Pitra Dosh in Horoscope

Pitra Dosh
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This is one of the most important concepts of Indian astrology and it is called Pitra Dosh which is generally defined by many astrologers as the Curse of Ancestors meaning that the forefathers of the person having Pitra Dosh in his horoscope are unhappy with him and therefore they are cursing the native and due to that curse the native may suffer from debt, diseases, failures all around, being childless and in the worst cases, early death due to accidents or serious diseases.

In case of Pitra Dosh, the misconception starts right from its definition which states that it is the curse of Ancestors. Pitra Dosh is not a curse of the Ancestors for sure and here is how. The horoscope of a person is drawn and decided right at the time of his birth and accordingly any kind of defects are decided at the time of his birth which includes defects like Kaal Sarp Dosh, Manglik Dosh and Pitra Dosh among other defects.

Coming to the defect called Pitra Dosh, if the defect is decided at the birth of a person, then what has this person done in this birth to get cursed by the ancestors. I mean if a person grows older and does some bad Karmas or Bad deeds which may bring disgrace to the good and fair name of Ancestors, then it may be considered that the Ancestors are cursing that person. But why curse a person before his birth? And for the people reading this article who may have an opinion that the person may have done some bad Karmas or bad deeds related to the ancestors, in the past lives and that is why he has got Pitra Dosh in his horoscope, let me tell you that in most cases, a person born in a family line is none other than one of his own Ancestors.

For example a person born in a family line is usually one of the forefathers of that family who has reborn in that family again. According to the theory of Karmic astrology, most people are born in the same family lines with same friends and same enemies in many of their lives until their Karmic debts, duties and rewards are all cleared from that particular group of people or we can call them particular group of Souls. Coming back to the point, what actually is this Pitra Dosh if it is not a curse of the Ancestors? Let’s look into the matter and find out what is Pitra Dosh.

Pitra Dosh is not a curse of the Ancestors, but it is a Karmic Debt of the ancestors which the person having Pitra Dosh in his horoscope is supposed to pay. In simple words, Pitra Dosh is formed in the horoscope of a person due to bad Karmas or bad deeds done by the Ancestors of that person and this person is supposed to pay that Karmic debt by suffering the punishments decided for those debts in different spheres of his life until the debt is cleared either by punishment or by the good deeds done by the person having this Pitra Dosh in his horoscope. So the presence of Pitra Dosh in a horoscope does not mean that the Ancestors of the person having Pitra Dosh in his horoscope are cursing him, but it means that the Ancestors of such a person are themselves cursed. This theory may sound confusing to some people, so let’s try to explain it on the basis of scientific as well as Karmic logics.

Starting with science, it is a well known fact that there are a number of diseases found today which are genetic in nature which means that they are passed from mother or father to their children. A common example of such diseases is diabetes which is prevailing throughout the world and in many cases it passes from generation to generation, though it may not affect some of the children born to a diabetic mother or father. In the same way, a son generally inherits the assets and liabilities of his father, which may have come from the forefathers also. Similarly other examples like fame, defame and physical resemblance can be considered to validate the theory that the good or bad things earned, owned and owed by the parents or forefathers are passed on to the children of the family line.

The theory of Karmic debts also works in the same way with the only difference that it shows the results in the present life based on the Karmas done in previous lives. As I have already mentioned that most people are born within the same family lines and same circle of friends, so an Ancestor suitable for the punishment of the Karmic debt of a family according to the bad Karmas done by him in his previous lives, is sent on earth to pay those debts and bear the punishments.

As this person does good or bad deeds in his present life, it contributes to the negative or positive Karmic balance of that family line where the negative balance means the debt and positive balance means the rewards which are going to be enjoyed by the coming generations of that family. This is why so much emphasis is put on doing good Karmas and it is often preached that the bad Karmas done by a person are going to affect the family line of that person which includes his children and their children.

In the same way, the good Karmas done by a person earn Karmic rewards which are paid to the future members of his family line who are going to enjoy good or great fortunes due to the good deeds done by their fathers and forefathers just like a person enjoys the wealth earned and owned by his father. Let’s now go deeper into this theory of Karmic Ancestral debts and rewards with the help of an example taken from Hindu Mythology.

This example belongs to the birth of the Holiest River belonging to Hindu religion, which is called Maa Ganga by Indians and which is commonly known as River Ganges by rest of the world. Long time back, there was a King named Sagar who was an Ancestor of Lord Rama. Due to some misunderstanding, the sons of King Sagar attacked a great Sage Kapil and they all died of the burning flames coming out of the eyes of angry sage Kapil.

