I received the the following query from a reader on Pitru Tharpana.
I have replied them in the chart below.
My information is based on Late. Sri.Anna Subrahmanya Iyer book Yajur Veda Sandhya Vandanam,available at RK Mutt book stores and at Railway stations.
What I am certain is that these deaths bring in Pitru Dosha and Pariharas are necessary.
The Days inauspicious for Death fall under three categories.
Relating to the Nakshatras, Stars.
Rohini, Dhanishta, Satabhisham, Purvabhadra, Revathi, Mrugasira, Punarvasu, Uttara, Chitra, Visakha, Uttarashada, and Magha.
Thithis, Waxing and Waning of the Moon.
Padyami, Vidiya, Shashti, Ashtami, Ekadasi, Dwadasi, Trayodasi, Chaturdasi and Amavasya.
Though the body ceases to exist, the remnants of actions performed, Desired do not cease even after death.
The thoughts remain as energy once created can not be destroyed and Thoughts and Thought processes are Energy.
They have to be expended.
Till such time the Subtle body remains.
The Subtle Body is called as Sukshma Sareera.
The majority held belief is that women should not perform Sandhyavandana and death Rites.
I differ from this view.
When somebody tells me that they are going through a rough patch due to circumstance beyond their control, I tell them first to be sure that they are performing Sraddha for their ancestors regularly and whether they are following the Sumngali Prarathana done in their Homes.
As for as I know these are the prima facie reasons fo misfortune before we try doing any parihara
I have some articles on the subject.
Such is the seriousness of Pitrudosha that it can nullify the effects of Poojas and Punyapalas.
As an aside, Matru Dosha is not being talked about as much.
Pirtu generally means ancestors, which includes women as well.
But there is difference in performing Sraddha between for Men and Women.