- Title: Devotees pray for ancestorsâ€™ souls in northern India
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) DEVOTEES WALKING AS VEHICLES PASS BY SIGNBOARD READING (Hindi and English): "PISHACH MOCHAN KUND" DEVOTEES AND PRIESTS SITTING DEVOTEES DOING PREPARATIONS FOR RITUALS DEVOTEES PREPARING 'PIND' (DUMPLINGS) FOR RITUALS PRIESTS CHANTING PRAYERS AS DEVOTEES SIT RITUALISTIC ITEMS DEVOTEES PERFORMING RITUALS AS PRIEST GUIDES THEM RITUALISTIC ITEMS PRIEST CHANTING PRAYERS AS DEVOTEES SIT WHILE PERFORMING RITUALS DEVOTEE PERFORMING RITUAL (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) DEVOTEE, LALIT KISHORE TIWARY, SAYING: "After coming here people do 'pind daan' (ritual for soul of ancestors) and Tripindi Shraddh' (ritual for peace for the soul of ancestor) is also performed here." VARIOUS OF DEVOTEES PREPARING 'PIND' (DUMPLINGS) FOR RITUALS DEVOTEES PERFORMING RITUALS 'PIND' (DUMPLINGS) DEVOTEES PERFORMING RITUALS 'PIND' (DUMPLINGS) VARIOUS OF DEVOTEES PERFORMING RITUALS DEVOTEES AT RIVERBANK (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PRIEST, RAMESH KAFILE, SAYING: "It is a period of 16 days during which it is believed the souls of the ancestors come down on the earth and reside. So, during this time, death rites performed during the ceremony ('Sharaddh'), 'Tarpan' (ritual) and 'Tripindi Shraddh ' (ritual for ancestors) have special relevance." DEVOTEES PERFORMING RITUALS RELIGIOUS ITEMS PRIEST CHANTING PRAYERS DEVOTEES AND PRIESTS SITTING
- Embargoed: 12th October 2021 08:18
- Keywords: Ganges River India Varanasi ancestors ritual coronavirus fortnight holy river religion
- Location: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- City: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWMV77Z
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- Story Text: Devotees in India's northern Varanasi city on Monday (September 27) performed rituals and prayed for the well-being of their ancestors' souls during the ongoing 'Pitru Paksh' or fortnight of ancestors.
Special food items were offered to the ancestors by their family members as they performed rituals and took part of the traditional 'Tripindi Shraddh' to free their souls of any evil spirit.
According to the Hindu tradition, 'Pitru Paksha' is a 16-lunar day period. It falls in the Hindu lunar month of 'Bhadrapada' (September-October), beginning with the full moon day (Purnima) that occurs immediately after the 10-day festival of 'Ganesh Chaturthi' and ends with the new moon day.
It is believed that when humans die, their mortal body turns to dust whereas the soul remains until it does not find another mortal body to reside. The cycle of rebirth can cease and the soul can receive salvation, if these sacred rituals are performed, the Hindus contend.
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