SRaaDH`DH: Protocol and process for offering SRaaDH`DH
Rites and Rituals: Vedik prescription to keep the mutually beneficial interrelation of gods and humans going
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry. Last updated on September 3, 2003.

om namo brhmahye namah......


Protocol and Process for
 offering SRaaDH`DH

sanak-muni, the mind born son of brahmaa-dev explains in naarad puraan slok 1.28.2 to 5 the procedure to prepare oneself to perform SshraaDdh offering:

"Listen to the excellent procedure in the performance of SRaaDH`DH on hearing which one is undoubtedly liberated from paap (sins)".........

"On the day previous to kshayaah (day of death anniversary), the householder (who is to offer SshraaDdh) should:

  • take bath;
  • take only a single meal on that day;
  • duly invite braahmano (for the ceremony next day);
  • observe brhamachaarya (abstain from sex) during the night (on this pre-day)  ;
  • sleep on the ground.

The performer of   SRaaDH`DH  should:

  • avoid cleaning of teeth; 
  • avoid chewing of paan (betel leaves); 
  • anointing the body with oil;
  • avoid eating food of an aphrodisiac nature.

The performer of  SRaaDH`DH  and those who are invited to participate in the ceremony should:

  • avoid long journey;
  • avoid quarrels;
  • avoid becoming angry;
  • avoid sex otherwise incur paap (sin) equivalent to killing a braahman
  • avoid bearing of burdens;
  • avoid sleeping during the day."

(SRii chmpklaal Daajibhaai miisTRii, the compiler of the above GNaan, convey pranaam to our guru Dr. G. V. Tagore from whose English translation of the sanskrit naarad puraan we have been blessed with the above knowledge of how SRaaDH`DH  offering to our pitruo is to be done ......the above slok has been expanded with explanatory prose to make our learning and understanding easier...also explanatory prose in included in brackets to give backgrounder ved knowledge to provide supplementary explanation for increasing the depth of our knowledge of life sciences......)  brhmah namah....
....our guru brhmah.. tat shaanti shaanti....

Posting: September 2002.

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