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Can women perform Shradh?

Yes, women can perform Shradh rituals. Daughter, wife, sister and daughter-in-law of a person can perform Shradh. Some communities deny the right to perform Shradh to women and this is the result of ignorance and due to chauvinistic attitude.

Society and community as a whole should support women who come forward to perform the last rites of family members and relatives.
As per Sanatana Dharma there is no different between and sons and daughters. Supreme Truth resides in all living beings and discrimination of a living being in any form is equal to discriminating God.

Pitru Paksh Shradh and Pinda Daan at Gaya Vishnupad Temple

One of the holiest places considered for performing Pinda Daan and Pitru Paksh Shradh – the annual rites and rituals for dead ancestors, parents and relatives – is the VishnupadTemple at Gaya dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The popular belief is that Lord Ram and Mata Sita performed Pitr Paksha Shraddh and Pinda Daan for King Dasharath at VishnuPadTemple on the banks of FalguRiver.
FalguRiver is one of the tributaries of GangaRiver and the VishnuPadTemple which has the foot-prints of Lord Vishnu attracts nearly half-a-million devotees during the Pitru Paksh Shradh in Ashwin month (September – October).
Legend has it that VishnupadTemple was endowed with the power to cleanse devotees of their earthly sins by Lord Vishnu. Therefore it is believed that funeral ceremonies and Shradh rites performed here will help the dead ancestors achieve moksha.
The Pitru Paksha rituals at GayaVishnupadTemple are held on the banks of FalguRiver.

Bhakta Ganapati – One of the 32 forms of Ganesha

Bhakta Ganapati is one of the 32 forms of Ganesha. This is a calm and serene form of Ganesh. It is believed that praying to Bhakta Ganapathi helps in controlling temper. Bhakta Ganapati mantra is Nalikeramarakadali guda payasa dharinam! Sharat chandrabha vapusham bhaje bhakta ganadipam.

In murti form, Bhakta Ganapati is depicted has having white color. He has four hands – holding coconut, mango flower and pot of sweet – payasam.

Meditating on Bhakta Ganapati is ideal for keeping mind calm. It is also believed that this form of Ganapati protects devotees from dangers.

Muka Pancha Sathi – Information about Mookapanchasathi Text

Muka Pancha Sathi is a very popular devotional text in Sanskrit and it is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi. Mookapanchasathi consists of 500 verses and glorifies the divine beauty of Goddess Kamakshi who resides in Kanchipuram. It is believed that the text was composed by Muka.
Legend has it that the author of Muka Pancha Sathi was named so because he was born Muka – dumb. But with the grace of Say Vidyaghna he began to speak.
The author was also a mentally weak person but with the blessing of Goddess Kamakshi he became a great poet.
Mookapanchasathi Text is divided in five sections of a hundred verses each:
Mandasmita Shataka – is dedicated to the smile of Goddess Kamakshi.
Karaksha or Kataksha Shataka – is dedicated to her side glance.
Padaravinda Shataka – is dedicated to her lotus feet
Arya Shataka – is dedicated to her divine attributes
Shuti Shataka – praises her universal glory

Maka or Bhringraj Leaf in Shradh Rituals

Bhringraj leaf is widely used in Shradh Rituals in some regions. Bhringraj is known as Bhangra, Maka in Marathi, Kayyunni in Malayalam, Karisalaankanni in Tamil and Garugada Soppu in Kannada. It is used to restrain the Rajasic and Tamasic particles that stop the free movement of pitrus from their world to earth.

Maka or Bhringraj leaf is basically used to purify the atmosphere.


Bhringraj leaf is offered in worship to Pitrus and Tulsi leaf is offered to Gods. Both help in incident free travel of pitrus to earth. They create positive energy and destroys all negative energy.
In short, Bhringraj helps in the successful completion of the Shradh ritual. It is a must in many regions.

Raul Maharaj Jayanti at Kudal – Birth Anniversary of Raul Maharaj

Raul Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Ashwin month. It is the birth anniversary of Raul Maharaj a great saint and philosopher who spread the teachings of love and humanity. Raul Maharaj Jayanti 2018 date is October 24.

People believed that Raul Maharaj had divine powers. He traveled to many villages helping people.

