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Murtis or idols of Hindu Gods and Paintings to be auctioned by Christie’s in September 2009

Christie’s, one of world’s leading art business and a fine arts auction house, is auctioning several murtis or idols of Hindu gods and paintings on September 16, 2009 at New York. A red sandstone figure of a Yakshi from the 12 century Chandela period is expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000. An important black granite figure of Nandi South India from 13th century Chola period is expected to fetch between $100,000 - $150,000.Some of the paintings that are part of the auction depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharat, Bhagavad Purana and other Hindu scriptures. The auction prices of these rare painting ranges from $1000 to $30000.Murtis of Shiva, Vishnu, Goddess Ganga, Ganesha, Goddess Durga, Devi, Goddess Parvati, Kamadeva, Lord Vamana and of numerous other deities and paintings are part of the auction.Most of these paintings and murtis of Hindu gods were stolen from India and South Asian countries during the British rule and many after Indian independence. What is baffling…

Pinda Daan Ritual Dedicated to the Dead

Pinda Daan is an important ritual dedicated to the dead in Hinduism. Offering Pindas (Pinda Daan) helps the soul of the dead person to achieve Moksha. Pinda Daan 2017 during Pitru Paksha begins on September 6 and ends on September 19. It is believed that after Pinda Daan ritual the soul of the dead person severs his/her attachment with the materialistic world and attains liberation and merges with the Supreme Soul. Pinda Daan during Pitra Paksha fortnight in Ashwin month is considered the apt period to satisfy an unsatisfied spirit.

Varanasi (Kashi), Gaya, Gokarna and many places along the banks of River Ganga are chosen to perform Pinda Daan ritual during Pitru Paksha fortnight.

Pinda Daan ritual is performed with the help of a learned priest or acharya. The rites during Pinda Daan ritual varies from region to region and also depend on the mode of death. Special rites and rituals are performed for unnatural deaths like suicide, accident, murder etc.