Sankalpa,according to Hinduism,is Right Determination. Any act,auspicious or otherwise is to be preceded by Sankalpa. While Abhivadana Mantra is Geotagging the individual,Sankalpa is Event specific,where the Time of the occasion,location where it is performed is pinpointed. Year,Season,Month,Thithi(phases of the Moon),Nakshatra(Star),Day,the Gotra,the founder of the Family are mentioned. I am providing the Sankalpa for Amavasya . … Continue reading Mahalaya Amavasya Amavasya Sankalpam Text With Seasons Thithis
I have posted a few articles on Sraddha,Rites for the departed , including text of Mantras ans Mahalaya Paksha Procedure. I shall be posting a series of articles in detail on various aspects of Sraddha. Here are the types of Sraddha to be performed. They are one hundred sixteen in number. Sraddha the ceremony performed for the ancestors is of different types. Stricly speaking Sraddha has to be performed daily. Definition of Sraddha. देशे काले च पात्रे च श्रद्धया विधिना च यत् । पितृनुद्दिश्य विप्रेभ्यो दत्तं श्राद्धमुदाहृत् ।। - ब्रह्मपुराण
Mahalaya Paksha is called the Pitru Paksha where the ancestors are remembered and offered the Tharpana. One of legends for the Pitru Paksha is as follows. After Karna was slain in the Mahabharata War, he ascended to heavens, Swarga. There he was offered god and Silver every day but never Food. He asked Indra, the chief of Devas for the reason. Indra informed him that though Karna had given away whatever he had to those who had asked him, he never donated Food. And if Karna were to get food in Swarga, he has to donate Food.
I have received requests for Tamil Text of Tharpana Mantras to enable one to follow the Mantras. I am posting these Mantrs. I will be posting the meanings shortly. While on the subject I am asked to provide Tamil Tharpana Procedure as set by Agsthya. These are different from Apasthamba Sutra Tharpana in Sanskrit. I am in the process of collating the information and shall post as soon as my information is authenticated and complete.
I have posted the on the importance of performing Tarpana((Oblation to Ancestors)- Mahalaya Amavasya. Some more posts are on Sandhya Vandhana in two parts and one audio. The Tharpana Mantras with basic instructions are given below.