Pitru Paksha 2021 – Ritual Updates – Gokarna
We also arranged the following special ceremonies and prayers on behalf of the ancestors of all the participants across all locations (Kashi, Gaya, Prayagraj, Gokarna and Puri).
- On Mahalaya Amavasya (6th October), we lit a hundred and eight lamps in the names of the ancestors and arranged a chanting of the Vishnu Sahasranaam (1008 names of Lord Vishnu) and a reading of a portion of the Bhagavad Gita. It is said that a reading of the Bhagavad Gita and the chanting of the Sahasranaam grants salvation to the departed and concludes the sacred ancestral rituals.
- We also offered prayers at the Madhav temple and the Preta Shila Shiva temple at Shwetaganga in Puri which grants salvation to those ancestors who may have still been stuck even after the special ancestral rites.
- We offered prayers at the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri to seek blessings on behalf of all the participants, their families and their ancestors
- We did a Laghu Rudra Abhisheka at the powerful Bileeshwara temple, the main among the naturally formed eight Ashta Shambhus that form the circle of protection for Lord Jagannath of Puri, to seek blessings for all our participants, their families and their ancestors
Our deepest and heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters and volunteers who managed the rituals selflessly and provided the oversight and monitoring on the ground to ensure that the rituals are conducted with sanctity.