Importance of Pithru Tharpana

published on July 21, 2010

May I request you all, to chant this mantra  and offer  little flower, water and a sincere devoted prayer on 21st  July  for your forefathers who   gave you your body and life. They gave you the opportunity to come to this world   and enjoy.  Wherever you are, which ever part of the world you are chant this mantra  and  silently pray for a minimum  five minutes

Manthra and its meaning for the pithru tharpana to be held on 21st July, during Karkitaka vavu/new moon day (karkitaka amaavasy)

Aabrahmano ye pitru vamsa jaathaa maathu thaththaa vamsa bhavaa madeeyaa:

Vamsa dwayesmin mama daasa bhootha  bruthyaa thathiva aasritha sevakaascha

Mithraani sakhya pasavascha vruskshaa  drushttaascha adrushtaascha kruthopakaara

Janmaanthare ye mama sangathaascha thebhya  swayam pinda balim dadaami

Maathru vamsey mruthaaayescha pithruvamse thathaiva cha

Guru swasura bandhoonaam  ye chaanye  baandhvaa mruthaa

Ye may kule luptha pindaa putra daara vivarjitha

Kriyaa lopa hathaaschaiva jaathyanthaa pankavasthathaa

Viroopaa aamagarbhaascha jnaathaa ajnaathaa kule mama

Bhoomou datthena balinaa thrupthaayaanthu paraam gathim

Atheetha kula koteenaam saptha dweepa nivaaseenaam

Praaneenaam udakam dattham akshayyam upthishtathu



Meaning of the above manthra

In this world those who were borne in the clan of my father and mother

And all those who are  related to me directly or indirectly

Those who were my servants  for the last two janmas

All those who  served  and helped me  and depended on me

All those who were my friends and associates

All those plants and animals whom I depended for my life

All those who supported me directly or indirectly

All those who associated with me for the past many janmas

For all of them I myself offer this panda, flower and water and prayer

For all those who passed away from the kula of my  mother

And also from the kula of my father, gurus, relatives  and in laws

For all those who were not fortunate to receive the panda in the past

For all those who suffered without the support of wife/husband and children

For all those who could not do good to others  due to many reasons

For all those who were borne, lived and died  in poverty

For all those who were ugly  and also who died prematurely

For all those who died in the womb of mother without seeing the world

For all known and unknown  relatives of  mine lived   and died

For them too I offer this prayer , pinda , water   and gingely with tulasi

I offer all these on this earth  for making them immortal and happy in their own world

For all those who were living   and for all the living  creatures and living beings

Existed /lived  on the seven continents for many million years

I offer this pinda and water  for  the happiness of their soul to rest in peace

Let them   be happy  in their own world  blessing the  world

Let me offer once again a drop of water  to you Oh ! my forefathers !


Inform your friends , relatives and all those who are connected with you to come and experience    doing the pithru smarana  in the spiritual research centre of Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage, Mazhuvanchery Mahadeva Temple, at Mazhuvanchery, near Kechery, in the Highway side   to Trissur- Guruvayoor/Kunnamkulam  on 09 AUGUST 2010  from 6.00 am to  11.30 am ( each batch 35 minutes)

 I myself ( Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan ) will be leading  this  pithru karma  by explaining the meaning and messages of  each part of the  aachara. If not possible to come to this place, we shall send you the brochure  which explains the ritual.  Perform the ritual wherever you are  with your family , friends and devotees  or yourself.  

Pre registration or pre information is not needed, you can come to the temple after taking bath from your home)

Let this  be performed in all temples, churches and mosques too at least in India, because  remembering our forefathers  is the mission of all  religion.


 If possible previous  day (August 8th) eat only little food / wheat based food as vratham for doing pithrukarma on 9th August 2010

Where ever deergham is to be used in pronunciation, the vowels are used twice here. Read the Sanskrit line few times  so that  correct pronunciation will  automatically come. Any mistake occurred while doing do not worry, be sincere and do with all concentration. Let someone read it for you when you perform the karma, which will be better

Purpose of doing pithrukarma

Indian culture and civilization is  the only  one, which survived for the last not less than 10,000 years and it is due exclusively to the family relation, and social bondage we maintained during this period. Pithru karma is not merely for the parents it is for one and alls who has associated with us in this janma and past many janmas and also those who are connected with us directly indirectly. What we offer to our forefathers and  all those who were responsible for our existence to on this earth cannot be  explained  but merely physical words. ( as you know we  remember many heroes, including Krishna, Jesus, Prophet , and  conduct many ritual on their birth day and  anniversary, not thinking that they are seeing all these and taking our offerings, but it is our homage to them  as they are responsible in many ways for us  in getting a  useful experience in our life.

