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In the widest sense, the ancestors of the family or race. More narrowly, the deceased male relatives of the living head of the family, especially the father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who require feeding in the next life through śrāddha rituals, and the pitṛyajñā. See also piṇḍa; piṇḍapitṛyajña; pitṛloka; pitṛyajña; pitṛyāna.

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