Thila Homam is a very sacred and powerful Vedic recitation ritual performed for the death of family members who died due to unforeseen or tragic circumstances. Thila Homam is a ‘parigaram’ or remedy for individuals with ‘Pitru Dosha’ in their horoscopes. Thila Homam is performed predominantly in Tamil Nadu‘s coastal temple city of Rameshwaram. Performing Thila Homam in Rameshwaram is considered to be very sacred and powerful.
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Thila Homam Significance
Thila Homam has a deep significance. Thila Homam is considered to put the wandering souls of the departed near and dear ones to rest and give it the peace from negative evil forces. Thila Homam ensures rebirth for the bygone individuals and sends the soul back to the feet of God.
Who Should Perform Thila Homam at Rameshwaram and Why?
The prospective people who could perform Thila Homam are:
- Individuals who lost their parents due to tragic incidents.
- Individuals whose forefathers or ancestors did not attain peace because of the evil deeds they did throughout the course of their life.
- Individuals with Pitra Dosha (Ancestor Dosha) in their horoscope.
- Individuals who failed to perform Shrardham ceremony for their bygone ancestors.
- People with severe issues due to enemies/rivalry.
- Individuals who are not attaining success in their lives with respect to marriage, job, delayed child birth, recurrent health issues and lack of harmony among family members, loss of money, legal issues and unfortunate tragedies.
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Thila Homam Benefits and Beliefs
There are several benefits for performing Thila Homam:
- It provides relief to the souls and relieves them from the banes of hell
- It relieves the sufferings of the bygone souls
- It provides relief from unexpected sufferings.
- It provides happiness and blessings for a happy and peaceful life.
When To perform Thila Homam?
Thila Homam can be performed on any day the temple is open in Rameshwaram. However, the most auspicious time for performing Thila Homam in Rameshwara is in Mahalaya Amavasya (15 days before Dussehra/Navaratri). It is known as Pitru Paksha in several parts of India.
Thila Homam for bygone ancestors is performed based on the time of death (tithi) and it can be performed on any Amavasya day.
What is the procedure for Thila Homam?
Here’s the procedure to perform Thila Homam:
- The Thila Homam procedure involves priests performing the 2-3 hour long vedic recitations to overcome the individual’s Pitru Dosham
- Relatives of the dead person perform the Homam.
- Bali Tharpanam is the major step in Thila Homam procedure which involves mantra recitation followed by Homam Samgri with ’til’ or ‘elu’
- Only certified Vedic Brahmins will be allowed to perform the rituals in Ramanatha Swamy Temple in Rameshwaram, Sri Parasurama Temple in Thiruvananthpuram, Janardhana Swami Temple in Varkala or the Thinaavaya Temple in Malappuram
|Thila Homam Procedure|
|Lakhsmi Narayan Pooja (kalas pradhimai pooja)|
|Uma Maheshwar Pooja (kalas pradhimai pooja)|
|Kama dhenu/ Gou Mata (Surabhi), sarpam (serpent), kali mata, shani bhagvan poojas (pradhimai)|
|Yamadarmaraja pooja (pradhimai)|
|Brahmana ashirvaad (blessings)|
|Pinda Pradanam (food offerings to pithru)|
|Dissolving Pinda in agni theertha or in Dhanushkodi|
|Getting ritual bath with kalas theertham( holy water) after pooja.|
|Leaving behind your clothes that are worn during pooja|
Attire/Dress Code for Thila Homam
Dhoti is the recommended clothing for men. Women should wear a saree or salwar/ traditional attire. It is to be noted that whatever dress is worn by individuals should be removed and thrown off by the river after performing the puja.
Thila Homam Puja Duration
It takes around two to three hours to perform Thila Homam.
Where to perform Thila Homam?
Thila Homam is performed in Rameshwaram as it is the most powerful and apt place to perform the ritual. After the Homam, the ashes of the bygone near and dear ones are mixed in the holy seawater which is synonymous to letting the soul rest in peace. Thila Homam is usually a once in a lifetime ritual and hence, its significance is considerably higher than other rituals.
Apparently, Rameshwaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India which makes it a very sacred temple to visit in South India.
Cost of Thila Homam in Rameshawaram?
The fees for Thila Homam includes the cost of pooja items and ‘dakshana’ to the priests.
If the homam takes place at the Rameshwaram temple, then below are the detailed costs.
Cost primarily depends on the count of chants performed during the homam. The cost of Brahmins is more due to the additional procedures required.
|Thila Homam||Price Range|
|1008 Count||₹11000 – 14000|
|3000 Count||₹14000 – 16000|
|6000 Count||₹17000 – 21000|
|10000 Count||₹22000 – 28000|
Apart from Thila Homam, the other optional rituals performed at Rameshwaram are:
|Sudarshana Homam 1008 Count||₹10000 – 15000|
|Sarpa Shanthi, Rahu Ketu Shanthi||₹10000 – 15000|
|Naga Prathista (including idol)||₹15000 – 22000|
|Swayamvara Kalaa Parvathi (For delay in marriage) / Kalathra Dosham||₹10000 – 15000|
|Thithi/Sraddam/Divasam (Yearly ceremony)||₹4500 – 13000|
|Hiranya Sradham||₹5000 – 6500|
|Theertha Sradham||₹16000 – 17000|
|Kasi Yatra Sankalpam / Saikata Pooja in Dhanushkoti||₹5000 – 7000|
|Ganga Pooja with Rudra Paarayanam||₹4500 – 6500|
Covid-19 Restrictions in Rameshwaram Temple from September 2020
**Standard Government Protocols as mentioned in the Government of India Website for guidelines to be followed in temples**
- 1. Public worship will be allowed only up to 8 pm.
- 2. Persons above 65 years of age, pregnant woman, children below age of 10 years are advised to stay at home.
- 3. The individual should maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distancing
- 4. Use of face covers/masks is mandatory
- 5. Person allowed inside only after thermal screening
- 6. People should wash their hands and feet before entering into premises
- 7. Touching of idols/statues/holy books not allowed
- 8. No physical offerings like prasad/distribution or sprinkling of holy water etc will be allowed inside the religious places.