Pind Daan Pooja


A pind as per Hindu religious text is something that is in a circular form. And, this is how pind daan got its name in which food made in circular-ball form is offered to the soul by his/her relatives during shradh karma.

The material that is used to prepare pind during shradh is made up of kneading rice or barley flour. These pinds are made in circular form and is offered to the deceased during pind daan karma.

We offer to perform these rituals via Zoom on the banks of Pushkar lake or the Holy Ganges to bring peace carrie out by renowned pandits.

This year Pitru Paksha is from 22nd September to 6th October

Pind Daan Pooja

The meaning of pind daan:

A pind as per Hindu religious text is something that is in a circular form. And, this is how pind daan got its name in which food made in circular-ball form is offered to the soul by his/her relatives during shradh karma.

The material that is used to prepare pind during shradh is made up of kneading rice or barley flour. These pinds are made in circular form and is offered to the deceased during pind daan karma.


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Importance of Pind Daan

Below are some reasons for pind daan being so important rituals:

Post-death, when souls are still wandering on earth get peace when pind daan is offered to them by their relatives.

Pind daan brings freedom to deceased those having a materialistic inclination and finding it difficult to leave the earth and their loved ones.

It is believed that post pind daan souls are relived from the torchers of hell leading him/her to Moksha.

Relatives of the deceased offering pind daan receive the blessings by the soul, which is believed to have the strongest positive influence in one’s life.

Pind daan brings success, peace, and prosperity to people’s life.


Why is pind daan important?

The sacred Vedic texts and other Hindu religious epics are the basis of the Hindu religion. They dictate the spiritual and religious obligations of Hindu followers. While the centre of Hindu religious fervour is the family, it is the sacred scriptures that shape the lives and destinies of Hindu families. Respect for family and ancestors is a pillar of Hinduism. The Hindu religion is filled with reverential worship and rituals to ancestors and departed loved ones. Most of these rituals are aimed to ease the journey of the Hindu soul towards final salvation after a series of deaths and rebirths. Some of these Hindu rituals and ceremonies are to usher in blessings of happiness and good fortune on the living family after appeasing the souls of ancestors and the gods. The Hindu way of life covers concepts of life and the afterlife in one continuous and seamless process.


During the Hindu’s lifetime, there are many rituals and ceremonies that they have to perform as religious obligations prescribed in the Vedic texts and other religious scriptures and epics. One of these mandatory rituals is the Pind Daan. Along with Asthi Visarjan or the immersion of the dearly departed’s ashen remains in the holy waters of the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi in northern India, Pind Daan is also a ritual performed for the dead. Like Asthi Visarjan, Pind Daan is also aimed to give relief to the departed soul as it journeys towards its next destination within the complete evolutionary process. The ritual helps the soul cut its ties and attachments with the material human body because holding back on this detachment causes the soul a lot of pain. Pind Daan is performed to let the soul move forward into peace.

Pind Daan involves the giving of daan through pinds, as well as the conduct of poojas, along the banks of the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi. The Hindus believe that the holy river Ganga purifies the departed soul so that it can ultimately attain salvation. Pind Daan helps in the process of achieving mukti or final emancipation from the Hindu cycle of deaths and rebirths. It assists in liberating the departed loved one’s atma or spirit from this cycle. The ritual also helps the soul transfer from Pretlok, or the spirit world where the human soul first goes after death and is marked with lots of suffering, to Pitralok which is the world of ancestors designated as a place where the soul can rest and attains peace after the completion of worldly existence.


The Hindus also believe that if the soul of the dearly departed does not leave Pretlok, it suffers tremendously and the lives of the surviving family are likewise disturbed. Hence, the family has to perform the Hindu religious ritual of Pind Daan in order to help the soul of their dearly departed move into Pitralok, as well as for their lives to have peace and prosperity.


Why is Asthi Visarjan Important?

In the Hinduism religious tradition for the dearly departed loved ones, the sacred writings such as the Vedas prescribe a final stage to achieve the complete repose of the Hindu mortal soul. The Hindu holy scriptures state that the soul’s journey does not become complete without the final resting homage. The religious obligation of Asthi Visarjan is performed in a prescribed manner and as soon as possible. Family and ancestors are very important to Hindu families, as much as religious obligations are. Asthi Visarjan for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) remains important to the surviving members of the family, no matter where in the world they are located and faced with the constraints of distance to any of the holy bodies of water in India where Asthi Visarjan is prescribed to be performed. We offer a way for Hindu families outside of India to fulfil the religious commitment of Asthi Visarjan.

