Puraan | Notes
For detailed description see "Shraaddh" in Religious Dictionary
Shraaddh is done for a man or a woman after he or she dies. It is a religious ceremony to appease the soul of one's family members after they die. There are a total of 16 Shraaddh. First one should do Daah Sanskaar. Then third day, he should go for collecting the bone remnants. On the 10th day he should leave wet clothes, and then -
1st - On 11th day he should do the Ekaadshaah Shraaddh, feed one Brahman to nourish the body. At that time he should donate clothes, a stool, shoes etc.
2nd - On 14th day he should do the Chaturthaah Shraaddh.
3rd - After three Paksh (45 days) he should do the Traipaakshik or Saardhmaasik Shraaddh.
4th - Within six months he should do the Oonshaanmaasik Shraaddh.
5th - Within one year he should do the Oonaabdik Shraaddh. AND
12 - Besides mentioned 5 Shraaddh above, he should do 12 monthly Shraaddh
[They make a total of 17 Shraaddh, but the mentioned number is 16 only. It is confusing]
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 06/01/13