What does Hinduism say about keeping the photo of a deceased child who was a young adult at the time?

Can his/her portrait be kept in the living room surrounded with garland?

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    Customs vary from place to place. Take note that shraadham is not performed for a person who died prematurely. Also, children are usually buried and not cremated. I don't think keeping a portrait in the living room is common, though it need not be disallowed. – Aravind Suresh Oct 8 '20 at 5:11
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    Any deceased family member is part of Pitras(ancestors) and their photo should be hanged in South-West region of House and south or west wall facing north or east, according to the Vastu Shastra. Don't hang the photo of Pitras in the bedroom or near house temple. – user21800 Oct 8 '20 at 6:20

The same type of incident happened with Arjuna after the Mahabharata battle was over. Arjuna was standing in front of a portrait of his hero son Abhimanyu. At the same time Krishna arrived. Arjuna said my son was your nephew, Vedvyasa arranged his marriage ceremony. You both have supernatural and transcendental powers. But why didn't you save Abhimanyu in the battle. You are a true, "kartum akartum anyatha kartum samartha." But my son was killed. Krishna replied Abhimanyu had come from higher planetary worlds. He just had that much role to play. Since his time was over he had to go back.

Arjuna never was satisfied with this reply. He requested Krishna to bring his son back. Krishna used His Yogmaya and Abhimanyu appeared in front of Arjuna. Arjuna with full of excitement wanted to hug him. But Abhimanyu said that he was not his son anymore. You are not my father. Because I'm an eternal soul. And I have no relation with you.

Arjuna got it. He removed Abhimanyu's portrait.

  • Can you pls cite source for this? – YDS Oct 9 '20 at 16:22
  • Mahabharata, Harivamsa Parva. – user30612 Oct 10 '20 at 19:28

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