Kaal-Sarpa Dosham & Pitru-Dosham (Anniversaries of Ancestors)

Anniversaries of Ancestors

Ancestors is a Hindu term of reference used for those higher up in your family lineage, and with special emphasis on those who have passed away from this world.

Ancestors have a special place in the life of ordinary mortals. When they pass over from this world to the other, they acquire special powers, and they also have a special urge to watch over their descendants. If we harness ourselves to these powers, our life on earth can be fairly easier than what it normally is.

In Pune, I am having the occasion to have some insightful discussions on philosophy, religion and other-worldly things with an elder of mine; actually the elder brother of my father-in-law whom we all address as Tauji.

Tauji is a lot different from my father-in-law; he encourages talks and discussions; he is open to views and counter-views; he believes in sharing wisdom and knowledge like a true elder; and he appreciates information from any source and especially those seeking it. Tauji having spent 8 long and illustrious decades in this world already has his own brand of traditionalism and conservatism. He believes in the concept of a family tree and how the tree must expand with male progeny etc. But that apart, Tauji is an immense storehouse of information.

In a post-dinner nightly discussion with Tauji, he spoke a lot about the lineage of his family; our family tree; pitru-dosham, sarpa-dosham (both of which are reflected in horoscopes of descendants); and the significance of anniversaries of ancestors. The points of discussion which caught my attention were:- 

  1. The combination of certain planetary placements in a horoscope can result in pitru-dosham.
  2. Pitru-dosham can be determined by studying the placements of Sun, Moon, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu and the 2nd and 9th houses in a horoscopes.
  3. Especially Rahu, Ketu and Saturn will be the prime indicators of pitru-dosham in a horoscope.
  4. Pitru-dosham occurs or results if an ancestor has either died unsatisfied and angry – and nothing has been done to appease the soul of that ancestor, or if…
  5. An ancestor has committed acts or deeds of crime, and has died without having had a chance to rectify his mistakes, and that burden or debt falls on his descendants, and they do nothing to rectify his misdeeds.
  6. More often, in most horoscopes, it is the former rather than latter; many ancestors die with a feeling of having been cheated and wronged rather than having wronged someone themselves. To get a fair idea of this, it is important to study the nature and life of the deceased ancestor.
  7. Since Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are the prime indicators of pitru-dosham; and since Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are also the prime indicators of sarpa-dosham, it is seems somewhat destined and coincidental that both pitru-dosham and sarpa-dosham appear together in a horoscope.
  8. Sarpa-dosham is vaguely termed as curses of snakes which reflect in horoscopes. This is slightly too simplistic. Sarpa-dosham is a reflection of abnormalities in genes or chromosomes. The shape of our DNA is like 2 snakes coiled together. Any abnormality in our DNA is an abnormality in our chromosomes, and this is reflected in our horoscope at birth. All poojas and rituals directed at removing Sarpa-dosham are rituals are meant to alter the bio-magnetic energies of our auric field, thus rectifying our DNA, removing the defect in our chromosomes and cleansing the energy fields.
  9. Pitru-dosham and sarpa-dosham are often linked and have been noticed to appear together in a horoscope, probably because the constant anger of ancestors from heavens seems to have some effect on the auric field of the descendants; and this may be causing disturbances in the bio-magnetic energies of our DNA and chromosomes.

But coming back to what interested me: Ancestors’ anniversaries:- 

  1. The anniversaries of ancestors are dates that can be used to harness our energies to our ancestors; connect with them in a positive way; ask forgiveness; and take remedial actions to pacify the causes of their anger.
  2. Doing this will effectively clear out the clutter in the lives of those lower down the order than us; and pave the way for a happier, healthier lineage.
  3. For eg. if an act of ours has hurt our ancestors; or if we may have done something important without their blessings, then we can re-do this act once again, correctly, on their death anniversary after offering appropriate poojas, and this time around seeking their blessings and forgiveness.
  4. For eg. if we have married against their wishes (which Tauji says is usually one of the foremost causes of anger in ancestors because marriage implies further lineage, and this was very important to older ancestors) – then, we can re-celebrate the occasion of our marriage on the death anniversary of an angry ancestor, but this time explicitly seeking their blessings.
  5. Same remedy can be replicated for other smaller acts which may have led to differences; the examples given by Tauji are many, but too long to pen in a single sitting.
  6. Tauji says the results are almost instantaneous. He gives his own example. Tauji married a sindhi lady by way of love marriage and created quite a scandal in his times. His father broke all ties with him. When Tauji bought his own small place in Benaras after marriage, his father never graced his home. Soon after his father passed away. Tauji says the house never brought him luck. Then some years back, he moved from Benaras to Pune and bought another small house here; this time Tauji did a small house-warming on the anniversary of his father’s death; he did the required pooja in the morning and in the evening he initiated a dinner gathering for all near and dear ones. He acknowledged that he was doing this to seek the blessings of his later father. Tauji says the house has proved extremely lucky for him; he feels he has made peace with his father; things happen more easily now; and there is lot more peace and prosperity than before. That’s just an example but I think the reader would have got the point.

Maybe more when I’m back home in Bombay.

5/10/2012 5:45:58 PM


6 thoughts on “Kaal-Sarpa Dosham & Pitru-Dosham (Anniversaries of Ancestors)

  1. sir pranam
    Really valuable information about Ancestors. Thanks for reminding us about our duties.
    one more request is can u give me any good astrologer contact details. Please

  2. Hi but if one is born with pitch Disha in horoscope it means the ancestors from previous birth are unhappy but how will he know the names of those and will this birth ancestors include in laws also?

    • To the best of my information, pitru dosham reflects the happiness & unhappiness of the pitrus in the lineage that you are born into, in your present birth – and not the pitrus you left behind in a previous birth.

  3. As per the nature law….after the death, soul again takes re-birth, dies, again take birth…this is a never ending process till the soul attains salvation…my question is…if our elder dies, their soul has to take birth into a new life…then where will be these ansentors soul to invite them, appease them….I am sorry It is just out of my curiosity….

    • That’s a very good question. From my understanding, this is the answer:

      1. The time frame of Pitrulok and Earth is very different. On a rough scale, our 1 year = their 1 day. Rebirth happens acc to their time, so it will be many long earth years before they take birth. They stay in heaven for a while (to review old lives, script new lives etc.) before they are reborn. Often our ancestors are present in heaven to receive us when we arrive. So by that information they are available to accept out pitrupaksh invites.

      2. We offer pitru offerings only to last 3 generations of ancestors. Beyond that the thread breaks. So we can presume the older ancestors have taken rebirth and hence not available to accept our invites.

      3. Hypothetically presuming that all ancestors have taken quick rebirth – even then, performing pitru paksh puja will help them because past energies will still remain connected. So your good feelings and good wishes will help strengthen their present new life.

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