India 19 September 2016: Shraadh, originally a Sanskrit word, is a combination of two words ‘Sat’ meaning truth and ‘Adhar’ meaning basis. So it means anything or any act that is performed with all sincerity and faith. It is a ritual that Hindus perform to pay homage to their ancestors (pitrs) especially to one’s dead parents. It is a way for people to express their heartfelt gratitude and thankfulness towards their parents and ancestors, for having helped them to be what they are and praying for their peace. As per Garuda Purana, after thirteen days of death, the soul starts its journey for Yamapuri for another eleven months and only in the twelfth month it reaches to the court of Yamraj. During the period it has no access to food and water. It is believed that Pind Daan and Tarpan done by the son and family members satisfy this hunger and thirst of the soul during its journey till it reaches the court of Yamraj. Hence Shraadh rituals are considered very important during the first year of death.
This article has been written by a renowned Vastu Consultant Ms. Ridhi Bahl