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Pind daan is known to be the way of Mukti. Mukti means Free from the Circle of Life and death & rebirth.

In Vayupuran, according to a narration titled Gaya Mahatam, when creating mankind, Brahma created a demon named Gayasur. The demon went atop 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 (abode of Lord Vishnu).

It is believed that it was Lord Brahma who first performed the pind daan ceremony in Gaya. Since then this tradition has continued. Offering pind daan during the dark fortnight of Ashvin (coming 11 Sep to 27 Sep 2011) is of special significance. Symbolically a pind is a round ball made of a mixture of oats 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.

Earlier pind daan was performed around the year. There were 360 platforms where pind daan was done with wheat and oat flour mixed with dried milk. Pind daan is also performed symbolically with mud balls. Presently pind daan 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 daan is performed.

In the Kurmpuran, 34/7-8, it is said:

“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.

Pitripaksha : Pitripaksha Mela is a fortnight-long festival of souls, a world event staged in Gaya is being organised every year which starts from the day of Anant Chaturdashi of Bhadra Shuklapaksh and ends on pratipada of Ashwin Shuklapaksha according to the Hindi Calendar(Which comes generally in September & October every year). This Mela is very important for religious, mythological & historical reasons. A large number of Pilgrims belonging to Sanatan Hindu religions visit Gaya every year to offer “Pinda” for obtaining Moksh for their ancestors and for this reason they offer “Pinda” & perform religions ceremonies on “54 Vedis” located at Vishnupad Temple, Falgu River, Akshaywat & various other places. It is believed that performing “Pindadan” in Gaya in the “Pitripaksh” helps in attaining Moksha to the souls of the ancestors. Thousands and thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country and neighbor countries such as NEPAL & BANGLADESH, and all the Hindus spreaded around the world perform the “PINDADAAN” ritual at these points.

PT. HIRA NATH JI DARHIWALE is only main PANDA/PUROHIT of entire Whole PUNJAB (Undivided Punjab before the partition of 1947 i.e. PAKISTAN PUNJAB & CURRENT PUNJAB), JAMMU & KASHMIR, HIMANCHAL PRADESH, and HARYANA.

PUROHIT/PANDA of whole Punjabi Community (SIKHH & MONAS FAMILIES) in entire world.

Types of Pind Dan/ Shradha karm

Ekodristi Gaya Sradha
Ekodristi Gaya Sraddha is a TIRTH SRADHA, completed in one day only. In Ekodristi Gaya Sraddha normally pilgrims have to cover only three important vedis that is The Falgu river (Niranjana, as mentioned in Ramayana), The Vishnupad temple and The Akshavata. And if the deadth is unusual/accidental then pilgrims have to also perform Pind Daan at PRETSHILA (hill), Gaya kup and Dharmaranya also.

People who have scanty time and desire to do Pind Daan in GayaJi for the salvation of their ancestors soul and freed from the agonies of Hell and sent them to Heaven performs Ekodristi Gaya Sraddha in scarce of time.

Vrihada Gaya Sraddha
In khapar/Vrihada Gaya Sraddha Pilgrims have to cover entire 54 vedis to perform Pind Daan.

Narayan Bali Sradha
Narayan Bali Sradha - Narayan bali is done to get rid of ancestral curse (Pitru dosh /Pitru Shaap), Narayan Bali ritual is done to fulfill the unsatisfied desires of the ancestral souls which are stuck in the world and trouble their progeny. Narayan Bali consists of the same ritual as Hindu funeral. An artificial body mostly made of five metals is used. Mantras are used to invoke such souls who are having certain wishes remaining attached. The ritual makes them possess the body and the funeral frees them to other world.

Naag Bali Sradha
Naag Bali Sradha - Nag bali is done to get rid of sin performed by killing snake, specially Cobra which is worshipped in India. Nagbali ritual is done to get rid of sin of killing nag (Cobra). In this ritual also the funeral is performed on the body of snake made with wheat dough and metals.

Tripindi Sradha
Tripindi Sradha - Tripindi Shradha 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 Pret Yoni, so to calm them these offerings are made. This religious act should be performed at a holy place meant for demon liberation or sacrifice. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are the main Gods in this rite. In this God Brahma (Silver), Vishnu (Gold), Rudra (Copper) are omnipresent. Tripindi Shradha must be performed to resolve various calamities. Its assertion is mentioned in "Shradha Chintamani". In the end one must perform Tripindi Shradha as per the tradition and conventions.

Vedis in Gaya Ji : The Vedis situated in and around Gaya town where Pilgrims pilgrims perform/offer PIND DAN are as follows and the name of vedis are listed below Special care is given on the cleanliness of Vedis in order to perform the religious ceremonies with utmost purity & faith:

Poonpoon charanPujaJiwha lollKartikpadaMat Gowapi
Munda PristhaFalgu RiverGajadhar JeeDhadikhagni
Go padaAdi GayaBrahma KundSarswati
GarpashagniAgastha padaDhout PadaPretshilla
DharmaranyaAhabaniagniIndrapadaBhim Gaya
Ram ShillaBodhGayaSuryapadaKahsyapada
Go Prachar Ram KundBrahma SarowerChandrapada
GajakaranGada Loll KagbaliKagbali
GaneshpadaRamGayaDhud Tarpan Uttarmanas
AkshayBataKankhalBrahmapadaDadhisthi pada
GayasurGyatri GhatDakhin ManasVishnupada
Kanna padaGayakupUdichiRudrapada
BrahmapadaDadhisthi padaGayasurGyatri Ghat
Dakhin ManasVishnupadaKanna padaGayakup

Types of Pind Dan

Ekodristi Gaya Sradha
Vrihada Gaya Sraddha
Naag Bali Sradha
Narayan Bali Sradha
Tripindi Sradha

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