By Swami Harshananda
Aurasa literally means ‘produced from the breast’.
Since ancient times, society has given a great importance to birth of the son. They are believed to take care of their parents not only here but also after their death. Performing śrāddha or obsequious rites which will help sustain the dead ancestors, has been considered as important in taking care of them.
Among the twelve kinds of sons described in the smṛitis the ‘aurasa’ stands first. He is the son born of the wife of the same caste married as per the rules given in the dharmaśāstras. He alone has the right to the father’s property and the performance of the śrāddha rites.
- Manusmrti 9.159-160
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore