Shradh Puja | Pind daan & Tarpan Puja for peace of departed soul


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Puja for peace of departed soul is done to pay respect to one's dead ancestors or forefathers in order to liberate them, please them and seek forgiveness from them. This ritual assists the spirits of one's ancestors find peace and go to the next world. Its purpose is to feed, protect, and assist the souls of the deceased on their journey from the lower to the higher realms, prior to their reincarnation and reappearance on Earth. Shradh is typically performed every year on the tithi (lunar day) of the individual’s death. If the tithi is not known and only the month is known, then the Shradh can be performed on the Amavasya (new moon) of that month. It can be alternatively performed in the period of Pitra Paksha which is a 16 day period that comes every year in Krishna paksh of Ashwin month on the tithi as per date of individual’s death or on the last day which is Sarva Pitru Amavasya or Mahalaya on which prayers for all ancestors can be performed.

It involves rituals of Tarpan, Pind daan, donations, prayer and mantra offerings. According to the Brahma Purana and other Vedic texts rituals performed for these souls assist them to find peace and go forward on their journey.

Origin and significance
The Hindu scriptures state that every person carries multiple types of spiritual “debt” in life, from the moment they’re born. Throughout his or her life, each individual must find a way to repay those debts. One debt is known as the “ancestral loan” or Pitru Runa. Shradh rituals give everyone the opportunity to make this “payment”. Hindu texts also state that three generations of ancestors from your family tree reside in an in-between realm called Pitriloka after death. For 16 days each year, during Pitru Paksha, the god of death, Yamraja or Yama frees the ancestors to accept gifts from their descendants. It is believed that through the medium of Shradh rituals, the performer can help them achieve salvation.

Shradh is a social and religious obligation imposed on all Hindus. The significance attributed to the birth of a son in India reflects the necessity to guarantee that a male descendent would conduct the Shradh ritual after one's death. Even women nowadays do Shradh for their ancestors. The ritual is carried out in memory of the dead father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as the deceased mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. It also liberates the family members or close friends who got untimely death through abortion, miscarriage, accident, suicide etc. Its purpose is to feed, protect, and assist the souls of the deceased on their journey from the lower to the higher realms, prior to their reincarnation and reappearance on Earth.

Shradh is performed in order for the spirits of the departed to find peace and freedom. It is done to satisfy and appease the unfulfilled wants of spirits stuck in this world as a result of strong cravings that remain in the soul even after death. The Shradh rites assist in liberating these spirits by cleansing them of all misdeeds, and attachments. The significance and relevance of Shradh puja is described in many Hindu Puranas, including Agni Purana, Garuda Purana, and Matysa Purana. According to the Garuda Purana, spirits who do not receive Pind daan, Tarpan, and other offerings roam aimlessly on Earth and create disturbance in life of their loved ones in order to seek attention.

Performing Shradh rites for the dead is regarded a meritorious deed, and it is thought that when one's ancestors are happy, even Gods are pleased, and the native is showered with benefits of peace, wealth, development, and the well-being of one's offsprings.

This is an individual puja that involves 51 Pitru-Tarpan, 51 Dev Tarpan, 51 Rishi Tarpan, and 16 Pind Daan. You can include the names of deceased soul(s) from your side as well as your name and gotra/birth information as the performer of this ritual. No sankalpa is required for this puja. The priests would include all other ancestors through puja sankalpa of ‘gyat and agyat’ meaning known and unknown.

Pitru Paksha Shradh Puja Benefits:
  • Blessings of healthy offsprings, pleasant family connections, and family development.
  • Relieves one of Pitru dosha
  • Blessings of financial stability and success.
  • Blessings of relief from bodily and mental illnesses and disorders.
  • Other malevolent consequences of Pitru Dosha are alleviated.

  • Pitru Paksha Shradh Puja Service Includes:
    Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana (Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Panchayatan pujan, Vishnu abhishek and pujan, Purusuktam recitation, Vishnu Sahasranama path, 51 Pitru-Tarpan, 51 Dev Tarpan, 51 Rishi Tarpan, 16 Pind daan, Pitru mantra japa 5100 times, Pind Visarjan, Donation to Brahmins, Feeding to Cows, Dogs, Crows & Poor (Panchgras).

    Pitru mantra:
    Om Devtabhya Pitrubhyaksha Mahayogibhya Avcha,
    Namaha Swadhayey Swahayey Nityomev Namo Namaha.

    ॐ देवताभ्यः पितृभ्यश्च महायोगिभ्य एवच |
    नमः स्वधायै स्वाहायै नित्यमेव नमो नम: ||

    Meaning: The mantra is a way of expressing reverence and respect to the divine forces, ancestors, and great yogis. It acknowledges their presence and seeks their blessings.

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    Duration: 1 day

    Since this is a Puja for the departed soul, no prasad is sent.

    Rudra Centre priests will perform Puja as per Vedic rituals based on birth details. Please mention the names of ancestors from your side as well as your name and gotra/birth information as the performer of the puja. Please specify 1) Name and Gotra(or birth details) of performer and 2) Name and Gotra( if known) of the deceased and your relationship with them. You can choose to specify names(if you know) of 3 generations of deceased ancestors from Father's and Mother's side. The priests will include all unknown ancestors in the sankalpa. No sankalpa is required for this puja from your side.

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