Tarpan is a Hindu ritual performed to offer water oblations to deceased ancestors and seek their blessings and peace in the afterlife.

– The primary purpose of Tarpan is to show respect and gratitude to deceased ancestors and ensure their spiritual well-being in the afterlife.

– Tarpan is typically performed near sacred bodies of water, such as riverbanks or ponds. It can also be conducted at home.

– The person performing the ritual (usually a male member of the family) stands in the water, holding a plate or vessel containing offerings.

– Offerings typically include water, sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, barley, and sometimes milk and rice.

– The person offers these items while reciting specific mantras and prayers dedicated to the ancestors.

– The oblations are made by cupping the hands together and pouring water through the fingers while facing the north (the direction associated with the ancestors).

– Tarpan is performed during the Pitru Paksha period, which lasts for 16 lunar days and culminates on Mahalaya Amavasya, the new moon day.