About The Shradh Paksha
Pitru Paksha, also referred to as Mahalay, is a period of fifteen days. It is the time marked to devote or to offer respect to the deceased souls of loved ones and ancestors of the family. These fifteen days are called the "Pitru Paksha", or most commonly known as the "Shraddha (श्राद्ध) or Shradh" days. They are also known by the name of "Kanagat." The dark half of Ashwina (September-October) is observed as Pitru Paksha throughout the Hindu religion.
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.
When Sun and Saturn are in the same house, or having Drishti (affecting each other), it is also considered as Pitru Dosh. Saturn also represents our ancestors. If Saturn is afflicting Moon then predict that Pitru Dosh is from maternal side, while if Saturn is afflicting Sun, then predict that the Pitru Dosh is from paternal side. For this to happen, the 5th lord/house should also be afflicted. Astrological combinations and calculations are used to precisely find out the exact problem and related solution of Pitru Dosh. Such astrological calculations are good, but they are far more complex and hard to understand for a common man. Then how a common man can identify if he is under the bad influences of Pitru Dosh? Well, there are some signs and methods given in the ancient texts, which help a person in identifying Pitru Dosh.
The Legend Behind Shradh Paskah
As per the legend, when the warrior King Karna died during the Mahabharata War and his spirit ascended to heaven, he was offered meals of jewels and gold to eat instead of food. Realizing that he couldn’t sustain himself on these items, he addressed the mighty Lord of heaven, Indra, and asked him why he wasn’t being offered real food. Lord Indra then told him that it was because he gave these items as donations his entire life but never donated food to his ancestors. When Karna further mentioned that he wasn’t aware of the same, Indra agreed to let him return to Earth for a period of fifteen days in order to make amends and donate food in the memory of his ancestors. Thus, this period of time came to be known as Pitru Paksha.
Following are the most important signs to identify the existence of Pitru Dosh.
1. Children are falling sick repeatedly.
2. The couple has problem in conceiving the child, i.e. problem in getting pregnant..
3. Repeated miscarriages.
4. Only a girl child is being conceived repeatedly.
5. Quarrels among family members without any reasonable reason.
6.The person’s educational and career growth is obstructed.
7. Disruption in educational and career growth and success.
8. The family doesn’t grow and faces many problems repeatedly.
9. The family faces spirit like and black magic like effects repeatedly.
10. Those who are physically and mentally handicapped may have such affliction