Tarpanam done on the day of Amavasya is one such way to pay this debt. This worship procedure does not take much time and can be done within ten minutes or so. Going by the names, Pitru Tarpanam means to satisfy one’s ancestors. In this part of tharpanam, we offer tharpanam to 12 of our recently departed ancestors. These may be your parents, grandparents and so on
People in your parental lines are the only ones who are included in this tharpanam. So, uncles, aunts or cousins are excluded from Pitru tharpanam worship. They are however included when we perform karunya tharpanam. The second part of tharpanam is known as Karunya tharpanam. In this procedure we include departed relatives, friends and other departed beings.