Free Will or Determinism?

Sraddha Rules How Face,Sit,Perform Homa,For Whom How Many Apasthamba Sutra


On How

To sit,

Which direction to face at various point of time during Sraddha,

Light fire for homa,

How many ahutis,

For whom…These are all set out by Sage Apasthamba in Apasthamba Gruhya Sutra.

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Mahalaya Amavasya Amavasya Sankalpam Text With Seasons Thithis


Sankalpa,according to Hinduism,is Right Determination. Any act,auspicious or otherwise is to be preceded by Sankalpa. While Abhivadana Mantra is Geotagging the individual,Sankalpa is Event specific,where the Time of the occasion,location … Continue reading Mahalaya Amavasya Amavasya Sankalpam Text With Seasons Thithis

Types of Sraddha One Hundred Sixteen


I have posted a few articles on Sraddha,Rites for the departed , including text of Mantras ans Mahalaya Paksha Procedure.

I shall be posting a series of articles in detail on various aspects of Sraddha.

Here are the types of Sraddha to be performed.

They are one hundred sixteen in number.

Sraddha the ceremony performed for the ancestors is of different types.

Stricly speaking Sraddha has to be performed daily.

Definition of Sraddha.

देशे काले च पात्रे च श्रद्धया विधिना च यत् ।
पितृनुद्दिश्य विप्रेभ्यो दत्तं श्राद्धमुदाहृत् ।। – ब्रह्मपुराण