Shraddha rituals at Gokarna are considered very important during first year of the death.
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, Nashik and Gaya.
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Shraddha rituals at Gokarna .
Four stages are involved in performing Shraddha at Gokarna.
1 Vishwadeva Sthapana
4 Feeding the Brahmin
Why Shraddha is done?
According to Garuda Purana, after thirteen days of the 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 twelfth month it reaches to the court of Yamaraj. During the period of eleven months it has no access to the food and the water. It is believed that Pindadan and Tarpan done by the son and family members satisfy the hunger and the thirst of the soul during its journey till it reaches the court of the Yamaraj.
Pind Daan at Gokarna
It is believed that to bring salvation to departed souls, Pind-daan is a must to do. Pind Daan is followed by all Hindus or followers of Hindu religion. Further, it is also believed that no work can be successfully performed without blessings of ancestors and the doing of Pind Daan invokes blessings of the dead ancestors. This pind daan helps the soul of 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.
When is Tripindi Shraddha (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 Shraddha (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 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.
A brand new unwashed white dress should be worn at the time of performing this formality
How to Reach Gokarna
Gokarna rail link which is well connected with Margao. If you are coming to Gokarna via rail then the nearest railway station is located in Ankola /Kumta which are about 20/18 kilometers away
KSRTC , VRL, Sugama, SRS, Kumars and many have frequent bus services in the region. There are plenty of buses which connect Gokarna to major and minor cities in the country which will make how to reach Gokarna easy for the travellers.
Where to stay in Gokarna ?
We have our own stay facilities.