When a loved one departs and the body is cremated, the grieving Hindu family observes certain rituals on specified days in memory of that person. An overview of these memorial rituals are given below by obituarytoday.com:
Relatives are invited for a meal on the appropriate odd-number (3rd, 5th, 7th or 9th) day. The deceased’s favourite food is served at which a serving is offered to the person’s picture. Afterwards, following a short ceremony, that portion is left in some remote place with a camphor stick which has been lit. Among the different customs followed in this ceremony, there is one in which a pinda (or ball of rice) is offered every day for nine days. Some people combine such offerings for a few days with sapindikarana rituals or even a single-day function.
The final memorial service is held on the 31st day. This is just a repetition of the rituals followed at the funeral, according to some people’s customs. The house is completely cleaned up and a pandit (priest) is invited to purify it. He performs what is called the sapindikarana. In this ritual, a large pinda is made to represent the deceased, along with three smaller ones to represent the deceased’s father, grandfather and great grandfather. Then, the large ball is cut into three pieces which are joined to the smaller ones. This ritually signifies the union of the deceased’s soul with ancestors in the next world. Following this, the balls are fed to the crows or a cow or fish in a river. Some people perform this ritual on the 11th day after the cremation. Others perform it twice: on the 31st day or (11th, 15th, etc.) and after one year. After this first sapindikarana has been done, the impurity ritual closes and may be repeated every month for a year.
A year after a loved one’s demise according to the lunar calendar, the pandit conducts the shraddha rites at the home, in which he offers pinda to the ancestors. Usually, this ritual is repeated every year for a predetermined period or while the sons of the deceased live. It has become normal to observe the shraddha for ancestors just before the yearly Navaratri festival.
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