SHRAADH (RITUALS AFTER DEATH)
DEVOTING REVERENCE TOWARDS OUR
‘PITRU’ (DEPARTED ANCESTORS’ SOULS)
Our Scriptures have explained four types of extinction of life.
The four types of passing away, of which we don’t have any ideas to how
our ancestors passed away, whether by drowning, by fire, by falling of tree
upon them or by taken in by earth or for any other reason…we have no clue…
In such cases , the son is duty bound to do the following needful:
The son should enchant that
“ I (your name), son of ___________(father’s name), of _________ (Gotra) pray to the God of fire that fruit of this deed of mine done with full respect and reverence, liberates all my ‘PITRU’ (departed ancestors’ souls), who have attained such type of death, must reach to all of them.”
Our scriptures says that a son must first pray to the Sun God and then proceed for this ritual of Shraadh.
Not only our blood relation, but one must perform this ritual of ‘Pinda Daan’ for one’s friends and even for enemies.
What are the benefits of this ritual ?
Performing this ritual for departed ancestors brings good fortune to the descendants, blessings & positive energies for progress. There is an increase in the wealth and longivity.
The departed ancestors bestow happiness on their descendants, there is success in his materialistic life & protection from evils & enemies.
Therefore, one must perform the ritual of Shraadh.
While performing this ritual or ‘pooja’, one must take care of do’s & don’ts related to this.
On the day of Shraadh one must not use the following things for making ‘prasadam’:
- Goat’s Milk
- Pulses like Masoor & Matar (green peas)
- Alsi seeds, Lotus flower, Bel leaves, Dhatura & Mahua.
Things which can be used on this day :
- Kush (Dried grass)
- Pulses like Udad & Moong
- Sathi Rice (coarse, pink streaked rice with the mild sweet taste when cooked)
- Cow’s Ghee & Milk
- Jau (Barley), Sugarcane
- White flower (any)
Our departed ancestors like Honey, the most. Therefore, we must cook at least two things for ‘prasadam’ which are made up of cow’s ghee & honey.
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