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What are the effects if rituals after death are not performed at all?

What are the effects If rituals after death are not performed at all or incorrectly performed? What effects to the person who has died? What effects to them who does not perform the rituals?
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How do you know death is near for a person as per scriptures? Is there any reference?

I have seen an old man suffering for long where as healthy young man died. So is there any mention in scriptures or any indication of a man dying? I have googled around and found few answers which ...
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Did Vivekananda prophesy he would die before the age of 40? Why didn't he prolong his life through yoga?

I heard that Swami Vivekananda predicted he would not live beyond 40. Is this true? What were his exact words in this regard? Also, since he was a master practitioner of yoga, what reasons (if any) ...
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How did Bhadra conceive children from the corpse of her husband?

Mahabharata Sambhava Parva Section CXXI mentions an interesting story of a king Vyushitashwa who dies without siring any child. His wife lamenting on his death bed hears her dead husband's voice ...
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Planning Bhoomi pooja after death of My father's elder brother [closed]

My Periyappa (My father's elder bother)died before one month.Thirty day rituals has completed.Now My family are planning do Bhoomi pooja. Shall we do this? Some people used to say, we have to wait for ...
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Why do we bury dead body of a Sannyasi rather than burn it?

I have heard many times that if there is any funeral then probably we burn the deceased person. But in case of death of a Sannyasi we do not burn his body rather bury in the ground. This is even ...
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What happens after death according to Vedic samhitas?

I could not find references to rebirth in Vedic samhitas i.e., Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur veda and Atharva veda. I would like to know what happens after death according to Vedic samhitas (Rig Veda, ...
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Will I (Psycho-Physical 'I') cease to exist after death or moksha? [duplicate]

In the Gita sloka 2.12 God declares that Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. My question is: Will I cease ...
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What are some good books to read on life, death, afterlife, etc in Hinduism?

By good books, I am looking for an interpretation of scriptures that is accessible to a normal audience. Does anyone have any suggestions? PS: Please let me know if this is out-of-scope for ...
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Does Atman hear, speak, taste and see after we die?

It is said that Atman is one's true Self. It remains in existence after we die, for Atman never takes birth nor does it die. My question is : does Atman hear, speak, taste and see after we die? If ...
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Death of a worker on the site during construction- should the house warming ceremony be postponed?

If one of the construction workers died accidentally on the site while building the house, should the house owners postpone the house warming ceremony?
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How do we define who is a Close relative [closed]

My mother's first death anniversary is on 19th September 2017. unfortunately my mother's second cousin (their respective grand mothers were sisters) passed away on 9th september. I am getting a lot ...
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Why is suicide criticized in scriptures when it is part of the prarabdha?

Scriptures and saints have unanimously criticized suicide as it ends human life which is very rare to get. As this answer says, those who commit suicide become ghosts. But because suicide involves ...
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Punishment in garuda-purana

a) If someone is really depressed and want to commit suicide, are there any punishments for this also in garuda-purana? b) Doesn't it means that they have more pain than they could bear so it's not ...
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What are the Hindu beliefs on life after death? [closed]

I'm a highschool student studying the 5 Major world religions and I myself am Catholic. However as apart of an assignment I have, I must interview and collate references from people of the practicing ...
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How did Arjuna die in Mahabharata?

I read different stories in articles about Arjuna death (Killed by Yama, Killed by Babruvahana during Ashwamedha Yagya and Arjuna finally died during his journey to Swargaloka) According to Wiki ...
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Karma & Rebirth: If you're too attached to your pet and are reborn as that pet, what happens to your karma?

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam a.k.a Bhāgavata Purāṇa, King Bharata a.k.a Jaḍa Bharata was reborn as a deer at some point because he was too attached to the deer which he adopted when it was still ...
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One's wife's or death of beloved ones can be the result of sins committed by ancestors?

My questions are. Sequential and untimely deaths in a family by accident can be the curse of one's forefathers ? Does one's jeevātmā wanders due to death in young age? Is there any remedy or ...
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What is chitta ? How can we purify it to make our life and afterlife peaceful?

How should we purify chitta so that our death and time after death can't be harmful or full of suffering for us. How someone can get peace with it?
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Death has a Theory?

I saw in movie "Final Destination Series" that if you cheat death once, the next time you would die in a more brutal way? So, according to many websites, it is done by grim reaper. But would this be ...
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What was the reason for Swami Vivekananda's Death?

I have always heard that because he was a pure celibate, and have never allowed his body to waste the best chemical on planet (sperm). According to Hinduism at least this reason does not make any ...
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How many times jeeva gets human birth?

As per Hinduism we get 84 lakh yoni time birth on this earth. So how many times we get birth as human being ? is it true that we get human birth only once out of 84 lakh yoni ? Please let me know If ...
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Reason to take head bath after death rituals

Why is it recommended that we take head bath on 10th or 11th day after death of family members?
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How did Sudama die?

