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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What are the consequences of not doing shraddha for the departed ancestors?

I have heard people say that they can be bad. Are there ways to compensate for missed Shraddhas?
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Do all Non-Hindus remain as Pretas after death?

The Jivatma will remain as a Preta unless Śrāddha is done, but non-Hindus do not perform Śrāddha.
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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 do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?

How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?
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Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy?

Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy? How many generations of ancestors are counted as Pitru Devatas?
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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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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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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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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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How is Aryama linked to the Pitrs, and how is his role different from Yama's?

It is said that the Vedic god Aryama, the son of Aditi, is the foremost among the Pitrs or manes. This has also been stated by Lord Vasudeva in the 10th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita: अनन्तश्चास्मि ना...
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What scriptures say about sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths?

Is sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths such as suicides, accidents prescribed in scriptures? Some random sources say it's not allowed, and few say it should be done on Amavasya. ...
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Can the bad effects of not performing Shradhha Paksha be avoided through Hari Nama?

If a person for some reasons forgets or is not able to do Shradhha Paksha of his ancestors, but does lots of Namajapa or chants Hari-nama lots of times in his life everyday, does he still get the ill ...
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A couple without a son (in any form) is never freed from the Pitṛ Ṛṇa and becomes a preta?

In this QnA discussion, we have a remedy for couples who lack a son to clear off their "ancestor debt - " Manu Smriti: 9.127. He who has no son may make his daughter in the following manner ...
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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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Is it true that after offering Gaya Shraddha, the annual Shraddha ceremony need not be done any more?

I recall hearing this from several people.
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