Shradh is an important ritual as per the Hindu tradition. It is performed as a Puja
to salvation aka atma shanti of departed ancestors (paternal as well as maternal).
It is an act of tribute and respect, devotion towards ancestors.
Performing this puja for ancestors will bring good fortune to their descendants
and thereby receiving positive energies for progress. The descendant also receives
blessings from the pitra/forefathers to help him materially. This can greatly help
the individual to progress spiritually as the material obstacles or problems are
eradicated. This puja is very powerful and effects on health and curing serious
diseases. This is being done for getting recovery from chronic diseases and other
body aliments. Those who are invariably suffering from any aliments shall get this
puja done for early recovery. This puja is specifically suitable for Success in
Business or Career , Protection from Evils and Enemies.
‘Trup’ means satisfying others. The word ‘Tarpan’ has been formed from
the root word ‘Trup’. Offering water to God, Sages, ancestors’ soul and human beings
and satisfying them through it is called tarpan.
Posture of hand while offering Tarpana
The posture of hand while offering Tarpana varies for offerings made to devas (Gods, Goddesses and Navagrahas), rishis (sages) and pitrus (departed ancestors).
(a) For devas, the offering is made to flow over the four fingers of the right hand other than the thumb.
(b) For rishis, the offering is made to flow on the area of the left side of the right palm between the wrist and the little finger.
(c) For the pitrus, the offering is made to flow over the right side of the right palm and the thumb of the right hand.
for offering Tarpana
It is believed that one’s pitrus will be eagerly awaiting for
tarpana on all the above-mentioned occasions. If no offering is made, they will
return to their places disappointed, and the descendant misses their blessings which
he would have received, if he had performed his filial duties.