The Bihar State Government in
The Hindu Priests at
There is a popular belief that Lord Ram and Sita performed the Pinda Daan ritual at
Thousands of Hindus from across
"We fail to understand the motive to introduce online pinda daan. It is not possible because a devotee's physical presence is necessary to perform the rituals," Mahesh Prasad Gupta, a priest, told IANS.
Rajan Sijuar, another priest in this town, about 100 km from state capital
, said the government's decision to introduce online pinda daan was the "brainchild of those who have no knowledge of this ritual. Patna
"A man sitting in
Americaor Europecannot perform pinda daan online. This offering is only possible in , nowhere else". Gaya
Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi announced the government's decision to introduce a videoconferencing facility for Indians abroad for pinda daan in September 2009. Modi then said that to simulate the physical presence of the devotee, the rituals would be performed through videoconferencing.
Modi said the state tourism department was preparing a special "online pinda daan package for the devotees from this season".
In 2009, Pitru Paksha Shradh week begins on September 4 and ends on September 18.