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Right to Rites

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For the benefit of Members or for those who do not know:
Shastraas have given right to the following 35 persons in order of priority to perform the last rites:
1.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Puthra: Eldest of the sons. In case of twins, the second born is the eldest. In case, the man had married more than one wife, the eldest son of all the sons thro’ all the wives). In case, the son is born after the adoption of a child (biological child) becomes the eldest.
2.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Powthra: Son’s son (grand son).
3.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Prapowthran: Great Grand Son.
4.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Datta: son by birth and given off in adoption.
5.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Datta Puthran: son of the above son.
6.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Dhanahari Dowhitra: Daughter’s, inheriting the property.
7.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Dhanagrahanaabhaavepi dowhitra: Daughter’s son without inheriting the property.
8.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Patni: Wife
9.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Jyeshtrabhraatha: Elder brother.
10.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]In case of ladies: Sapatni puthra – son of different mother.
11.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Bhartha: Husband.
12.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Puthri: Daughter
13.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Bratha: brother.
14.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Brathru Puthra : son of brothers
15.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Pithruvya Puthra: Son of paternal uncle.
16.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Pithruvya Puthrasya puthra: Grandson of paternal uncles.
17.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Pitha: Father
18.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Matha: Mother
19.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Snusha: Daughter-in-law
20.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Powthri: grand daughter’s son
21.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Dowhitri : great daughter of daughter.
22.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Powthrusyapatni: wife of grand son
23.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Powthrusyaputhri: daughter of grand son
24.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Dattasyapatni: wife of adopted son
25.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Bhagini: younger of elder sister
26.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Bhagineya : son of sister
27.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Sapindah: one from same lineage within 7 paternal generations.
28.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Samanodaka: One from same lineage beyond 7 paternal generations.
29.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT] Mathruspinda – one from mother’s lineage (gothram )within 7 generations.
30.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Mathrusamanodaka: one from mother’s lineage beyond 7 generations.
31.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Sagotra: Any person of the same gotra of the deceased.
32.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Shishya: Disciple or student
33.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Jamatha: Son-in-law
34.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Sakha: Friend
35.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Dhanhaari: The person who inherits the wealth of the deceased
36.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]If none is available, anybody can be asked to do giving him a share of the wealth. Or a Brahmin can be asked to do it with gifts and Dhaanam. Lastly, the government can be asked to do it. -Courtesy Dom.Samoohavani. Please consult and verify with elders.
Seems like it covers all exigencies, while preserving the prominence (domination?) of the male progenies.

Surprising that there is no mention of the second or other sons. Traditionally in case the eldest son is not able to do it, it is performed by one of the sons in accordance with their seniority.
Thank you, Sri. Iyyarooraan. Could you give the source of this?

You have stated

8.Patni: Wife
9.Jyeshtrabhraatha: Elder brother.
10.In case of ladies: Sapatni puthra – son of different mother.
11.Bhartha: Husband.
12.Puthri: Daughter

Our sasthirigal in general deny the right of Patni and Putri to perform the last rites.
The Samooha VAhini which published this does not give the source. There is a name appended below in the page "Nannilam Rajagopala Ganapaadigal". I am not sure it is from him. Anyway, I will try to find out and share with you when I can. Anyway, it seems to be authentic. As for the query of second or subsequent sons, the seniority will give the right in case where the eldest son is unable or does want to perform.
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