September 4, 2019

What is the traditional purpose of performing death anniversary?

Traditionally, Hindus memorize the dead with a death anniversary called Shraddha ceremony. If we deeply analyze the word “shraddha”, then we come to know that Shraddha is coming from a word meaning “faith”.  The pandit for rituals in Varanasi of Tirth Kshetra Purohit conducts the death anniversary to help the departed soul live a smooth life in their next reincarnation.  As noted by the pandit for puja in Varanasi and their beliefs that performing death anniversaries are very much important not only for the future perspective of the dead person but also for the smooth continuation welfare of the living. 

Traditional Purpose

According to Hindi mythology, in a reincarnation of the birth cycle, death and rebirth, when a departed soul departs the body after death, it requires to move into an astral plane to await its next incarnation after Pind Daan in Varanasi. The three preceding generations of the deceased individual have existed there in the plane.

According to pandit for asthi visarjan in Varanasi, after asthi visarjan, the deceased soul enters the plane, the oldest generation moves into their rebirth.   After the death of an individual, the soul is lingered around its living family and cause them harm until the shraddha is done, letting the departed soul move into the astral plane. Take the purohit services in Varanasi through Tirth Kshetra purohit to do the puja in Varanasi.  

  Immediate Shraddha Service

After the death, immediately the family members gather for the celebration of the deceased person. During the shradh in Varanasi, the pandits offer rice balls (pinda) to the dead members of the family. Then a Hindu pandit offers four rice balls also. Among those four rice balls, one is large and offers to the recently deceased while the remaining three are comparatively small and offers to the proceeding generations awaiting reincarnation. The large ball, offering to the recently deceased soul is divided into smaller pieces. It signifies how the deceased soul is reunited with their ancestors. After the ritual, the rice is then fed to the cow, crow or fish. After all these rituals, you can go for asthi visarjan in Varanasi. 

Annual Shraddha Service

The annual death anniversary for the deceased soul is similar to the rites conducted immediately after death.  In order to make a panda providing to both the recently deceased soul as well as the other ancestors, family members bring a pandit into the home. Whatever we are offering are the nutrients for the soul which has gone the number of ceremonies after the death. As per the Telugu pandits in Varanasi, as long as the sons of the deceased soul are living, the yearly death anniversary should be conducted.

Men and Women

Traditionally, men conduct the death anniversary rituals in Varanasi. This ritual creates a “stumbling block” for families those have no sons. Also, when shradh in Varanasi is conducted, it is normal for a son to mention the names of males in his ancestral lines of his family when making an offering.  

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