Significance of Ancestors and Ancestral Ceremonies in Your Life
Vedic scriptures teach that we must remember and perform Tarpanam, ceremonies to deceased ancestors, for at least 3 generations. The scriptures also mention that our departed ancestors’ souls are elevated beings equivalent to gods. They deserve to be worshipped even before performing ceremonies to God.
According to Indian Vedic texts, it is an important duty for everyone to perform Tarpanam for their departed loved ones. If this duty is carried out diligently with faith, the offerings help the souls of the past seven generations progress and move towards ‘Brahma Loka’ (Higher World).
Tarpanam performed during Mahalaya is considered special, as during this period our ancestors look forward to receiving the Tarpanam offerings from ‘Pitru Loka’ (Ancestral World).
Benefits of Ancestral Ceremonies from Vedic Texts
As you keep performing Tarpanam to your genetic predecessors, you help them ascend to the higher world towards salvation. As they move higher and higher, the power of their blessings to fulfill your wishes increases profusely.
Brahma Purana mentions that if you are regular in performing Tarpanam ceremonies, the souls of your ancestors would be satisfied along with Ashta Vasus (eight elemental Gods), Ekadasa Rudras (11 forms of Rudra), Dwadasa Adityas (12 Sun Gods), Navagrahas (9 planets) and Nakshatras (27 birth stars) and bestow you with good progeny, prosperity, hale and healthy life and overall fulfillment in your life.
If you are experiencing any one or more of the below 7 signs, it is an indication of troubled ancestor souls. You can take advantage of this Mahalaya period and sponsor Tarpanam ceremonies for your ancestors and continue these ceremonies on important days for ancestors throughout the year.