Pitru Dosha – Cause and Remedies

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What is Pitru Dosha ?

The term “pitru” means Father, pitru dosha means a dosha which is caused due to neglecting of duties related to lineage of father. There is a great importance to performance of shodasha samskaras (16 samskaras) right from the birth to death in hindus. We do pitri tarpana on death tithi of our ancestors or on sarvapitri amavasya which comes once in a year before diwali. The world of pitras is said to be passing closely to the earth during those 15 days. Pitru dosha is said to manifest as a result of curse of our pitras due to negligence of our duties towards them. Sometimes curses of pitras causes unending and unknown miseries in life, a person suffers inspite of having a very good horoscope and the cause is unknown. Lord hanuman did not know about his great powers before he was blessed with “Shri Rama”, Hanuman as a child was very mischievous and used to bring obstacles in tapasya of rishis on the account of which he was cursed by them that he will forget all his powers and live like and ordinary mortal. Hanuman had forgotten his powers until the time lord rama revived his powers by lifting the curse. So it is clear from the above story that a curse can hide your potential or create unknown obstacles and blessing of god or saints can remove it.

 Causes of pitru dosha

Pitru dosha is caused when Sun is afflicted by ketu/Rahu, Affliction of 9th and 2nd house in a horoscope also causes pitru dosha. Presence of rahu in these house can mean the wrath of pitras on the account of negligence of duties towards them or it could also be on the account of some of their wishes left unfulfilled, unnatural death of ancestors, such souls do not get emancipation and they create troubles and obstacles in your life, sun saturn conjuction in 5th, 9th or 2nd also indicate such troubles.

Some of the common problems caused due to pitru dosha are as follows :-

  • Delay in manifestation of events in life. E.G Career, Marriage, Children.
  • Financial set-backs.
  • Health troubles.
  • Death of children in womb of mother, frequent miscarriages in a family.
  • Delay in marriage.

Rahu and ketu are the points in the heaven which cause eclipse to moon and sun respectively. The cause of sufferings caused by rahu and ketu cannot be detected, doctors find everything normal, yet the trouble is there. The sufferings caused by rahu and ketu are like them and cannot be detected but only experienced by the one who suffers, the reason is unknown. Pitru dosha creates same kind of miseries and sufferings the cause of which is unknown.

Remedies for Pitru Dosha


  • The best remedy is to perform after death rituals/pitru tarpana/shraddh of your ancestors every year on the tithi of their death.
  • Those who do not know about the tithi of the death of their ancestors can perform pitru tarpana during the 15 days of pitru paksh or kanagat or mahaylaya when the sun enters virgo. Those 15 days start from the commencment of krishna paksha and end on the new moon day (sarvapitri Avamasya).
  • Take blessings of your father and elderly people and apologize to your ancestors for any mistakes occured knowingly or unknowingly. Pryaschit or realization of your mistakes and apologizing for it is a big thing in itself.
  • Recitation of rama nama or guru charitra for liberation of ancestors does help to a great extent.
  • Donation of food and wate to the needy is the biggest remedy for anything, Our shastras regards donation of food as the biggest merit. Feed animals with food and water as it is possible that one of your ancestors has gone to pashu yoni and feeding such animals with food and water also satisfies their soul. Donation of something which your ancestor loved can also be a reason for liberation of their soul.
  • Worship of sun by oblations of water and recitation of surya mantra daily can help to strengthen your sun in the horoscope.
  • For remedies related to birth or children always workship lord dattatreya in addition to the above remedies.

Often it has been observed that pitru dosha can be a cause for downfall in the horoscope inspite of everything being alright, unforeseen miseries and problems crop up from nowhere and create obstacles in the path of success. Workship of your kuldevi(family diety) and performing of pitri tarpana along with donation of food and water helps in begetting prosperity or success.



  1. Sudha R says:

    Thank you, Ashish ji. Excellent list of remedies. I have always wondered what it means when Surya or Chandra are afflicted due to conjunction with Rahu or Kethu in a lady’s horoscope. Because the kula of a lady would change after marriage. Could you throw light on this?

    • admin says:

      Greetings Sudha ji,

      Yes, the kula of lady changes after marriage, but the dosha will affect life long as this is the curse of pasts births brought forward in the present birth and the results will be visible until the balance sheet tallies.

      The present janma karma, worship, tarpana etc will reduce or nullify the intensity as per the requirement.

      This concept can be connected to “Deferred revenue expenditure” in accounting terms, where you spend crores in advertisement in advance and keep writing off the expenditure each year till the total expenditure is exhausted.

      In accounting profit and loss statement carries the profits and losses of each year to the next financial year under the head of “opening balance” or “Balance brought forward” and “closing balance”, similarly bring the balance of sufferings and joys forward in each year, the results are experienced as per the dashas and transits and additions/subtractions to it is done as per the present birth karma.

      Ashish Desai.

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