Importance of  Pinda-daan

Shlok :

जीवतो वाक्यकरणात झयायेभूरीभोजनात /  गयायां पिंड दानाच्च त्रिभिपुत्रस्य पुत्रता

Meaning :  Obeying our parents  life  long, giving   food   in  the shraaddha and performing Shraddha in  Gaya Kshetra are the three qualities which a son can be  proud of


श्राद्धानिपुष्टिकामाश्च ये करिष्यन्ति मानवाः
तेभ्यः पुष्टिंप्रजांश्चैव दास्यन्ति पितरः सदा
प्रेतांपितृश्च निर्देश्य भोज्यं यतप्रियमात्मनः
श्रद्धयादीयते यत्र यत श्राद्धं परिकिर्तीतम

Meaning : Invoking our forefather as per  scriptures and performing pind-daan is  the meaning of  the Shraaddha.  Whoever performs shraaddha and pleases their forefathers they will gain the good  wishes from all  pitrus

Shlok :

आयु किर्ती बलं तेजो धनं पुत्रं पशुं स्रियः ।
ददन्ति पितरः तस्य आरोग्यं नात्र संशयः

Meaning  :  one   gets  long   life,   fame, strength,  brightness,  wealth,  progeny, animals, women (wife) and health by  appeasing the pitrus and they protect our family. Hence, one  should perform shraaddha.

Shlok :

मत्प्रसादातअवाप्नोति शाश्वतम पदमव्ययं ।

Meaning : The  soul obtains a permanent place by  the grace of the “Parmatma.” When satweek soul is  in  the mother’s womb then  it  has “Aparoksha Jnana” and it continuously praises the God  when he  thinks of his past Punya & Paapa and the happiness and sorrow arising out of them. When the soul leaves his body at the time of death and the body is  burned at that time, he  acquires a subtle body. And  experiences the fruits (Karma Fal)  of his deeds.

Shlok :

गयायां पिंडतोयेन पितृ मुक्ति च हेतवे

And  by performing the pind-daan in Gaya Kshatra the soul get  Akshaya fal and is  freed from the  Ghost state .  In Gaya the shraaddha  is perform at all  times. There is  no  restriction of time and date for shraaddha  in Gaya, be  it Adhik maas, even if Guru & Shukra are asta (Ast), be  it birthday or birth month or even eclipses.

Auspicious Day for Gaya Sraddha or Pind Dan at Gaya

Pind Dan can be done all the year but it is better to perform Gaya sradha or Gaya PindDan during auspicious 18days pitri paksh mela or 7days, 5days, 3days or 1day amawasya with krishana paksh in any month. The auspicious 18 days Tri paksha sraddha or Pitripaksha mela,that is considered best days for offering oblations to the departed forefathers or any departed Family members,And this Auspicious 18days comes in every year in the month of September or October.And, An estimated 10 laces to 15 laces pilgrims arrive in the Gaya city during the Pitripaksh Mela for GayaJi sraddha or Pind Dan Earlier pind Dan was performed around the year. There were 360 platforms where pind Dan was done with wheat and oat flour mixed with dried milk. Pind Dan is also performed symbolically with mud balls. Presently pind Dan 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 Dan is performed.


Importance: Gaya was so holy that he had the power to absolve the sins of those who touched him or looked at him; after his death many people have flocked to Gaya to perform Shraddha sacrifices on his body to absolve the sins of their ancestors. Gods and goddesses had promised to live on Gayasur's body after he died, and the hilltop protuberances of Gaya are surrounded by temples to various gods and goddesses.

What is Pinddaan?
Pind Daanis the Hindu belief that after the death, soul of human being still remain in this materialistic world. Just because of the loss of body (due to death) someone cannot detach himself / herself from this world. The pull of Love, kindness, affection for his / her family, friends, relatives etc. and the affinity for the materialistic world prevent him to go for the extreme and ultimate departure. As a result, being a bodiless state that man (without body) gets pain. He wants to do many things but cannot. They cannot or even do not want to make themselves free from this materialistic world. 'PINDA DAAN' according to Hindu Belief Gives them an ultimate relief and paves the way for their departure to the ultimate world of Peace. Pind daan is considered to be a mandatory rite believed to bring salvation to the departed souls. An obligation of all Devout Hindus.

