The reason that crows are linked to Pitris (spirits of departed ancestors) is described in this excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. Once there was a Maheshwara Yagna (Shiva ritual) being conducted by Samvartta, brother of Brihaspati, on behalf of a king named Marutha. Since Brihaspati is the guru of the gods, the gods were in attendance. But ...
The same question has been asked by Yudhishthira to Bhishma in Mahabharata, Anushashana Parva, SECTION XCI.
"Yudhishthira said, 'By whom was the Sraddha first conceived and at what time? What also is its essence? During the time when the world was peopled by only the descendants of Bhrigu and Angiras; who was the muni that established the Sraddha? What ...
No. It doesn't support cow sacrifice though cow sacrifice is allowed during Yagnas.
Bibek Debroy's translation of BORI critical edition is critical edition of Mahabharta. You can read Anushasana Parva of BORI critical edition (Sanskrit) from here.
मासानष्टौ पार्षतेन रौरवेण नवैव तु | गवयस्य तु मांसेन तृप्तिः
मासानेकादश प्रीतिः ...
No, this is the wrong information given by Zakir naik. But I would like to thank him to read the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata or I want to give him a suggestion that he should read properly and then give any speech about our Hindu religion. Now I am showing the proper information about that chapter no 88 - 89 of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata ...
The book Dharma Bindu(Essence of all Dharma Shastras) quotes Daksha Prajapati,in the context of discussing "Sannyasa Dharma":
Dakshan Prajapati affirms:
Trimshatparaamstrim shadaparaan trimshacchhapara –tah paraan,
Sadyassannyasanaa deva narakaattraayete pitraan.
On account of Sanyasa of a person in a vamsha, Pitru Devatas of thirty
In my opinion, I don't think scriptures talks about the exact location of Mleccha Desha. Different people talks about it differently. Like in Kishkindha Kanda, Ramayana:
तत्र म्लेच्छान् पुलिन्दान् च शूरसेनान् तथैव च |
प्रस्थालान् भरतान् चैव कुरूम् च सह मद्रकैः || || ४-४३-११
कांबोज यवनान् चैव शकान् पत्तनानि च |
अन्वीक्ष्य दरदान् चैव हि...
Yes, Bhishma does say that in chapter 88 of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata:
Listen to me, O Yudhishthira, what those Havis are which persons conversant with the ritual of the Sraddha regard as suitable in view of the Sraddha and what the fruits are that attach to each. With sesame seeds and rice and barley and Masha and water and roots and fruits,...
According to Garuda Purana, it is said that when death occurs, the subtle body of a person leaves the gross body. Subtle body and his soul comes out and can see the servants of Yama and attendants of Lord Vishnu who are present there to take that person to Yuma Loka.
That Subtle body is almost the size of one's thumb. After death rituals get started at that ...
For a person who has committed suicide no Shraddha should be performed.
Manu Smriti 5.89. Libations of water shall not be offered to those who
(neglect the prescribed rites and may be said to) have been born in
vain, to those born in consequence of an illegal mixture of the
castes, to those who are ascetics (of heretical sects), and to those
Shraddha can be performed even by a Shudra too. In fact, as per the Smritis, it is one of the only two religious rites, that he is allowed to perform. So, it does not require the performer to be only a Brahmin to be considered qualified.
From the Yajnavalkya Smriti's (YS) Chapter 1:
[He should be](i.e a Shudra should be) devotedly attached to his wife,
First of all, does that imply there were no Shraads performed before
the Mahabharat times?
Now, that can not be true.
The ParAshara Smriti, for example, says that the Manu Smriti is the Smriti to be followed in Krita (or Satya) Yuga.
Krite tu mAnavA dharmAs tretAyAm gautamAh smritAhA | DwApare
shAnkhalikhitAh kalau parAshArah smritAhA ||
Shraddha karma and other karmas like sandhyavandanam etc are described in
Ghriya Sutras -: The sutras for domestic ritiuals
Ghriya Sutras are decided according to your vedic shakha if you are a dwija.
Following is the Description of Various Ghriya Sutras and the Vedas from which they are derived.
The Grihya Sutras do mention the rituals for all samskars but it is the Mahabharat that gives the original ritual that was performed for Shraadh ceremony. Mahabharat, Anushashan Parva, Section XCI mentions the original ritual to have been performed that began the practice of Shraadh:
"Bhishma said, 'Listen to me, O ruler of men (Yuddhishthira), as I tell ...
I wasn't sure if the Sorha Shraadh is the same as the regular Shraadh but I came across a nepali website stating the same so am going to elaborate more on the regular Shraadh rituals. The Mahabharat, Anushashan Parva, Section XCI mentions the origin of the practice of Shraadh and also gives some do's and dont's about the food items. I am sharing with you the ...
From Om Viṣṇupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami:
According to the rules and regulations of fruitive activities, there is a need to offer periodical food and water to the forefathers of the family. This offering is performed by worship of Viṣṇu, because eating the remnants of food offered to Viṣṇu can deliver one from all kinds of sinful actions. Sometimes the ...
P.V.R Narasimha Rao uploaded PDFs in his website here which describe simple yet complete methods of doing Pitru Tarpana.
You can download one such PDF from here (it is describing the process in short).
First we have to do the Sankalpam like this:
om adya çubha dine çubha muhürte devarñipitåprétyarthaà
devarñipitåtarpaëam yathäçakti kariñye|
Mahabharat, Anushashan Parva, Section XCI mentions the original ritual that began the practice of Shraadh:
"Bhishma said, 'Listen to me, O ruler of men (Yuddhishthira), as I tell thee how the Sraddha was introduced, the time of such introduction, the essences of the rite, and the Muni who conceived it. From the Self-born Brahman sprang Atri, O thou of ...
There is a process of pitru shrAddha as per the tantra. But it is a restricted process hence not known open to general public but only the initiates or dikshitas.
kaulashrAddha is the annual ceremony performed for dIkShita pitR by the son who necessarily is also a dIkShita. Nevertheless, kaulashrAddha can be done by any dIkShita for any other diseased ...
I think it's Garuda Maha Puraanam.
Which has 315 units not just 19 units of pretha kalpa. I couldn't find any other better source of Hindu knowledge which is related to jeevathama's travel after the death and explanation of Yamaloka and Pitru devatha knowledge, and the rites during after the death of a man, explanation of different narakas than this. Infact ...