A temple dedicated to Raul Maharaj is located at Pinguli near Kudal in Maharshtra.
Raul Maharaj Jayanti is observed on Ashwin Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sapindikaran Shradh

Sapindikaran Shradh is an important Shradh ritual for some Hindu communities. It is performed one day before the one year completion of death of the person.

After this ritual, the soul of the dead person joins other Piturs and then gets further categorized as Parvan.
The soul of the dead person gains authority to allow his/her descendants to perform Parvan Shradh.

Pitur in Hinduism – Meaning and Definition of Pitr in Shradh

Pitur or Pitr is a term associated with Shradh rituals in Hinduism. When a human being dies, its subtle body gets free from the dead body after performing the ritual of Shradh. Then it gets a position in the subtle plain meant for souls of dead people.
When the dead person enters the world meant for souls it is known as Pitur or Pitr.

Pitrs or Pitrukal is the term used to refer to various ancestors.

Origin of Pindadaan – Worship of Pinda in Shradh

Origin of Pindadaan, or worship of Pinda, which is part of Shradh rituals is found in the Shantiparva of Mahabharat. The Varaha incarnation of Lord Vishnu introduced the concept of Pinda to the world. Pinda means a rice bowl.

Legend has it that he created three Pindas from his molar tooth and placed it on darbha grass facing south direction.

The three pindas are representatives of father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He then performed ritualistic worship of Pindas with sesame or til seeds.

The worship of Pinda for deceased ancestors began under the guidance of Varaha.
Pindadaan is mentioned in the Yajurveda and Gruhya Sutra.

Who are the presiding deities of Shradh?

The presiding deities of Shradh are Vasu, Rudra, Aditya, Pururav, Aardrav and Dhurilochan. They are invoked while offering Shradh.

Mantras chanted and rites performed during the Shradh connect with the deities.

The deceased person is considered as a follower of Vasu, his/her parents of Rudra and his/her grandparents of Aditya.
Ancestors – father or mother, grandfather or grandmother or great grandfather or great grandmother – are considered as representatives of Vasu, Rudra and Aditya. Their names are pronounced as representatives of the above said deities.

Book – Saints and Sages of India in 4 Volumes

Book titled “Saints and Sages of India” in 4 Volumes is a comprehensive and massive work on the lives and teachings of thousands of sages belonging to Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). This noteworthy effort is the result of fifteen years of research and hard work by Dr. K. Subramaniam and Dr. S. Sundaram. The book is published by Vidyuth Publications, Chennai.



Apart from history, the book unravels the teachings and philosophies of the saints of more than 1000 sages. The book also explores famous Hindu religious organizations in India.

“Saints and Sages of India” is divided into four volumes:
The first volume is dedicated to Rishis of ancient India, Shankara, Ramanuja, Madhava, Nimbarka, Vallabha and Chaitanya.The second Volume is dedicate to Nayanmars, Shaivism and Shaiva Adheenams, Siddha and The Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission.Volume Three presents Sages in alphabetical order from A to OVolume Four presents Saints in alphabetical order from P to Z
Saints and Sages of India in 4 Volumes in E…

Apasavya – Shifting of Sacred thread from left to right shoulder

Janeu, the sacred thread worn by Hindus, is shifted from left to right shoulder during Shradh ceremony and this is known as Apasavya.

Janeu is known as Yagnopavitam. It is known as Poonol in Malayalam, Jandhyamu in Telugu, Janivaara in Kannada. It is also known as Bratabandha, Janivaara, Jandhyam, Poita, Lagun, Yagyopavit, Yonya and Zunnar.
Apasavya means from the left.

Hindi Mantra for Desire Fulfillment - Mantra in Hindi Language for Having Dreams Fulfilled

Below is a prayer in Hindi language for desire fulfillment. Anyone can chant this mantra for getting his or her dreams fulfilled. All sorts of career problems will be solved with this mantra. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Telugu Mantra for Desire Fulfillment - Mantra in Telugu Language for Having Dreams Fulfilled

Below is a prayer in Telugu language for desire fulfillment. Anyone can chant this mantra for getting his or her dreams fulfilled. All sorts of career problems will be solved with this mantra. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Tamil Mantra for Desire Fulfillment - Mantra in Tamil Language for Having Dreams Fulfilled

Below is a prayer in Tamil language for desire fulfillment. Anyone can chant this mantra for getting his or her dreams fulfilled. All sorts of career problems will be solved with this mantra. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.