The abstract of the rituals is enclosed as requested many people perform the way possible without violating the rules of  the country where you are working.

All that is needed a little thulasi, karuka  (durva) , darbha/ kusa (mermooda grass) , a glass water with spoon, chandan/ sandal wood paste, gingely /sesame / ellu, little cooked rice and  non cooked rice..

Procedure: Put a little  raw rice in the glass of water and pray

“gange cha yamune chaiva godaavari saraswati narmade sindhu kaaveri jalesmin sannidhim
kuru “
(I perform the pinda karma using the water of seven  holy river of bhaarath)

Take little water in your right hand and spray on the ground  where you are sitting and make a circular mandala   and put the darbha keeping the pointed ends towards south and north chanting this mantra, spared about ten pieces of 10 cms long darbha on the mandala

Ayodhya madhura maaya kaasi kaaanchi avanthika puri dwaaraavati chaiva saptha ethey moksha daayaka I

I perform this pithru tharpanam  remembering seven holy cities of Bhaarath)

Take  a small quantity  of gingely, tulasi, durva grass , hold in both hands, lift the hands a little high as though you are doing aavaahanam  and  pray as follows after the  mantra put the materials in the bottom corner of the dharbha put in the mandala


Vasu rudra aaditya swaroopaan, mama  vamsa thraya  ubhaya kula pitroon, dhyaayaami , aavaahayaami,  asmin koorcha mole sthaapayaami, poojayaami


 (where ever deergham is to be pronounced, in the mantra  there double vowels are given).

Now  you have invited (aavaahanam done) your three generations of forefathers with gingely and tulasi and have told them to be on the darbha and you have to do the pooja as follows

Chant  repeatedly Om Namo Naaraayanaaya ( If you are a Christian or Muslim chant which ever you feel god)  and offer three times,  first water, then tulasi, then chandan /sandal wood paste, then water   and silently pray for  five second .

Now we have to invite  our  great grand forefathers  known as aadi puthrus  who were  there beyond the three generations back.  Chant the following mantra  and hold  tulasi, gingely, durva/karuka with chandan and water  a few drops in your hand, split the materials   into  two and hold in two hand and raise your hands above the shoulder level as you are inviting the great rant forefathers from the sky.

Aadiputhrubhyo nama aadi pithroon, dhyaayaaami avaahayami asmin koorcha madhye  sthaapayaami poojayaami

“ place the material together in the middle of the dharba , kept on the mandala.

Repeat the pooja as mentioned above chanting Om Namo Narayanaaya  repeatedly and offer three times each  water, chandan, tulasi, rice and again thrice water.

(Now  two levels of  forefathers and ancestors and   invited for receiving our offering on the  dharbha / kusa grass.)

Take two thirds of the cooked rice in your hand and make it a  ppinda in spherical shape chanting this mantra

Devathaabhya pithrubhyascha mahaa yogeebhya eva cha

Nama swadhaayai swaahaayay  Nithyameva namo nama:


Tilodakam cha pindam cha pithroonaam parithushtaye

Samarpayaami bhakthya praarthayaami praseeda may


Put the pinda with  reverence on the center of the  darbha .

Now the pooja for the pinda (pinda pooja is performed)

Chant as mentioned above  Om Namo Naaraayanaaya  repeatedly and slowly offer three times bit water in drops, flowers,  gingly, chandan, as many white flowers as possible if available and then  again thrice water drops.

Aabrahmano ye pithru vamsa jaathaa maathu thathaa vamsa bhava madheeya till the end continue the mantra

At the end of the mantra   take the remaining part of the cooked rice mix with few drops of water and  put around the pinda and pray for a minute or so remembering the face of your mother/father /forefathers whomsoever you can remember.

After the prayer  once more give a little water  chanting the mantra

avasaaneeya arghyamidam

Now pithru tharpanam. For each tharpanam   give few drops of water with your right palm taking the spoon of water in the left hand .  Let someone chant this and you only repeat.

