After death people can go to multiple places , main among them are - Pitri Lok , Swarga Lok and Narak Lok .

For Narak it is clear that people who do sins go to Narak.

But I am confused between who goes to - Swarg Lok and who goes to Pitri Lok ?

How is it decided ?

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    Pitriloka is situated within Svarga. Pitris enjoy all the facilities afforded by devas except food & water, for which they depend on the offerings of kavya, pinda & tarpana.
    – অনু
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 13:05
  • @AnubrataBit So, after dying and going to heaven,all people will still need food and water from their descendants ?
    – river
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 13:21
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    According to Skanda Purana, Nagara Khanda, Chap 216, yes. Shastras that one should perform srāddha & tarpana daily & a special srāddha on the lunar day of one's immmediate ancestors' death anniversary each year. If unable to do so, then Skanda Purana:6:216 states to perform the same on Manvadi, Yugadi, Samkranti, Vyatipata, Gajacchaya, eclipse & new-moon days throughout the year. If unable in that, perform srāddha & tarpana on Pretapaksha annually. If unable to do that, perform srāddha & tarpana annually on Mahalaya (which co-incidentally happens to fall tommorow) at Gaya.
    – অনু
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 13:27
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    This is for those people who have lead a virtous life by performing the Vaidika rites. However, those who have propitiated Bhagavana Shankara, Bhagavana Vishnu & Bhagavati Adyashakti are expected to reach lokas higher than Svarga, where they don't have to experience hunger & thirst.
    – অনু
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 13:30
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    Correction: According to the Puranas, those who propitiate Bhagavana Vishnu, Bhagavana Shiva or Bhagavati Adyashakti either reach their respective lokas (Vaikuntha, Shivaloka, Manidvipa) or assume the body of Devas/Gandharvas & reside in Svarga, while those who propitiate the Vaidika deities through Vaidika rites accompany the 7 divine Pitris in Pitriloka situated in the southern part of Svarga, ruled by Yama.
    – অনু
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 13:41


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