Shraddha rituals at Gokarna are considered very important during the first year of death. Online Shraddha can be performed in your absence also. In this case, learned Brahmin will represent and perform all rituals on behalf of you. Video clippings will be sent by mail or you can be present on live video.
Shraddha at Gokarna
Which literally means anything or any act that is performed with all sincerity and faith. In the Hindu religion, it is the ritual that one performs to pay homage to one’s ‘ancestors especially to one’s dead parents. Conceptually, it is a way for people to express heartfelt gratitude and thanks towards their parents and ancestors, for having helped them to be what they are and praying for their peace. It also can be thought of as a “day of remembrance.” It is performed for both the father and mother separately, on the days they became deceased.
It is performed on the death anniversary or collectively during the Pitru Paksha or Shraaddha paksha (Fortnight of ancestors), right before Sharad Navaratri in autumn.
Many people visit Hindu pilgrimage sites to perform, Shraadha ceremonies, like Gokarna (Karnataka) Haridwar, and Gaya.
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Why Shraddha is done?
According to Garuda Purana, after thirteen days of death soul starts its journey for Yamapuri and it takes seventeen days to reach there.
The soul travels through Yamapuri for another eleven months and only in the twelfth month, it reaches the court of Yamaraj. During the period of eleven months, it has no access to food and water. It is believed that Pinda Pradhan and Tarpan is done by the son and family members to satisfy the hunger and the thirst of the soul during its journey till it reaches the court of the Yamaraj.
Pind Pradhan at Gokarna
It is believed that to bring salvation to departed souls, Pind-pradhan is a must to do. Pind pradhan is followed by all Hindus or followers of the Hindu religion. Further, it is also believed that no work can be successfully performed without the blessings of ancestors and the doing of Pind pradhan invokes blessings of the dead ancestors. This pind pradhan helps the soul of the ancestor’s soul of the death to attain Moksha(Salvation).
What is Tripindi Shraddha (Pitru Dosha) Puja?
This is an offering in the memory of the dear departed, If for three consecutive years the offerings are not made to the dear departed then the dead gets vehement, so to calm them these offerings are made. This is also performed to fulfill our ancestors in terms of Anna, Vastra, and Dravya lobha.
When is Tripindi (Pitru Dosha) Puja performed?
Tripindi Shradha is an agreeable Pooja Vidhi in which offerings are made in the memory of the Ancestors. Sometimes we cannot perform the Shradha.
If this Shradh karma is not performed continuously for three years then the ancestors get angry, to satisfy ancestors a vidhi is to be performed that is known as Tripindi Shradha. On any day of Panchami, Ashtami, Ekadashi, Teras, Choudas or Amavas in any fortnight (Shukla or Krishna) of the month of Shravan, Kartik, Pousha, Magh, Phalgun, Vaishakh, doing Tripindi Shraddha is permitted by traditional science. Normally Sun remains in Virgo or Libra during 16th September to 15th November. During this period Pitars are allowed to freely come to the earth. Hence doing Tripindi during this period is more beneficial. In case of more problems, Tripindi should be done as per the guidelines given in the book of “Goda Vivekdarsha”.
Especially in Gokarna, Karnataka, Tripindi can be performed any time during the year.
Who should perform Tripindi (Pitru Dosha) Puja?
A couple of husband and wife are jointly entitled to do the Tripindi.
A widower is also entitled to do this.
An unmarried person can also do this formality.
A Hindu woman goes to the different family after her marriage. Hence she is not entitled to do the Tripindi or Shraddha.
for her parents; but she can do the Tripindi or Shraddha for those deacesed who were related to the family if her husband.
Note: Learned Brahman can represent Kartru/Performer which is the overriding factor for all the above-mentioned factors.
A brand new unwashed dress should be worn at the time of performing this formality.
How to perform Annual shraddha (Varshika Shraddha)
Time needed: 2 hours
Following are the steps for performing Annual shraddha rituals.
- Kalasha pooja
- Paada pooja
- Vishnu pooja and Vishnu Deva archane
- Pitru archane (pitru, pitha maha, prapita maha) (mata, pitha mahi, prapita mahi)
- Anna puja
- Brahaman aradhane
- Pind pradhan
- Daan and Bhojana
Types of Shraddha
Nityam / Daily Shraddha
Shraddha Performed every day is known as Nityam or Daily Shraddha. Normally this ritual performed by offering clean water and sesame seeds to the departed souls
Ekodishta /Annual/Varshik Shraddha
Performed every year on Hindu death anniversary. Normally done every year, who practice Hinduism.
Performed to get results for the specific purpose. Performed on specific day with reference to Hindu calendar
Performed to conceive or problems related to foetus. Normally done in the month of Magha as per the Hindu calendar
Performed for celebrations, success of events, etc. For example, marriage, birth of a baby etc. This is is also known as Vriddhi shraddha.
Performed at holy places like Gokarna, Gaya etc, on the banks of holy river or near holy pond like Koti tirtha Gokarna Karnataka.
Performed by offering money to the priests in the form of dakshina.
Performed by offering food to the priests in the form of dakshina.
Those people who do not have children or whose children are physically handicap and non-believers in afterlife rituals, they should perform for themselves when they are alive.
It is known as One Time shraddha for those who cannot perform every year, due to various reasons. At Gokarna we perform Gaya Shraddha.
Where to Stay in Gokarna?
We have our own staying facilities with satvik food. All rooms are attached bathrooms with western toilets.
Annual shraddha cost starts from INR 6000. Annual shraddha with homam starts from INR 8000. The cost will vary, depending upon the number of Brahmins, type of Bhojana, and Daan ( Cost inclusive of Food and Accommodation).