Pitru Paksha 2021 – Ritual Updates – Prayagraj
Under Mohanji’s guidance, Gurulight performed the sacred Pitru Paksha ancestral rituals at Prayagraj for almost sixty people on 28th September to 6th October 2021. The rituals were conducted at the banks of the river Ganga at a powerful ancient Vasuki temple that is more than five thousand years old. Vasuki is the king of the naga devatas (the snake Gods) – powerful divine beings who have delivered knowledge and wisdom to humankind and exist in the form of snakes.
Prayagraj is the confluence of the three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati – and forever hallowed to be the main location of the Kumbha Mela, the largest spiritual gathering on earth. It is considered that sacred ancestral rituals performed at Prayagraj by the river Ganga grants salvation to one’s ancestors.
Since ancient Vedic times, killing or harming a cow accrues the immeasurable sin because the cow is exalted among the scriptures as the only animal that is purely sattvic – all its secretions and excretions are considered sattvic and essential for rituals. Conducting the rituals at Gau Ghat absolves one and their ancestors of gau hatya (the sin of killing a cow either deliberately or unknowingly).
The rituals were conducted individually for each participant at this location. We thank our participants for their support and consideration and for giving us the opportunity to perform this service on their behalf for their dear departed ones and their ancestors. We sincerely pray and hope that this helps their ancestors in their salvation, lightens their lineage and also helps the participants, their families and their future generations.
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
We request you to go to the gallery page to check the images of the Pitru Paksha rituals at Prayagraj.
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.