Pind Daan in UK could be a hectic task as no prominent places are present there for conducting this ritual.
What is Pind Daan?
Pind Daan is the Hindu concept that the human spirit remains in this worldly realm after death. Just because of body loss (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 a compulsory rite that the departed spirits perceive as salvation. All devoted Hindus have an obligation.
Who can perform the Pind Daan in UK?
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 Shradh, 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 entire 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 you can do Pind Daan for your own family.
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.
Where can Pind Daan be conducted?
Gaya: is seen to be an excellent site for shradh 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, which millions of people attend.
Badrinath: It is claimed that if a Pind Daan is performed in the name of our ancestors at Brahma Kapal, Badrinath, they will be released from the cycle of rebirth.
The decedent achieves moksha by performing ancient scriptures’ rites and paying homage to his or her deceased forefathers (salvation). It is said that ancestors received Moksha after doing the Pind daan at Badrinath.
Haridwar: From Haridwar, the most famous of India’s holy rivers, the holy river Ganga or Ganges River, begins to flow. Hindu worshippers flock to the river to take a dip or bathe in its waters, believing that doing so cleanses them of worldly sins and brings them closer to salvation, or moksha.
Hindu rites for the dearly dead are commonly performed along the Ganges River and its banks. The Pind Daan is one such rite.
How do people from England or the UK avail of this service?
All of us at Prayag Pandits believe that paying respect to our ancestors is a must for all Hindus all around the world. We encourage people to have shradh poojan and pind daan poojan, this pitru paksha at the most prominent places in India like Gaya, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Badrinath, etc. You can check out our services by clicking here.
One can also book online pind daan and shradh poojan. Many people who are not able to come to India due to covid restrictions or personal reasons often book their poojan online. We conduct live poojan for them.