What is Pind Daan?
Pind Daan is a Hindu concept that the human spirit remains in this worldly realm after death. Just because of body loss (because of death) someone can’t get rid of this planet. The pull of love, kindness, affection for his family, friends, family etc. and the affinity for the materialistic world prevent him from going towards the extreme and the end. As a consequence, man (without a body) suffers in a bodiless state. But he doesn’t want to do much. You can’t or will not liberate yourself from this materialistic environment. The Hindu beliefs of ‘PINDA DAAN’ Give them an ultimate relaxation and open the road to the ultimate realm of peace. Pind Daan is seen as a compulsory rite that the departed spirits perceive to be salvation. All devoted Hindus have an obligation.
Who can perform the ceremony?
Typically Pind Daan is conducted by male children (sons) and other male relatives such as brothers, fathers, grandchildren etc. If there are no close relatives who can or are ready to do Pind Daan, women relatives can also conduct Pind Daan, such as daughters, mothers, grandchildren, etc. In the event of male relative Pind Daan/Gaya Shrad, women and their brothers, husbands, fathers, grandparents etc. can participate fully and equally in the whole ritual. Women should also accept an additional responsibility of carrying out donations in the memory of their ancestry and urging the whole family to make, feed starving cows, etc. throughout the year.
Pind Daan’s right to perform can also be passed from person to person. This means that you can do Pind Daan not only for your own family.
Where Pind Daan can be conducted?
Gaya is seen to be an excellent site for shraadha to carry out its cleansing capabilities. Both Ramayan and Mahabharat have mentioned the place as Gayapuri. Pind daan is prepared from flour and balls of wheat and oat. In Gaya there are now roughly 48 venues for pind daan.
Varanasi – Another Pitri Paksha ceremonial destination. The asthi visarjan or shraadh are traditionally and religiously conducted at Holy Ganges in Kashi ji.
Allahabad: The Prayag is a place where many sacred rivers such as Ganga and Yamuna meet. Pitru Pakshi mela starts with Bhadra Shuklapaksh’s “Anant Chaturdashi” day. There are religious events here every year, where millions of people attend.
How much does it cost to perform pind daan?
While it is highly subjective, you may expect to pay between INR 11000 and INR 21000 for a thorough puja performed for your mental fulfilment. Alternatively, you may pay a budget amount ranging from INR 2100 to INR 7100. Be cautious when quoting the priests’ amount during the mantra’s recitation to tie you by a vow (sankalpam) for the Pind Daan, lest you be obliged to pay more than your budget allows.
Maintain sufficient INR 100/10 rupee notes to pay the pandas and to gift to beggars and cleaning employees who may approach you for alms/charity.
Cost of food (Brahman Bhoj)
A Brahmin Bhoj is an ancient tradition of feeding Brahmins, since they represent God, in order to obtain the blessings of our pitrus. Brahman Bhojan is a vital ritual in which brahmins are fed on various occasions including as
During the yearly Shradh Ceremony
During Barsi Ceremony
Any Occasion of Pitru Pujas
We won’t charge any extra amount for brahman bhoj, it is included in the package mentioned above.
Time taken to do Pind Daan
The puja normally takes around three hours; once it is completed, you can distribute food to the underprivileged people in the surrounding area.