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Saints, sages, and other experts have always stressed the importance of Amavasya tharpanam. In simple terms, tharpanam usually means offering something to one’s ancestral beings so as to satisfy them. Many believe that tharpanam is as important as any other worship procedure. Tharpanam which is carried out on the day of Amavasya is known as Amavasya tharpanam.
Things needed for Amavasya Tharpanam
- A mat to sit on made of darbha grass. A wooden plank or clean cloth made of natural fibers.
- A clean plate made of wood, copper, brass, or silver. Glass and steel should not be used.
- Clean water in a glass of wood, copper, brass or silver. You may also keep some water in an extra bowl.
- Sesame seeds. Use black sesame seeds if you are male and white sesame seeds if you are female.
- Darbha grass.
- Pavitram made of darbha grass to be worn on the ring finger of the right hand.
Procedure to Offer Amavasya Tharpanam
- Light at least two oil or ghee lamps.
- Sit on a mat facing east.
- Pray to lord Ganesha followed by lord Sun. Lord Sun is considered to be the lord of ancestral beings.
- Place the plate in front of you and arrange the Tharpanam grid. The first three blocks of the grid should be offered to paternal male ancestors. The next three should be provided to paternal female ancestors. Blocks seven to nine should be offered to maternal male ancestors. The last three blocks should be provided to maternal female ancestors.
- Place strips of darbha grass in each block of the grid.
- From the bottom of your heart, request pitru ancestral beings to be present in the tharpanam grid and accept your humble offerings.
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