Importance of Pinda-daan
This is the dosha given by our forefathers (Pitrus).
Pitrus does not just mean father, it means all our ancestors. If we insult our parents, Guru, ancestors or ignore the shraaddha of our forefathers then they curse us due to which Santan baadha (No progeny), discord in the family, loss of wealth, handicapped children, loss in business and may other difficulties have to be faced. Our luck does not favour us. At the time of death if any wish of the forefathers is left incomplete or if we do not serve them properly, if we have troubled them then we have to face circumstances. The dead people trouble the relatives in order to quench his thirst. We are indebted to our forefathers. We are seeing this world because of our forefathers. We enjoy the material benefits due to them and we also claim rights over their wealth. After getting all these benefits, if we don’t spent some amount towards their pind- daan in the intoxication of this wealth and forget them they will get angered. One can understand their feeling by placing one self in their place.
Pitradosha in the kundali or Horoscope
The Surya is considered to be the representative of ancestors amongst the Navgrahas. Hence, if Surya is placed in unfavorable place in any horoscope then this is called as Pitrudosha. In addition to this, the ninth place in the Kundali is related to our ancestors. Hence, if the lord of the ninth place is associated with the unfavorable grahas or planets. Most of the times the pitrudosha is associated with the position of Surya, Chandra, Rahu, Ketu, Shani in the ninth place of the horoscope.
This can be confirmed by analyzing birth horoscope and Prashnakundali. This dosha is associated with the Lagnadhipati or Ashtamadhipati or association Guru and Shukra due to which Maha pitrudosha arises. This arises due to the bad deeds performed in the previous births and person suffers difficulties due to P`aarbQa kma- . In spite of performing all the activities for removal of dosha and getting peace, the person continues to be in difficulties. For removal of such obstacles we may be contacted.
The Importance of performing Pitrupaksha in Gaya Kshetra
The waning half of Ashwin month (Krushna Paksha) is called as pitrupaksha. At this point of time the Surya enter Kanya Rashi and when this happens, he is closest to the earth. Hence, the shraaddha performed during this time immediately benefits our forefathers. During this fortnight our ancestors descend to Earth and partake of the food & water given by their descendants, by occupying the bodies of deserving Brahmins in a atomic size. They are pleased and depart to their abodes after bestowing boons.
Places of Shraaddha
There is a supreme importance of performing shraaddha in Gaya, Pushkar, Haridwar, Badrinath, Prayag, Devalaya and on the bank of rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada and other holy rivers.
The procedure of Gaya Shraaddha:
1) Gaya shraaddha in short:
This is completed in one day and is performed in Moola Sthaanas only. Viz. ekodishta shraaddha, paarvana shraaddha, falg shraaddha, Vishnupada shraaddha, Akshaya vata shraaddha.
2) Brihad Gaya shraaddha procedure needs to be done in 54 different places. It is performed by staying in Gayaji for 3,7,11,15 days.