Varanasi also known as Benaras, Banaras or Kashi is the holiest place on this planet earth for Hindus. Situated on the bank of holy river Ganga it is considered as the spiritual capital of India and also called as the centre for cultural and spiritual knowledge in India. The holiness of the place can be understood by the fact that if people give up mortal life in the city they attain moksha i.e. freedom from rebirth and move on to the beautiful stages of afterlife. It is holiest of seven cities known for giving Moksh. Pilgrims from all over the world daily visit Kashi for offering prayer to Lord Shiva at Kashi Vishwanath temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlings in India. Apart from Kashivishwanath temple, the city is considered to be home of thirty-three crore god and goddesses.
In Hinduism, it is believed that the souls of the departed ancestors continue to exist in the afterlife and play a significant role in the lives of their descendants. It is believed that performing Gayaji pind daan can help release the souls of the ancestors from the cycle of rebirth and help them attain Moksha or liberation.
Pind Daan in Varanasi is considered as the path of salvation and it is believed that ancestors get ultimate satisfaction if pind daan is performed at Kashi. The city is known for many Pundits and Acharayas who are expert in Pind daan and other related rituals. Pinddaan in Banaras is generally performed at the Ganga Ghats. We provide excellent packages for travel as well as Pinddaan in the city where our pandas ensure that your prayers reach the destination as they guide you with the correct vidhi as you carry out your responsibility for the deceased souls of your family members.
It will take around one hour to perform the Pind Daan. You will have to come to Ganga ghat and timing starts from 7 am in the morning till sunset. You will have to bring the names and gotra of all your ancestors who are passed away and one white dhoti, rest everything will be arranged by us for gayaji pind daan. Three generations names and gotra required during puja. Raj ghat, Manikarnika ghat and Harishchandra ghat are some important ghats of Varanasi for performing shraadh kriya. Among all ghats, Raj ghat is most easily accessible as cars/cabs can directly go to the ghat and it has dedicated parking space.
We at Pitradev offer all services related to shraadh and tarpan. We have experience purohits of all languages and community. We have Telugu shashtri and Tamil Vadhyars in Varanasi. Our priests never ask for additional money while performing the puja. We also provide pick up and drop from Varanasi airport and railway station. Cost of gayaji pind daan mention on our website includes priest charges, material charges and boat ride.
The process of Brahma kapal Pind Daan involves offering food to the departed ancestors and performing various rituals to seek their blessings. Here is a general outline of the process of Pind Daan in Varanasi:
Selection of a Priest: The first step is to select a priest who will perform the brahma kapal Pind Daan ritual. The priest should be well-versed in the scriptures and experienced in performing this ritual. We have experienced priests of Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil who performs rituals with full dedication.
Preparation of Pindas: Pindas are small balls of rice, sesame seeds, and barley flour, which are prepared by the family members of the deceased.
Visit to the Holy Site: The family members visit the holy site, usually a temple or a ghat along the river Ganges, where the priest performs the Gayaji Pind Daan ritual. In Varanasi Pind daan is done at Ganga ghat or at pishachmochan kund.
Prayers and Rituals: The priest performs various rituals, including chanting mantras, offering flowers, incense, and other holy items, and feeding the Pindas to the crows. The Pindas are believed to represent the body of the deceased and feeding them to the crows is seen as a way of offering food to the departed ancestors.
Tarpan: Tarpan is a ritual in which water is offered to the ancestors. The priest pours water from a pot into the palms of the family members, who then offer it to the ancestors by pouring it into the river.
Taking bath: The ritual concludes with the family members taking a final dip in the river and seeking blessings for the departed souls.
Brahmin bhojanam: Offer home made food to the brahmins and take prasad after completing the ritual.
The final step is take blessings of the priest and offer them food, cloths, utensils, money as per your wish.
The best day for pind daan is annual tithi and that too during pritrupaksh. Pitrupaksh is 15 days period generally falls in September -October and performing pindpradanam during this time period is considered to be most effective and fruitful. The other important day for pind daan is on the day of Amavasya.
Gayaji Pind Daan or Brahma kapal Pind Daan is generally performed by eldest son of the family but in case there is no male member available in the family, females can also perform the rituals. It is believed that Sita mata from Ramayana had done gaya ji pind daan for king Dashratha.
Pind Daan is an important ritual for all who wish to honour their ancestors and seek their blessings. It is believed that performing this ritual in Varanasi can help the departed souls attain Moksha or liberation. While the exact process of Pind Daan may vary depending on the region, community, and family customs, the essence remains the same: to show respect and gratitude to the ancestors and seek their blessings for a peaceful and prosperous life.