This is the Hindu belief that after the death, soul of human being still remains in this materialistic world. Just because of the loss of body (due to death) they cannot detach themselves from this world. The pull of Love, kindness, affection for their family, friends, relatives etc. and the affinity for the materialistic world prevent them to go for the extreme and ultimate departure. As a result, being a bodiless state they (without body) get pain. They want to do many things but cannot. They cannot or even do not want to make themselves free from this materialistic world. ‘PIND Dan’ according to Hindu Belief Gives them an ultimate relief and paves the way for their departure to the ultimate world of Peace.
Gaya is extremely Holy place for offering of Pinds.Pinds are offered in personalised way on your behalf on the Foot print of Lord Vishnu, on Akshya Bot and beside the River Falug maintaining proper Hindu religious customs so that the Departed soul of the Dead persons rest in peace permanently. In many cases it is happened that if someone is died unnaturally (unnatural death due to accident, suicide, murder or get killed) then his/her unsatisfied spirit cannot go to the super natural world and comes to this materialistic world again and again and sometimes try to frighten people in many ways.
Better Days for Gaya Shraddh or Pind Dan at Gaya Pind Dan can be done all the year but it is better to perform Gaya Pind Dan during auspicious 18days pitri paksh mela or 7days, 5days, 3days or 1day Amawasya with Krishna paksh in any month. The auspicious 18 days shraddh or Pitripaksha mela is considered best days for offering oblations to the departed forefathers or any departed Family members.
This Auspicious 18days comes in every year in the month of September or October. An estimated 5, 00,000 to 75, 00,000 pilgrims arrive in the Gaya city during the Pitripaksh Mela for Gaya shraddh or Pind Dan. Earlier pind Dan was performed around the year. There were 360 platforms where pind Dan was done with wheat and oat flour mixed with dried milk.
Pind Dan is also performed symbolically with mud balls. Presently pind Dan is performed at Vishnu temple, Akshay, Vat, Phalgu and Punpun River, Ramkund, Sitakund, Brahm Mangalpuri, Kagbali, and with the five pilgrimages they together make 48 platforms where pind Dan is performed.
Three Rituals performs (1) Snan and sankalpa (2) Pind Dan (3) Tarpan “In Vayupuran, according to a narration titled Gaya Mahatam, Brahma created a demon named Gayasur. The demon went to the Kolahal Mountain and offered great penance to Lord Vishnu.
Pleased with Gayasur, Lord Vishnu asked him to seek one blessing. So,Gayasur requested that whoever came in touch with him – be it an angel or a demon, an insect, a sinner, a saint or a sage, or an evil spirit – should find salvation after having been purified of all sins. From that day everyone who came in touch with him found salvation and proceeded to Vaikunth dham (abode of Lord Vishnu).” It is believed that Lord Brahma performed the pind daan ceremony in Gaya. Since then this tradition is going on. Offering pind daan during the dark fortnight of Ashvin is of special significance. Symbolically a pind is a round ball made of a mixture of wheat and rice flour with some sesame seeds mixed along with some milk and honey. Seven balls are made out of 100 grams of flour. Of these, one is offered to the deceased and the rest to others as desired. “All forefathers appreciate a pilgrimage to Gaya by their successors. Once the pind daan is performed in Gaya, one achieves salvation. One becomes free of rebirth. If one visits Gaya even once and offers pind daan, the forefathers become free from hell and other dreadful destinations and achieve salvation.” In the Kurmpuran it is also said that whoever goes to Gaya for pind daan is blessed and seven generations from the paternal and maternal side are benefited along with the personal self who achieves salvation.
Only a son or another male relative is authorised to offer pind daan. However, in 1985, the Brahmins of Mithila authorised women relatives also to offer pind daan. It is said that once Sita (Wife of Lord Rama) too offered pind daan after Dasrath (Father of Lord Rama) died. Lord Rama Chandra came to Gaya to offer Pinda Daan to his Father Dashratha? It is believed that Rama belonged to Treta Yuga which covered 12, 96,000 mortal years. After Treta, Dwapar Yuga came covering 8, 64,000 mortal years. This is the kal Yuga. The period is to cover another 4, 32,000 mortal years. Rama came to Gaya for offering oblation to his deceased father more than 12 lakh years ago. And then the pinddaan in GayaJi practice for the salvation of a soul was in vogue since long and still continues to be an integral part of Hindu mythology. Besides Rama, other Mythological personalities who visited Gaya for the pind daan purpose are the Raja Yudhistra, Bhishma Pitamaha, Marichi (Brahma’s son) and others. In the great epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, the place has been identified as Gayapuri.
Importance of Gaya Shraddh or Pind Daan and PitraDosh Nivaran Many times you must have seen that you and your family are suffering a lot of problems.
Despite of doing a lot of efforts like pooja and other tantra mantra you could not get over the situation. Have you ever ponder that may be it is due to your pitra dosa which your family is suffering since a long time. It is believed that departed souls crush their family members and create different types of difficulties to their parents or children like losses in business regularly, sickness of any people and create difficulties in any type of Good Work; this is known as Pitra Dosh. According to Vedic Astrology any people of the family have to perform Gaya shraddh or pind daan in Gaya for Pitra Dosh Nivaran and for the salvation of their ancestors or to give peace to their ancestors and to send their ancestors under the foot of lord Vishnu. After doing Gaya shradddh or pind daan in gaya all the difficulties which their ancestors is creating are removed because the souls of their ancestors get moksha or peace under the foot of lord Vishnu, And their ancestors blessed him as well as help in the progress of the family.