What is Shradh?
In Hinduism, shraddha, Sanskrit srddha, often written sraddha, is a ceremony held in memory of a deceased ancestor. All male Hindus are required to perform the ceremony, which is both a social and religious obligation (with the exception of some sannyasis, or ascetics). The significance placed on the birth of boys in India reflects the necessity to ensure that a male descendent would be available to execute the shraddha rite after one’s death.
For the departed father, grandpa, and great-grandfather, as well as the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, the rite is done. Its purpose is to nurture, protect, and sustain the dead’s spirits on their journey from the lower to higher realms, prior to their reincarnation and reappearance on Earth. Depending on caste customs, the rites are done between the 11th and 31st day following death, and at regular intervals thereafter. A shraddha ritual is held on the first year death anniversary to allow the departed (preta) to be inducted into the assembly of forebears.
Frequently Asked Questions:
It is being conducted for our dearly departed ancestors as part of the Shradh Pooja. The Braj ghat, located in Garh-Mukteshwar, is extremely important for ancestral rites. The month of Pitars is followed by a large influx of pilgrims from the northern area of India, particularly from the cities of New Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab, who come to Garh Ganga to conduct the Shraadh Pooja.
The eldest son gets the first privilege to conduct Shradh karma with Tarpan or Pinddaan to the ancestors, according to Hindu scriptures. Son can conduct Shradh with his wife after their marriage. If the elder son is deceased, the younger son can execute Pinddaan, Tarpan, and Shradh karma as well. In the absence of a son, Shradh karma might be performed by the grandchild of the son. If a person does not have a son, his siblings might carry out Shradh karma on his behalf. The daughter’s son has the right to conduct Shradh karma if the individual has exclusively daughters.
The best place to conduct Shradh Pooja is on the banks of River Ganga at Brij Ghat. There are many important points on the ghat itself, where shradh is performed. But the best place to perform shradh is at the banks of river ganga near the Shri Falhari baba ji maharaj ji temple. This place is serene and is free from the heavy public flow.