Before performing pitra dosh puja one should know following facts. Gokarna, Karnataka is the right place for performing these pujas. Being southern Kashi of India, there are qualified priests who are performing these pujas since the time of Kadamba Dynasty (400 CE onwards..)
Why Pitra Dosh puja should be performed at Gokarna ?
Gokarna (Kannada: ಗೋಕರ್ಣ) is a small temple town on the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka.The main temple deity is Lord Shiva, who is also known as Mahabaleshwar. Gokarna is known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers in India.
This holy place is known as Bhookailasa and the Southern Varanasi. (Ref. Skandha Purana, Guru Charitra)
Gokarna means Cow’s Ear. It is believed that Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow (Prithvi, the Mother Earth) here. It is at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini. Thus Gokarna gained global spiritual significance. Performing Maha Mrityunjaya Homam at Gokarna has its own very significances.
Gokarna is mentioned in the Shrimad Bhagavata Purana as being the home of the brothers Gokarna and Dhundhakari. Mahabaleshwara Temple (Maha: great, bal: strength) is a famous Shiva Temple and it houses the ‘Atmalinga’
The Brahmin king Raja Mayooravarma was instrumental in bringing the first 30 or so families to Gokarna. Brahmins have a history of 1300 years back and documental proofs are available since 15th century about Gokarna priests and scholars for performing various pujas like Navagraha-purak-aghorastra-puja, Narayan bali, Maha Mrantuynjya Homam, pind daan, tripindi shraddha etc.
Availability of a good number of learned scholars in Sanskrit and Vedic experts in Gokarna is an added advantage apart from the uniqueness of this holy place in India.
The Rudra paada of Lord Shiva is at Gokarna. Hence all pujas are performed throughout the year
What is Pitra Dosha?
Pitra Dosh or Pitru Dosh, according to Vedic astrology, is a birth defect or a defect which occurs later in one's life and is demoralizing for some people.
The most number of cases where Pitra Dosh occurs are caused by movement of the planets and for the reasons mentioned below:
1 Bad deeds of our ancestors/children in earlier life, knowingly or unknowingly.
2 Lack of full fillment of parental desires of our ancestors,
3 A sudden and unnatural death of any relative ancestors in early age,
Pitra Dosha occurs if any ancestors up to the 7th generation on the father's side and up to the 4th generation on the mother's side have expired at an early age or have had an unnatural death.
What are the effects of Pitra Dosh?
Few Effects of Pitra Dosh are listed below:
1. There will be no male child born in the family to carry on the generation or no child in the family.
2. Frequent abortions may take place.
3. There can be children in the family who do not want to get married or in spite of many efforts no suitable match could be found for the marriage.
4. Lack of interest in Business/education/profession for family members even though they are qualified to do so.
5. Children in these families may be born with physical or mental limitations or even the ones who are born normal
6 Health and hygiene related issues at home and for family members.
7. Scarcity always revolves around these families and they hardly find any luck or prosperity in whatever they try to do.
What are the remedies of Pitra Dosha?
If you are a heavy sufferer due to pitra dosha do not wait, on the advice of a astrologer, perform following pujas at Gokarna, Karnataka.
1 Naryan Bali puja
2 Naryan Nag bali puja
3 Tripindi pitra dosha puja.
or simple solutions like
Water a Banyan Tree regularly,
Feed Brahmins on Amavasya and also help poor and needy on this day in your own capacity,
Unconditional services to parents and old age people
Worshipping Lord Vishnu, especially the form of Sri Ram etc.
How to Reach Gokarna
Gokarna rail link which is well connected with Margoa. If you are coming to Gokarna via rail then the nearest railway stations are located at Gokarna/ Ankola /Kumta which are about 6/20/18 kilometers away
KSRTC , VRL, Sugama, SRS, Kumars and many have frequent bus services in the region. There are plenty of buses which connect Gokarna to major and minor cities in the country which will make to reach Gokarna easy for the travellers.