Sages are given great respect in India, so insulting and attacking a great sage like Kapil formed a heavy Karmic debt which was going to trouble all the coming generations of this family. Knowing this, Anshuman the grandson of King Sagar went to Sage Kapil, asked for his forgiveness and requested him to prescribe a way to relieve the family of this Ancestral debt. It was then told by Sage Kapil that if the holy river Ganga is brought to the earth from the heavens and the ashes of the burnt Princes are offered to holy river Ganga, only then this debt can be cleared.

Accordingly, Anshuman worshiped throughout his life to bring Ganga to earth but he did not succeed and the duty was passed on to his son King Dilip who also worshiped throughout his life to bring Ganga to earth to clear the Karmic debts of his forefathers. King Dilip also did not succeed and the duty was passed on to his son King Bhagirath who also worshiped Lord Brahma very dedicatedly and one day Lord Brahma came to answer his prayers and blessed him with his wish that Ganga would be sent to earth to relieve his family and forefathers of their Karmic debts. As Lord Brahma blessed Bhagirath, King Bhagirath posed a question to Lord Brahma which goes something like this.

“O Great Lord Brahma, I have a question to ask and kindly bless me with the answer to this question. My grandfather Anshuman and my father Dilip worshipped you throughout their lives but you did not answer their prayers whereas you have answered my prayers. Was there any defect in their way of worship or was something else wrong due to which you did not listen to the prayers of my father and my grandfather?”

Hearing this Lord Brahma smiled and said, “Insulting and attacking a great sage like Kapil caused a very heavy karmic debt on your family line and all of it needed to be paid in order for me to come and bless a member of your family line with his wish. Your father and grandfather worshipped throughout their lives and they were able to pay most of this debt, but as the debt was not cleared, so I did not come to grant their wish. As you started worshipping, the Karmic debt was cleared and after that you earned sufficient Karmic rewards for your wish to be granted, by keeping worshipping me and that is why I am here to bless you with your wish”. After that Maa Ganga was sent to earth to bless the souls of Bhagirath’s forefathers as well as many others.

The moral of the story is that the karmic debt levied on the forefathers of king Bhagirath needed to be cleared before the family line could be blessed again with good fortunes and therefore three generations of his family worshipped the Lord to clear this Karmic debt and earn Karmic rewards which led to the good results like the incarnation of Lord Rama in the same family line. It shows that the positive karmic balance of this family line was extremely high because a family line which witnessed the birth of Lord himself was without any doubt the most prestigious Karmic family line of that time.

Coming back to Pitra Dosh, now it should be easy to understand that Pitra Dosh is not the curse of the ancestors as defined by some astrologers, but it is a debt formed as a result of bad deeds done by the ancestors and this debt has to be paid by the present generation either by taking the punishment decided according to the debt or by doing some specific good Karmic deeds which help paying this debt so that the degree of punishment may be decreased.

After knowing this much about Pitra Dosh, let’s find out how this Dosh is seen present in a horoscope. If the Sun which is an indicator of the Self and the Ancestors, is afflicted by a malefic planet, Pitra Dosh is formed in the horoscope and depending on the afflicting planet, the kinds and results of Pitra Dosh change.

For example, the worst kind of Pitra Dosh is formed by the affliction of Rahu and Ketu to the Sun by placement and aspect, and the Pitra Dosh where the Sun and Rahu are placed in the same house, is a very serious Pitra Dosh and it can even prove fatal for the native if the afflictions are strong. The affliction to the Sun by a malefic Saturn also forms a serious Pitra Dosh and similarly any malefic planet afflicting the Sun forms Pitra Dosh which can trouble the native in different ways depending on the afflicting planet, the strength of the afflicting planet and the Sun, the placement of the afflicting planet as well as the Sun and some other factors.

Apart from this, Pitra Dosh is also formed if 9th house of a horoscope which stands for Ancestors among other things, is afflicted by a malefic planet and the results should be predicted in the same way as in case of afflictions to the Sun. Afflictions to the Lord of 9th house also form a Pitra Dosh.

And now that we know about Pitra Dosh, let’s discuss its remedies. Like all other defects presents in a horoscope, Pitra Dosh is a very technical Dosh and general remedies are not sufficient for it. It is very important first to identify the planet or planets causing Pitra Dosh and then do the remedies and Poojas for those planets. And for the people who are told that Pitra Dosh is a curse of the ancestors and it can be modified by doing Poojas and charities to pacify and please their ancestors, let me tell you that this remedy is not going to do much good for you because your Ancestors are not cursing you but they are themselves cursed and so you don’t need to pray to them, but you need to pray for them.

So in order to relieve yourself and your ancestors of the Pitra Dosh present in your horoscope, identify the planet causing Pitra Dosh in the horoscope and then do specific charities and Poojas to pay the debts of that planet and pacify that planet so that it may reduce the quantum of punishment it is imposing on you.


Himanshu Shangari