It is required of the followers of the Hindu religion for the family to perform the Hindu sacred ceremony for the deceased. Asthi Visarjan is one of the most important of the obligatory religious ceremonies in the Hindu religion. All Hindu sacred texts prescribe that the person’s soul ends any connection with the physical and material human body after its demise. When the soul cuts off its ties, it begins its journey in evolution. The soul’s destination largely depends on its collective karma earned from all previous rebirths and reincarnations. When the process of evolution is completed, the soul finally merges and unites with God. To help the soul in this journey with less pain and suffering, as well as make it easier for it to reach its next destination, some last rituals for the Hindu dearly departed have to be performed. The person’s body has to be cremated and the bones and ashen remains have to be immersed in the flowing waters of any of the holy rivers, lakes, and ponds in India as prescribed by Hindu sacred texts and tradition. This process of immersion is called the Hindu ritual of Asthi Visarjan.


Asthi Visarjan Importance

Some Hindu families living outside of India can actually proceed to India and have the ashes of their dearly departed immersed in any of its holy waters, as well as have the other attendant ceremonies performed on site. However, not all Hindu worshippers are within easy, immediate, and timely access to their country. For non-resident Indians (NRIs) living outside India, families can still accomplish this obligatory Hindi ritual for the deceased and rest their minds that they have done their duty for the departed soul of their loved ones. Families can have the ashen remains of their loved ones sent to India where holy Hindu priests can perform the ritual of Asthi Visarjan right in the Ghats or sacred locations on the banks of the holy bodies of water in India as designated in Hindu scriptures and tradition.



Pind daan places

There are many places across India that has significance in the Hindu religion for Shradh karma.

Here are some of the famous places in India:

  • Bodhgaya, Bihar
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
  • Haridwar, Uttarakhand
  • Prayraj, Uttarakhand
  • Ujjain, MP
  • ​Jagannath Puri, Odisha 
  • Dwarka, Gujrat
  • Pushkar, Rajasthan

Among all, Gaya Ji is regarded as the most sacred place for pind daan.


Here is detailed guide of Gaya Ji and its significance:

Importance of Pind Daan in Gaya: Pitru Paksha Mela

Here are some of the reasons as to why Gaya is as important for pind daan as per Hindu belief:

Gaya has a strong rich history, let it be ancient, middle, or modern. Particularly, for Hindu, Gaya is the land of salvation.

As per Buddhist belief, Gaya is called the land of enlightenment when the Lord Buddha preached his teaching under the famous Banyan tree located in Bodhgaya.

Bodhgaya, not so far from Gaya (around 10 KM) is another important place for Hindus for pind daan offerings.

As per Hindu’s religious text, Lord Rama visited Gaya Ji around 12 lakh years ago during Treta Yuga to offer pind daan for his father Dasaratha.

Gaya organizes Pitru Paksha Mela (Ceremony) every year for 18 days during the month of monsoon seasons (September-October) for pind daan.

Lakhs of people around the world visit Gaya Ji during the months of pitru paksha mela to offer pind daan.

During Mahabharata, Gaya was known by the name of Gayapuri and got its name from the name of a demon called Gayasur who got the blessing of Lord Vishnu.

In the heart of Gaya flows the famous Falgu River which has the significance of offering pind then at its bank.

Gaya is very famous for the temple called Vishnupad which the prime location for people to offer pind daan.


How pind daan is done?

Pind daan is generally offered by the eldest male family members in the family. But in some cases, females are also allowed.

Pind daan is done after taking a holy bath at the river Falgu, Ganga, etc according to the place it is being performed.

It is required to wear white holy clothes during shradh karma like traditional dhotis, kurta, etc.

Pind daan is done offering rice, jaggery, sweets, etc under the guidance and mantras of brahmins.

The one who is performing shradh karma offers food and clothes to pandits and receive blessings from them. It is believed that pitra or souls get satisfied when pandits are fed during pind daan.

There are 43 vedis in Gaya which are covered during the pind daan process. The number of vedis to be covered is based on the types of pind daan you are performing.

Shradh should always be done in the afternoon and is regarded as the most appropriate time.




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