sthaana agni in a brass vessal add some water put the another vessal on it by using uthirini take water from argya paathram and give it to brahmin as argyam.no pariseshanam; pour ellu water on the havis.no namaskaram.

then facing south payasannam mixed with ellu and ghee using pithru theertha murai do homam for 32 times with homa manthram.after this pretha pithaha annampaaneeyam, thrupthosi, amrutha pitha namasi, hastha padha prakshalanam; achamya, pour water near agni. dakshinai; thaamboolam; brahmana visarjanam give one darbai say vaje vaje manthram.

In the south side of homa agni pinda prathanam. then dakshinai; pindam and other cooked rice used for pinda pradhanam should be thrown in the river or sea. Tenth day prabotha bali cooked rice and savary on those days it was given to the barbers. now a days barber shop wala are not taking this. so it must be thrown in the river or in the sea.

Then take a bath and do punyahavachanam.

to be continued
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