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What is Thila Homa?

On January 21, 2019

Thila Homa (Fire Prayer) is a powerful Vedic ritual performed to alleviate the adverse effects of Pitru dosha or the curse of our dead ancestors who have not been appeased. It is performed with ‘Til’ (sesame seeds). The homa can help us to resolve all problems caused due to the anger of our ancestors.

By performing this Homa, we will be able to propitiate our departed ancestral souls who are still bound to earth. For people with Pitru Dosha in their horoscope, Thila Homa is the best remedy as this will remove all the ill effects of Pitru Dosha from the birth chart of the future generation.

A person must perform Thila Homa once in his life. It has to be performed by the following persons:

  • Those with Pitru Dosha in their horoscope
  • Those whose family members died unnatural/ sudden death by accident, violence, etc.
  • Those who don’t perform ancestral rituals (Tarpanam) regularly
  • Those who have problems related to marriage/job/progeny/finances/fights/court & cases
  • Those experiencing paranormal/negative/evil occurrences in life
  • An important thing to remember is that performing Thila Homa is not enough to please the ancestor. It is also essential to perform Bali Tarpanam regularly on Mahalaya Amavasya as this can help you avoid future troubles from Pitru Dosha.

    What is Thila Homa

    Our ancestors have the power to influence our fate. It is believed that the rituals that are performed to please ancestors affect the DNA of one’s soul. These rituals have a cleansing effect on the biological and soul desire that we inherit from our ancestors who prepare us to experience the problems in our lives. They can also open for us the gateway to seek spiritual enlightenment by planting their seed energy in us. Ancestral rituals please them and they remove the negative karmas. They also give us their blessings and protect us like invisible guardian angels. So, it is essential to satisfy our ancestors by performing Thila Homa and Tarpanam.

    Thila Homa is different from other Homas. People who want to perform Thila Homas often face many hindrances. When they finally perform the Homa, they may find miracles happening in their life. This is due to the blessings of their ancestors. Thila Homa is conducted at many temples. The most auspicious temples for this ritual are:

  • Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram Tamil Nadu
  • Kasi Vishwanath Temple
  • Many instructions need to be followed before performing Thila Homa to get its total benefit. If this Homa is not performed properly, it can worsen the Pitru Dosha.

  • The priests who perform this Homa should be highly knowledgeable. The right mantras should be used with the right pronunciation
  • To perform the Thila Homa the date and time is decided, based on the devotee’s Nakshatra and birth chart
  • It is compulsory for each family member to attain the Homa
  • How is Thila Homa performed?

    Til (sesame seeds) are offered in the Homa. Then Lord Surya is worshipped in Kalasha and Mandala. This is followed by the chanting of Gayatri mantra and Pitru Dosha mantras. Kalasha, Phala, and Ajya Daanas (offerings) followed by Yama Raja Pooja and Homa. Finally, this ritual gets concluded with Panda Pradanam (Bali Tarpanam – offerings of the rice ball, sesame seeds, and water).


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