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Re: [sv-rituals] Rules for doing Tarpanam

From: Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan (
Date: Mon Apr 08 2002 - 16:06:17 PDT

Dear Rohit:

>From the nature of your question it appears to me that you use the word 
"tarpanam", implying only the "pitru tarpanam".  This is not necessarily 

For example:  Everyone does "KeshavAdi tarpanam" during SandhyA, similarly 
kAnda rishi tarpanam is part of our nitya karmAnushtAnam.  According to some 
even the general pitru tarpanam can be done by all - as part of the snAnAnga 
tarpanam.  However, one must be guided by one's own family traditions.

The general rule is

kanishtA desi angushta moolAn agram karasyaya
PrajApatir pitru brahma dEva teerthAni anukramAt

Water should escape from:
the little finger for the Rishi teertham
the fore finger for the Pitru teertham
the thumb for the Brahma teertham and
finger-tips for the dEva teertham

I hope this clarifies.


Buffalo, NY

>From: Rohit Iyer <>
>Subject: [sv-rituals] Rules for doing Tarpanam
>Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 09:25:15 -0700 (PDT)
>Hi Bhaktas,
>My parents are still alive, therefore I don't do
>Sraddha or Tarpanam. But I read in the Manu smrti that
>Tarpanam is part of the Pancha Mahayajnas that every
>Brahmana must do.
>Therefore my question is - is it my duty to do
>Also should what is procedure for this?
>Rohit Iyer
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