The story of Sri Krishna and Sudama (Kuchela) is well known by everyone. But not much detail is known about Sudama after Sri Krishna alleviated his poverty. So, what happened after he was blessed ...
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Are there prohibitions regarding reading or hearing Garuda Purana and if yes which Scriptures mention them? [duplicate]

Among the 18 major Puranas one is called the Garuda Purana.Usually its recited during death rites . There is also a belief that it should only be recited during death rites and not in normal ...
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What should a Hindu son do after the death of his father? [duplicate]

I am the youngest son of 3 brothers and my father passed away yesterday. I went to the temple yesterday to seek the help of a pandit for funeral and cremation, when at the temple he mentioned that I ...
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If we had a death in the family ( fathers brother ) can we still conduct prayer ... such as kavady.. etc [duplicate]

If we had a death in the family ( fathers brother ) can we still conduct prayer ... such as kavady.. etc .... It as been over 4 months that he as passed away , what's makes me unsure is the house ...
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Do Hindus mourn the death of animals the same way they mourn their deceased relatives?

Hindus remain austere and refrain from participating in any religious ritual for a specified number of days (mostly 13) when any family member expires. The popular thought is that the home becomes "...
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If soul gets rebirth into another body, will pinda pradanam and shraddha rituals reach that soul?

I had a big doubt from many years, but didn't get a chance to get it clarified. As we all know punarapi jananam; punarapi maranam from Adi Shankaracharya's Bhaja Govindam which means until all of our ...
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Which Hindu scriptures discuss Kapāla Mokṣa?

If you ever attended a Hindu funeral or cremation, you will notice that it is customary to wait until the kapāla (skull) of the deceased cracks. I think this is taken as a sign of the deceased person'...
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Why shave hair after parents die?

Recently, a cousin of mine lost his father. Before conducting a ritual for the well being of his father's soul, he had to shave all his hair except for a bit at the back (choti). Why did he have to do ...
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What is the physiological criterion for death?

Modern medicine determines death by neurological criteria, but various religious groups may have reservations. For example, orthodox Jews require all vital functions to fail and do not consider a ...
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Is it true, only married people are cremated, non-married people are buried?

I need to know what are the situations that one should be cremated or buried in Hinduism. This is with reference to married or unmarried persons cremation process. If there is different rituals in ...
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Jyotisha-Shastra and prediction about death?

Does Jyotisha-Shastra have elaborate methods to predict death? If so, what is the method? I read in "Jaimini sutra" pertaining to astrology that there is a predictive method for death, but the method ...
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Did the 10th day or 11th day ceremony after the death of a close relative originate due to the Mahābhārata war?

I heard that, after the Mahābhārata war, Yudhiṣṭhira went into depression for having killed so many people. He did not like how the war ended. Then Bhīṣma advised him to conduct a Rājasūya yāga so he ...
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Rules regarding Sutaka?

Upon death of a person, who among the relatives are required to observe sutak? Except immediate family members, how many generations do observe Sutaka? How Generation is determined?
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Precedence in cremation rites

For a woman with two married daughters (with no children) but no husband, who is in-charge of the cremation rite? This site says the precedence goes to the eldest daughter, but it is highly unusual ...
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Presence of children at the time of death of parents?

What does Shastras/ Vedas prescribe in the matter of son/daughter being present near father/mother at the time of their death? I read somewhere it is required that a son be present with parent at the ...
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According to Hinduism, what do we carry into afterlife and next birth?

In our life we accumulate many things like memories, beliefs, knowledge, etc. But after death what do we actually carry from current life into afterlife, and what things will fill the next body after ...
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After dying, why are Saints buried instead of burning? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, a dead person's body is supposed to be cremated and no memorial should be erected over it. On the contrary, the body of a dead saint is buried and a memorial (i.e., Brindavan) ...
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Why women are not allowed to attend Funerals

Why are women not allowed at the shamshan ghat ? Can they perform the final rites of their parent if she is only child to their parents ?
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Dosha Pariharam for pretha janma

A person who attained pretha janma may come in dream and disturb. What is the Pariharam for that and in which purana it has been mentioned?
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Is Euthanasia considered morally right?

Is Euthanasia considered morally right? Is it acceptable under certain conditions, for example, if a person is in extreme pain?
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Rituals after death

Are the rituals like anta-yatra, agni sanskar, pindi- dan, tri-pindi shraddha and narayan nag bali mentioned specifically in pre manusmriti texts?
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why man is mortal? Suppose one person is very religious and very responsible family person as well.He is very much dedicated/ respectful to god and he loves his family very much and he don't want to ...
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Does the soul remain at home for 10 days after death?

When a person dies, what happens after that? Does he go to Yama Loka like this answer suggest: What happens after death? or he remains at "familiar" places for 10 days? Swami Sivananda says: The ...
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What is the significance of 11th day ritual after death?

After the death of a person,a ritual/ceremony will be held on the 11th day. What is the significance ? People from different community will held on different date such as on the 9th,14th or 16th day ....
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Why after the death of a family member or a close relatives they won't pray till the 11th day ceremony?

When my grandfather passed away, my family did not pray for 11 days till the 11th day ceremony. Also we were vegetarian during that period. I asked my family but I did not get a convincing answer. ...
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Crackers after Death in Hindu religion

Why are crackers burnt after a person dies in Hindu religion?
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Engagement (Nitchayathartham) after death of grandmother [duplicate]

I have a question about how Hindus (especially Tamil) deal with the engagement after the death of a family member. If an engagement was planned for in 6 month but tragically the grandmother (father's ...