Kamahi Devi

The action performed with devotion is indeed a Shraadh.

“Mother Kamakshi Darbar emphasized the importance of devotion to the devotees.
Regarding the subject of the Shraadh festival, Mahant Tapomurti Raj Giri Ji of the Kamakshi Darbar spoke during a religious discussion, stating that Shraadh is a symbol of true devotion to one’s ancestors. The actions performed with devotion and in accordance with the prescribed time and place for the sake of ancestors are called Shraadh. According to the definition in the Brahma Purana, Shraadh involves offering Brahmins with devotion, following the appropriate rituals and targeting the satisfaction of the ancestors. After invoking, worshiping, and offering respects, offerings are made. Milk, barley, rice, and sandalwood are used in the ritual. If possible, Ganga water should also be included. The ritual is performed for the contentment of the souls in heaven.

Mahant Ji explained that satisfaction for the departed souls in the afterlife is not attained through material possessions like food and clothing, as these are only necessary for the physical body. After death, the physical body ceases to exist, and only the subtle body remains.

He further mentioned that according to Hinduism, it is our duty to pay respects and offer homage to our parents and ancestors at the beginning of every auspicious event. Our present life is a result of the lineage and traditions of our ancestors, and we are enjoying this life as a consequence of their actions. In this tradition, sages have designated one fortnight in a year as “Pitru Paksha.” During this fortnight, Mahant Ji explained that the subtle body does not require physical necessities like food, drink, or warmth, and therefore, no material items or flesh are suitable for it. The subtle body primarily consists of contemplation, consciousness, and emotions, making it peaceful with a subtle internal environment.

Thus, Mahant Tapomurti Raj Giri spoke about how we perform special rituals like Shraadh, offering Arghya (water oblation), and dedicating them for the liberation of our forefathers. If, for some reason, their souls have not attained liberation, we perform special actions for their peace, which are called Shraadh. The term “Pitru” means father, but the term “Pitara” is used to refer to the three generations before an individual, the ancient or prehistoric forefathers of the human race, who are imagined as inhabitants of a separate world.”

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