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Essence Of
Varaha Purana



22    Reverence to Pitras on Amavasya day and benefits
As Lord Brahma was engaged in the serious task of Creation, He became aware of Tanmatras or the subtle forms of matter viz. interaction of the Three Gunas or characteristics viz. Satvik, Rajasik and Tamasik as also Panchendriyas, Jnanendriyas and Karmendriyas. The Tanmatras displayed themselves in Dhumra Varnaor ash colour and evinced interest to reach Heavens. But Brahma convinced them that the entire community of Tanmatras belonged to the Pitras and whatever veneration was provided by Grihasthies (householders) would belong to Tanmatras too. For instance, Brahmanas execute reverences to Pitras through Agniby way of Nitya (regular), Naimittika (as per needs of functions to be prformed) and Kamya (as per desires of the householders) or Parvana Shraddhas; similarly Kshatriyas and Vaisyas too perform Agni Karyas or reverences to Pitras through Fire-oriented tasks. Likewise tarpansor libations are performed periodically. In all these cases whatever benefits would accrue to Pitras would be accumulated toTanmatras also. Brahma thus indicated Dakshinayan route to Pitras as also to Tanmatras. Moreso, He designated Amavasya as the most important day for worship to Pitras and Tanmatras as well. Human beings perform Tarpanas along with Kusha and Tilason Amavasyas falling in each month which would indeed provide contenment to Pitras as well as Tanmatras. Thus Amavasya is required to be the special day when fast is observed and tildaan is performed without fail, and that would not only give satifaction to Pitras but the Kartas or the Performing Devotees who are provided Ihamor during the current birth of prosperity, peace, health and longevity but also Param or post life. (Details of Amavasya Tarpana given elsewhere in this Write-up)

Manifestation of Rudra Deva and penance on Chaturdasis

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