Pitra Santi is a Hindu ritual performed to appease the ancestors and seek their blessings. It is believed that by performing Pitra Santi, one can seek forgiveness for any mistakes made and seek the ancestors’ blessings for a better life.
The ritual involves offering prayers and performing various rituals such as the recitation of mantras, lighting of lamps, and making offerings of food and other items to the ancestors. It is usually performed during specific Hindu festivals such as Shraddha, which is dedicated to the ancestors.
Benefits of doing Pitra Santi
- Ancestral blessings: The ritual is performed to appease the ancestors and seek their blessings for a better life, peace, happiness, and prosperity.
- Overcoming obstacles: The ancestors’ blessings are believed to help overcome obstacles in life and bring positive energy.
- Positive relationship with ancestors: Pitra Santi helps maintain a positive relationship with the ancestors, ensuring that their blessings continue to flow into the family.
- Spiritual purification: The ritual is seen as a way to purify the soul and attain spiritual growth and enlightenment.
- Atonement: Pitra Santi is a way to seek forgiveness for any mistakes made and seek the ancestors’ blessings for a better life.
- Fulfillment of religious duties: Pitra Santi is considered as one of the important sacraments (Sanskara) in Hinduism and performing it is considered as fulfilling one’s religious duties.