Where to perform Pind Daan ?

Bank of the Holy River “Ganga” anywhere in India. But as per India mostly people perform pind-daan at Gaya Bihar.

Imporatance of Gaya Sraddha or Pind Daan and PitraDosh Nivaran

It would be incumbent upon all sons to offer PIND (oblations) for the salvation of the soul of their ancestors. The soul could be freed from the agonies of Hell and sent to Heaven by performing Gaya-Shraddha or Pind Daan in GayaJi. From our Hindu Mythology,Its is believed that if any person departed from the earth,her soul is  wandering in earth here and there,and they did not get peace untill his any  family member is not visited gaya for performing Gaya Sraddha or pinda daan for him, and it is also believed that if any person sacrifice his life by any means then he or she first of all enter the Preth yoni then enter the pitar yoni and after doing pind daan or Gaya sraddha they got moksha under the foot of  Lord Vishnu in Gaya,And it is also signifies in padma puran,Garud puran, and shri Bhagwat Gita. and it is neccesaary to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya from our Hindu Mythology .

Departed person had in search of that his family member will do the Gaya sraddha for me after the yearly sraddha .And if the Gaya sraddha is not done after the yearly sraddth of any person then the soul of person is not get peace and wandering in the universe,and the soul will give cursh to her family member and creating different types of difficulties to her parents or childrens like losses in business regularly,sickness of any people regularly,e.t.c and create difficulties in any type of Good Work,This is known as Pitra Dosh, so,from Hindus Mythology,any people of the family have to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya for Pitra Dosh Nivaran ,And the every people who is belonging from Hindu culuture have to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya for the salavation of their ancestors or to give peace to their ancestors and to send their ancestors under the foot of lord Vishnu. After doing Gaya sradddha or pind daan in gaya all the difficulties which their ancestors is creating are removed because the souls of their ancestors get moksha or peace under the foot of lord Vishnu,And their ancestors blessed him as well as help in the progress of the family.Besides Rama,other Mythological personalities who visited Gaya for the pind daan purpose  are the Raja yudhistra,Bhisma Pitamaha, Marichi(Brahma’s son) and others.

Ekodrishti Shradh: Ekodrishti Shradh means that it should complete in one day only. It is done on three important vedies (place of sharadh) Falgu River,Vishnupad Vedi and Akshay Vat vedi except abnormal death.

Vrihad Shradh: Vrihad Shradh means that it should complete on 54 vedies which is mention in above where that pilgrims have to performed Pind Daan

1-Poonpoon charan Puja 12-Jiwha loll 23-Kartikpada 34-Mat Gowapi 45-Munda Pristha
2-Falgu River 13-Gajadhar Jee 24-Dhadikhagni 35-Ko Pada 46-Adi Gaya
3-Brahma Kund 14-Sarswati 25-Garpashagni 36-Agastha Pada 47-Dhout Pada
4-Pretshilla 15-Dharmaranya 26-Ahabaniagni 37-Indra Pada 48-Bhim Gaya
5-Ram Shilla 16-BodhGaya 27-Suryapada 38-Kahsyapada 49-Go Prachar
6-Ram Kund 17-Brahma Sarower 28-Chandrapada 39-Gajakaran 50-Gada Loll
7-Kagbali 18-Kagbali 29-Ganeshpada 40-RamGaya 51-Dhud Tarpan
8-Uttarmanas 19-Amrasichen 30-Sandyagnipada 41-SitaKund 52-Baitarni
9-Udichi 20-Rudrapada 31-Yagnipada 42-Souvagyadan 53-AkshayVat
10-Kankhal 21-Brahmapada 32-Dadhisthi Pada 43-Gayasir 54-Gyatri Ghat
11-Dakhin Manas 22-Vishnupada 33-Kanna Pada 44-Gayakup