My father in law passed away on 27-09-12. I want to know the rituals to be perfomed in the next 12 days.

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My father in law passed away on 27.09.12. I want to know the rituals to be perfomed in the next 12 days. We are in the process of doing that. But still i want to know in detail. My husband has one elder brother and one elder sister. Both married.

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Answer:  Normally, the pithru pindam is to be offered daily from day one. But now a days, for want of time and other resources, it is done from the 9th day.  On this 9th day, the offer pindam for all the previous 8 days and the Vaasothatha/thilOthatha tharppanam is performed. 10th day as Dasaaham (prabhootha-bhali), 11th day Ekodishta srardham (known as aadhya maasikam or the first masyam) and on the 12th day Sabindeekaranam. 13th day Subha sweekaram. On all these days no outstation visits, no outside foods to be taken. Kartha has to ; fasting during the night on all these 12 days and also on Amavasya, monthly masiyam days etc. Amavasya tharppaNam is to be performed from the first amavasya after the Sabindeekaranam.

The first one year till the aabdeekam is said to be mourning period; during this time, no pilgrimage, visit to any hill station temples or doing/performing any auspicious functions at home etc. to be followed. As your husbands elder brother will be performing the monthly Srardha masikams, you have to be present at the place regularly and partake in the masyams during that period and avail the pithru sesham known as pithrus blessings. Normally, no Kolams aka rangoli displayed at the fore entrance of home during one year. However, after the 13th day, regular thiruvaradhanam, lighting lamps at the home/sannithi is to be done. No festivities. (Oh, you are mentioning 27th Sept as date of demise on the 24th of Sept? As no phone number is given, I am unable to verify the date).

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