Pitrus Presiding Deties Sraddha

Details of Pitrus present and the Deities of Sraddha.


1 Pururav-Aardrav and Dhurilochan

Pururav-Aardrav and Dhurilochan are deities of ancestors’ souls. They are referenced in the ritual of Shraddha.

1.2. Vasu-Rudra-Aditya

1.‘Shraddha is associated with the benevolent deities Vasu, Rudra and Aditya of the ancestors’ souls. The mantras chanted during the Shraddha and the rites performed enables one to connect to these deities.’ (6)

2. The deceased person for whom the ritual of Shraddha is being performed, is considered as a follower of Vasu, his parents are considered as followers of Rudra and his grand parents are considered as followers of Aditya. Therefore during Shraddha, the names of father, grandfather and great grandfather (or mother, grandmother and great grandmother) are pronounced as representatives of Vasu-Rudra-Aditya respectively.


Presiding Deity of
the departed ancestors
Associated mission
Vasu Desire
Rudra Dissolution
Aditya Action

During the ritual of Shraddha the Vishvedevs called Pururav-Ardrav and Dhurilochan are also invoked. Vishvedev means the ‘group of Deities which represents the Deities during a sacrificial fire’.


Pitrus, Ancestoes present during Mahalaya Sraddha.


. Father, grandfather, great grandfather (Pitrutrayi) 10. Maternal uncle
2. Mother, grandmother and great grandmother (matrutrayi) 11. Brother
3. Step mother 12. Father’s sisters
4. Mother’s father, grandfather and great grandmother (matamahatrayi) 13. Mother’s sisters
5. Mother’s mother, grandmother and great grandmother 14. Sisters
6. Wife 15. Father-in-law
7. Sons 16. Other relatives
8. Daughters 17. Guru (if the Guru-disciple relationship exists)
9. Paternal cousins 18. Disciple (if the Guru-disciple relationship exists)


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