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Sraddha (Sanskrit: श्राद्ध) is the ritual that one performs to pay homage to one’s 'ancestors', especially to one’s dead parents.

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Does doing Pithru Tharpana in Kasi and Rameswaram reduces evil effects to the doer?

Legend says that doing pithru tharpana in kasi and from there directly going to Rameswaram and performing the pithru tharpana is good and it reduces evil effects to the doer. Any substantiative ...
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Shraddha performance by host (himself)

Whether 'Shraddha' can be performed by the 'yajaman' (host) himself if he is a Brahmin? The purpose of asking this is now a days it is difficult to get a Brahmin who performs this 'sincerely', ...
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Who should perform shraddha/funeral ceremony of a married women whose husband is still alive

According to shastra (specifically to Brahmin, no offence to others though) who should perform funeral and post death rituals of a married women whose husband in still alive (they call muttaide in ...
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Tarpana mantras and their literal meaning word by word

I wanted to understand the tarpana mantras all inclusive after sankalpam ... starting from asking the pitrus to sit on koorcha and giving the manes oblations to asking them to leave and come when ever ...
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Do scriptures prescribe what dues must be paid to the dead?

I believe immediately after death, the Preta (the one that has been sent) has to be guided to heaven with rituals and mantras. Are there similar rules about the shraddha ceremony also?
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Shraddha Ritual - On Pindadaan and its offering locations

I have heard that Pindadaan is given in Gaya. Why can't "any place" be suitable for Pindadaan? Does Gaya (or Pinda-eligible places) contain any sort of spiritual momentum or subtle spiritual forces, ...
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Is there a shrAddha ceremony as per agama? (if any)

We very well know about the shrAddha ceremony in our tradition which is done for the pitr/manes. It is towards their departed souls. Every year it is done during the pitru paksha. However, apart ...
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What is the story of the origin of Sraadha ritual?

As I asked in this question the story of Karna from Mahabharat is given in many portals for the origin of the ShrAdh ritual but as is apparent from the discussions on it this seems unlikely since the ...
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How can Karna, the son of a god, be associated with the origin of Pitri Paksh?

I was checking out the legends associated with the Pitri Paksh or Shraadh rituals and it led me to the story of Karna which goes like this: When the legendary donor Karna died in the epic ...
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What are the expected rituals to perform during Sorha Sraddha(सोह्र श्राद्ध)?

I am a Nepalese hindu. So, Sorha Sraddha(सोह्र श्राद्ध) started yesterday. It is given a high importance in Nepal, probably also because it comes just before Dashain(Navaratri + vijaya dashami). But a ...
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Bad Effects of not performing Shradhha Paksha be avoided through Hari Nama?

If a person does lots of Namajapa or chants harinama lots of times in his life daily. For some reasons he forgets or not able to do Shradhha Paksha of his ancestors. Then does ill effects of this ...
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Which scripture says that a sannyāsi can liberate 21 generations of ancestors without performing the śrāddha?

As most people know when a Hindu takes up sannyāsa, he no longer performs the daily and other rituals like the śrāddha that normal householders do. Swami Chandrasekarendra Saraswati in the book Hindu ...
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What do Scriptures say about doing Puja/Archanas in “Mleccha Deshas”?

First of all, i need to know which countries are referred to as "Mleccha Deshas" in Hindu Shastras. The Vishnu Purana supposedly prohibits performance of Pitru Shraddhas in "mleccha deshas". Na ...
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Significance of death on Ganesh Chathurthi

If one's father expires on the same day as Ganesh Chaturthi, I would like to know if there's a significance attached to one's death on an auspicious day like the Ganesh Chaturthi. Secondly, as both ...
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Can women do Pitru Tarpanam?

Pitrus are our ancestors who have deceased.And "Tarpanam" means "to satiate". Pitru Tarpanam is done to please our deceased ancestors with offerings of black sesame seeds mixed with water. It can be ...
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Why do Hindus give the bhoz (party) after someone's death?

I am a Hindu but sometimes I really think what is going on in our religion. Someone lost his family member and gave bhoz (party) to all the relatives and brahmins. Why is this happening in Hindu ...
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What would be the authentic source for Śrāddha vidhi?

As the Wikipedia defines it: Śrāddha or Shraaddha (Sanskrit: श्राद्ध) is a Sanskrit word which literally means anything or any act that is performed with all sincerity and faith (Śraddhā). In ...
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Why do Hindus believe in doing 'Sraddha ' (annual death anniversary) of ancestors, even though they believe in the concept of rebirth?

'Sraddha' (death anniversary) is performed every year by Hindu. if the departed soul takes rebirth as believed, it is in some physical form . Then how does those rituals reach to ancestors? So some ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

In the following video, Dr. Zakir Naik says that Bhishma Pitamaha tells Yudhishtira that sacrificing a cow will satisfy their dead ancestors for a period of 1 year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Why do people feed to crow during Sraddha? [duplicate]

People do Sraddha for dead elders ( specially parents ). After finishing the pooja & giving dakshina to Bramhana the last step is to feed the crow. So What is the importance to feed the crow for ...
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Why are crows considered to be a link to our pitris (spirits of ancestors)?

In Devasams (srardham) or annual memorial ritual performed to the deceased, rice is fed to crows. I was told by elders at home that the crows represent our Pitris. What is the reason behind crows ...