Shradh in

Haridwar

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:

Shradh Pujas are said to be conducted with devotion and respect on the banks of the Ganga in the holy city of Haridwar in order to assist the souls rest in peace and bless their kin with confidence, tranquilly, and prosperity. It is one of the most essential ceremonies because it provides an everlasting means to honour deceased maternal and paternal ancestors. The purpose of this puja is to not only pay tribute but also to worship the almighty for providing moksha to the souls who have passed away.

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 Shradh puja is performed on Har ki Pauri, Haridwar’s renowned and holy place of worship. These ghats, which are positioned on the banks of the Ganges, serve as a landmark for such pujas in Haridwar’s holy city.

Yes, if you are unable to visit physically, you can opt for online shradh. It is completely fine and is considered the preferred choice for many.