Tharpanam to the natural divine forces and energy (once)

Agni thrupyathu                         devaa:  trupyanthu        

vedaa: thrupytanthu                  Siddhaa: thrupyanthu

Rushaya: thrupyathu                     saadhyaa: thrupyanthu

Gaava: thrupyanthu                   naagaa: thrupyanthu      

gayathri thrupyathu                     vyaahruthaya  thrupyathu

vashatkaara thrupyathu                     anthareeksham  thrupyathu

ahoratraani  thrupyanthu                   samudra: thrupyathu

nadhya: thrupyanthu                   giraya; thrupyathu

parvathaa: thrupyathu

 Where plural comes  thrupyaNthu  for singular thrupyathu)

Tharpanam to our gurus (twice)

Sâatharchina thrupyathu thrupyathu

Gruthsamadha thrupyathu thrupyathu

Vasishta thrupyathu thrupyathu

Vyaasa thrupyathu thrupyathu

Sanaka thrupyathu thrupyathu

Sanaanthana thrupyathu thrupyathu

Sanalkumaara thrupyathu thrupyathu

Kapila thrupyathu thrupyathu

Bharadwaaja thrupyathu thrupyathu

Athri thrupyathu thrupyathu

Aathreya thrupyathu thrupyathu

Tharpanam to our  great achaaryaas (three times)

Sumanthu-jaimini-vaisampaayana- paila “soothrakaara ““ bhaashyakaara “ “ramaayana “ “mahabhaaratha €“ dharmachaaryaa: thrupyanthu thrupyanthu thrupyanthu (in one line)

Jaananthi “ bhaahavi- gargya – gouthama -bhabravya- maandavya “ maandukeya  thrupyanthu thrupyathu thrupynathu (in one line)

 Kaholam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Kousheethakeem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Aithareyam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Mahaithareyam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Sounakam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Saakalam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Bhaashkalam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Saankhyaayanam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Aaswalaayanam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Bhouddhayanam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Aapasthambam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Pingalam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Yaaskam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

Ye cha anye aachaaryaa: tey sarvey thrupyanthu thrupyathu thrupyanthu

To our parents and relatives ( if and only if they are no more /if they have passed away – offer this tharpana carefully)

Pitharam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (father)

Pithaamaham tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami  (grand father)

Pithruprapithaamaham tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (great grand father)

Pithaamaheem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (grand mother paternal mother )

Prapithamaheem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (great grand paternal mother)

Maatharam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (mother)

Maathamaham tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (grand maternal father)

Maathrupithaamaham tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (great grand maternal father)

Mathamaheem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami ( great material mother)

Mathru pithaamaheem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (great grand maternal mother)


Putru brathram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (father’s brother)

That patneem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (his wife)

That puthram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (his children)

Pithru bhagineem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (father’s sister)

That bharthaaram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (her husband)

That putram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (her children)

Maathulam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (mother’s brother)

Thath patneem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (his wife)

Tah putram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (His children)

Maathru bhagineem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (mother’s sister)

That bharthaaram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (her husband)

That  putram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (her children)


Aathma patneem / aathma bharthaaram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

 (own wife /husband)

Aathma braatharam tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (own brother)

Tath patneem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (his wife)

Tath putram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (his children)

Aathma bhagineem tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (own sister)

That bharthaaram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (brother in law)

That putram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami (his children)

Aathma putram tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami  (own children)


Jnaatha ajnaatha ubhaya kula vamsa dwaya pithroon

tharpayaami tharpayaami tharpayaami

All those who got birth in my clan / kula, who remain known or unknown to all of them

Once this tharpanam is over, take the pinda in your right hand and put back  chanting a line idam pindam gayaarpitho asthu (let this pinda be offered to Gaya)

The last prayer

Kaayena vaacha manasaa indriyairvaa budhyaatmanaa vaa prakrutey swabhaavaa karo yadhyath sakalam parasmai naaraayanaayeti samarpayaami

Offer a flower to god  and  take a bit of gingely from where the pinda  was kept and put it to the glass of water and pray “ swargam gaccha swa


Never violate the  rules of the country where you work.  

(Ph. 04885-240236 / 04885-272749 /09446361149 /09447097407 /09447081070 / 9847310663 / [email protected]

(Address :  Director, National Heritage Centre, Mazhuvanchery, Near Kechery,

Trissur 680 501 )

Kindly spread the message to one and all  

SPECIAL INFORMATION  :1.  All the arrangements are being made for the successful conducting of Karkitaka vaavu pithru smarana on   9th August in Mazhuvanchery Mahadeva Temle, of IISH with accommodation facility for  August 8th evening.  Those who would like  to involve in the programs as volunteers may kindly contact. And those who cannot attend the program can conduct the  havans by sending the names and nakshatra of their father/ mother / husband /wife for whom such the pitru karma is held

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