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Kashi, also known as Varanasi, Varanasi is the holiest city and also oldest city in the world according to our vedic scriptures. These sacred writings are 3500 years ancient and are part of our sanatana dharma. After death performing final rituals at Varanasi is considered as more significant, and the life or soul will be revolving around the burning human remains and prayer. Everyday cremations and pind daan in kashi happen on the banks of the Ganges river. In both the Hindu afterlife, moksha is the end of the cycle of rebirth. To achieve moksha is to end suffering. It’s freedom from death.
Cremations on the Ganges River
It’s the greatest honor to be performing cremation and shradh puja in kashi/Varanasi. In fact, some people spend their entire life savings on cremation and pitru paksha. Since the city is so important to Lord Shiva, Hindus believe they’ll achieve moksha if they do cremation at Kashi/Varanasi. Even for those people who died due to a bad death like suicide or illness those solus also have chance to attain moksha—if they die in Varanasi.
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In Kashi Pind Pradan ritual is very famous and also it is considered as the process of reliving atma from the cycle of rebirth.
In Varanasi Anna Shradh has been performed to get the blessing of three generations – Great grandfather, grandfather, father.
After collecting the ashes or asthi until doing the Visarjan in the sacred river there are some rituals that have to be performed.
Shradh ritual which is performed on the First death anniversary of the deceased souls will be called as Samvatsarikam.
Perform Abdikam and other aparakarya rituals in Varanasi with Anthyesti's best pandiths for maximum benefits.
Why people prefer to perform shraddha rituals in varanasi is because performing shraddha rituals in sacred places will give more benefits.
Brahmin Bojana is also believed as through this ritual it will be easy for the departed soul to go through further process
It cannot be a comfortable experience to lose a loved one. It is a long grieving process, which usually has the funeral proceedings involved.
History of Varanasi/ Kashi
There is a detailed illustration of Kashi in Skanda purana. Lord Skanda has narrated Skanda purana, also known as Kartikegryan to Rishi Agastya. In Skanda purana there are 100 adhyayas, 11000 and more slokas representing the geography of different temples, story of their architecture, introduction to various gods and goddesses of the temples, antiquity of the city and its cultural and traditional structure.
There is an ancient relation between Ganga, Kashi and Lord Shiva. There are several stories about Ganga Matha, the most meaningful one about Ganga’s pre-eminence to earth. According to puranas , Ganga river used to flow in the heavens. It was brought to earth by the atonement of a sage named Bhagirathi. He was the king of Kosala. He wanted to rescue his 60 thousand antecedents who were stuck in patala Loka.
According to Hindu tradition and belief, it is considered as more effective to perform last rites at Varanasi we have particular package for Varanasi rituals such as shradha pandit for Pitrukaryas, tarpanam for the deceased forefather pitru paksha rituals in the family with the best purohit services in Varanasi, so that the departed souls attain moksha.
Every year you can notice thousands of people performing different religious activities including Asthi Visarjan in Varanasi, Pinddaan in Varanasi, AnnaShraadh in Varanasi
To pay back the debt of being born as a human being on this earth, all that the God asks of us is to come back to Him with the mentality that he sent us with –clean, peace and free of any negativity. It teaches us not to acquire any negative karma bonds and to cut down already presenting negativeness in our lives. So, in order to attain the stage where we can pay back God’s debt by returning to him, with the soul in natural condition.
In order to complete one’s duties or pay back the debts, a person must perform hindu rituals with the best pandits for pitru karyas in varanasi, devakaryas, Brahman Bhoj, Annadananam, Sadhu Bhojan and other dhan/ donation for the goodwill of family, self and society as a whole.
As per the purana in Ashwin month, God of death “yamraj” give the freedom to all the souls. So in that time all the souls can accept the food given by the childrens on the day of Shradh. And these 16 days are precious to perform shradh, tarpon for our father or ancestors every year. Tarpan in PitruPaksha is nothing but honoring and remembering our ancestors
As per the Hindu holy book, 12 types of Shradha are there.
Types of Shradh
Pind daan is a ritual for ancestors performed in Varanasi. The eldest male relative offers pinds (rice balls) to 3 generations of paternal ancestors, accompanied by a priest. Each pind is offered while chanting mantras containing gotra and ancestral names. Typically 3 pinds are offered – one for the immediate deceased relative, one for past 1 generation, one for past 2 generations. The pinds are immersed in the Ganges, believed to reach the ancestors and aid their moksha or liberation. Pind daan is thus a symbolic gesture to satisfy ancestors’ spirits and help them attain salvation, relieving the living relatives of this duty.
Asthi visarjan is the final ritual for closure after a death in Hinduism. It is performed in Varanasi to immerse the ashes of the deceased in the Ganges. The closest male relative carries the ashes in an urn to one of the ghats along the Ganges. A Hindu priest recites mantras while the ashes are immersed in the river. This ritual is usually performed 10-12 days after the cremation once the ashes are collected. Asthi visarjan in the Ganges is believed to help the soul break free from the cycle of rebirth and attain moksha. Performing this ritual in Varanasi is considered highly auspicious as the Ganges is sacred and its waters offer liberation to the deceased’s soul.
Brahman Bhojanam is an important ritual in Varanasi where people offer food to Brahmins, the priestly class in Hinduism. It is considered highly auspicious to feed Brahmins in Varanasi, which is regarded as the spiritual capital of Hinduism. Brahman Bhojanam is usually performed on sacred days or during festivals and special occasions like weddings. Devout Hindus believe that feeding learned Brahmins in Varanasi bestows punya or spiritual merit on the person performing the ritual. The food is prepared according to religious guidelines and offered with reverence to the invited Brahmins. This ritual upholds the traditional relationship between Brahmins and householders in Hindu society. Performing it in holy Varanasi is deemed sacred.
Varanasi is an important spiritual center for Hindus due to its association with death rituals. When a person is terminally ill, they are often brought to Varanasi to die near the Ganges. After death, the body is cremated as soon as possible at the Manikarnika or Harishchandra ghats on the banks of the Ganges. The ashes are then immersed in the river on the third or tenth day after cremation through the asthi visarjan ritual. Many Hindus believe that having one’s ashes immersed in the Ganges helps break the cycle of rebirth and allows the soul to attain salvation. Varanasi is considered an auspicious place to die because of this. Relatives often stay in Varanasi after the death to perform various rituals to ensure the departed soul reaches its ultimate spiritual destination.
The cost of funeral services in Varanasi can vary depending on the type of services opted for. A basic funeral pyre at the cremation ghats costs around Rs.2000-5000 paid to the dom raja who oversees the cremation. Wood for the pyre costs another Rs.2000-3000. The priest’s fees for conducting the last rites and antyeshti ceremony is Rs.5000-10000. Additional charges for a funeral procession, bathing rituals, transportation etc may apply. On average a basic funeral service in Varanasi costs Rs.10,000-15,000. High end services with elaborated rituals, special ghats, premium wood can cost up to Rs.1 lakh. Costs are lower for the poor. The Kashi Labh Mukti Trust also provides low cost community cremation services for around Rs.1000-1500.