Pitra Dosh is one among the important concepts in Indian Astrology. However, it is often mistaken as the curse of ancestors. But, that is not true. As they say, half knowledge is dangerous, it is important for you to have a detailed information about ‘Pitru Dosh’. Ganesha explains:
A Pitra Dosh is not the curse of ancestors or forefathers. It is a Karmic Debt of the ancestors, and is to be paid by the person having Pitru Dosh in his horoscope. In simple words, a Pitru Dosh is formed in the horoscope of a person, when his/her forefathers have committed some mistakes, crimes or sins. So in return, this person is supposed to pay the Karmic debt by going through different punishments decided for those debts in different spheres of his life. He has to go through this until the debt is cleared either by taking the punishment or by doing good deeds.
Astrology has a perfect explanation to this problem. When, knowingly or unknowingly, our ancestors committed mistakes or sins, it is reflected in our horoscope as Pitru Dosh or Pitru Rina. Being their children, we are destined to suffer from the ill-effects. Because of the malefic effects of the inflicted planets, benefic planets also stop giving favourable results.
Whenever Pitru Dosh is found in the native’s birth chart, besides regular remedies, one should offer food to crows, street dogs and sweepers during ‘Shradhas’ (the lunar paksha dedicated to the forefathers).
In Vedic Astrology, offerings for Rahu and Ketu are given to alleviate the Pitru Dosh - if the curses of forefathers found in the natal chart in the form of close afflictions of Rahu and Ketu / or aspects on functional benefics / or continuance of malefic planets dasha periods.
Services to parents, elderly and needy people, sweeper and poor people is recommended.
Prefer propitiatory charities for crows, street dogs & sweepers respectively. Crows in mythological literature represent forefathers. Ketu represents spiritual people.