What Are Sankalpa Shraddha Cost, Vidhi, And Benefits?

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What is the Sankalpa Shraddha puja cost, vidhi, and benefits and why do Hindus perform this shraddha puja for the pitrus? Is there any particular reason to perform the Sankalpa Shraddha for the ancestors and deceased souls? What is the significance of performing Sankalpa Shraddha?

During the procedure of Sankalpa Shraddha devotees take the Sankalpa to give peace and salvation to the souls of their ancestors and get their blessings from them. The rituals performed by the family members of their ancestors help them to live happy and prosperous life. If anyone does not perform the Sankalpa Shraddha ritual, it may cause many problems to them.

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In the ritual of Sankalpa Shraddha, the performer could not perform the shraddha puja whereas the appointed priest will take up the role to complete the rite. The Hindu rituals performed for the souls of ancestors deal with the Shraddha ceremony. The process of Sankalpa shraddha is performed without ‘Pinda’, literally the rice balls. 

This Shraddha ceremony is not much performed in Hinduism by the devotees as other shraddha ceremonies are performed by the relatives of the deceased soul. The Sankalpa Shraddha is generally performed in the pitru paksha and mahalaya paksha which is a 15-lunar day period.

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During 15 days of pitru paksha, our ancestors and pitrus are allowed to come down on the earth whereas the eldest son performs the Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony and the other family members take part in the ritual and offer daan to the brahmins. 

What Is The Hindu Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony

Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony is a significant ritual and is typically a day of commemoration according to Hinduism. Rituals and rituals are held in honor of one’s ancestors, particularly the parents who have passed away. 

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The Sankalpa Shraddha ceremonies are performed to make our parents’ transition into the afterlife as easy and stress-free as possible. It is a method of thanking them for who they are and of asking God to grant the deceased parent’s soul peace.

The Hindu Sankalpa Shraddha ceremonies are carried out individually for the mother and father on their respective “thithi,” according to the Hindu calendar. For the entire “Pitra” community, rites are held during the Pitru Paksha or Shraddha Paksha.

For our Pitrus, the Pitru paksha shradha is performed on the day of their passing. On Mahalaya Amavasya, the final day of Pitrupaksha, Sarva Pitru Shradha & Sankalpa Shraddha can be done.

Hindus honor their ancestors over 15 days known as Pitru Paksha, also called Mahalaya Paksha. In particular, Tarpan, and food offerings to Brahmins are used to perform this Sankalpa Shraddha. 

The Karta will receive the full benefits of this ceremony and the blessings of his ancestor will always be present upon them if they perform it with the fullest faith and tranquility of mind. This rite makes sure that the deceased person’s souls, or aatmas, are on a plane far from hell. 

As responsibility takes precedence over devotion to God, it is also said that doing the shraddha rituals is more vital than even praying to him.

Why Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony Is Performed?

The Garuda Purana states that thirteen days after death, the soul starts traveling to Yamapuri, and it takes seventeen days to arrive there.

Before arriving in Yamaraj’s court in the twelfth month, the spirit travels through Yamapuri for an additional eleven months. It goes 11 months without food or water. The son and relatives are said to Tarpan to quench the soul’s thirst and quench its hunger while it travels until it reaches the Yamaraj’s court.

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Sankalpa Shraddha, thus, provides their soul with salvation and the necessary energy to enter the yamraj’s court, and after a year, their relatives appease them by doing barsi and shraddha.

The amount of lifelong rituals that must be completed is specified by Hindu Sanatan dharma. These consist of Shraddha Puja and Shraddha Karma. 

According to the ancient Hindu Shastras, both men and women are responsible for the three categories of debt known as “Devaruna,” “Rishiruna,” and “Pitru Runa.” Since we owe our parents or ancestors because it is only through them that we are granted this physical body and all of its worldly advantages, eliminating “Pitru Runa” (ancestral debt) is important among these “runas.”

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To gain the Ashirvadam, or kindness, of the deceased Pitru Devathas, it is asserted that we must complete Sankalpa Shraddha.

When We Should Perform Sankalpa Shraddha?

The fifteen-day lunar period known as Pitru Paksha is when Hindus honor their ancestors, particularly through food sacrifices. The two equal Paksha that makes up each lunar month are the Shukla Paksha and the Krishna Paksha. A Paksha lasts for fifteen lunar days.

The fifteen days known as Pitru Paksha occurs during Krishna Paksha of the Ashwin month, according to the North Indian Purnimant Calendar. However, the fifteen-day period known as Pitru Paksha during Krishna Paksha of the Bhadrapada month is according to the South Indian Amavasyant Calendar. 

It’s vital to note that the name of the lunar months is the only variation between North Indian and South Indian Shraddha practices.

Bhadrapada Purnima, which typically occurs one day before Pitru Paksha, is mentioned in many sources as part of the fifteen-day Pitru Paksha period. Although it is not a component of Pitru Paksha, Bhadrapada Purnima, also known as Proshthapadi Purnima, is an auspicious day for performing Sankalpa Shraddha practices. 

It should be remembered that Sankalpa Shraddha is performed on Amavasya Shraddha Tithi during Pitru Paksha rather than Bhadrapada Purnima for individuals who passed away on Purnima Tithi.

One or two days after Ganesh Visarjan, Pitru Paksha begins. There is another name for the pitru paksha which is Mahalaya Paksha known. Both of the amavasya pakshas are Sarvapitri Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasya is the final day of Pitru Paksha. The most important day of Pitru Paksha is today. If the dead person’s death date falls within the familial.

How To Perform Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony?

The Sankalpa Shraddha vidhi lasts around 15 days, which occurs before Sharad Navaratri in the autumn. The Karta performs the shraddha rites by inviting the Brahmanas, worshipping them, and feeding them.

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Following the “homa” fire rite, which protects and nourishes the ancestors, rice balls are offered to the deceased’s souls. All rituals must be performed with fidelity, honesty, and reverence for the deceased.

Three generations receive offerings. The occasion came to a close by extending the Brahmana’s hospitality and distributing Dakshina after the offerings (fees). All of the Sankalpa Shraddha ceremonies are performed with the assistance of numerous community residents, including funeral directors.

Sankalpa Shraddha ceremonies primarily involve the following:

The author is Vishwadeva Sthapana.

The Pind Daan ()

The Tarpan ()

Feeding the Brahmin () 

Pandan is the offering of rice, cow’s milk, ghee, sugar, and honey to the ancestors in the shape of a pinda (a rounded stack of offerings). To be effective, pandan should be performed with complete devotion, feelings, and reverence for the departed soul.

Water flavored with white flour, black sesame, barley, and kusha grass is offered as part of a rite called tarpan. The Tarpan technique is said to appease the ancestors.

The Brahmin must be fed to finish the Sankalpa Shraddha procedure. Offerings are made to the crows as well before delivering food to the Brahmin. The Karta will carry out all of the Sankalpa shraddha ceremonies and rituals.

  • Bring Brahmans to pray and provide food for them
  • Perform a fire ceremony at home to appease Agni so that he can deliver your offerings to your cherished ancestors.
  • Pinda Pradanam involves giving rice balls to the souls of the deceased.
  • Additionally, to show hospitality and obtain blessings, the Karta pays the Brahmanas Dakshana (fees).

What If Someone Could Not Perform The Sankalpa Shraddha Rituals?

But there is one thing that everyone wants to know: if someone could not perform the Sankalpa Shraddha then what does it affect? Is there any solution to get rid of pitru dosha or it will create some negative effects on the family?

Sesame seeds can be offered to Brahmanas by simply tossing them into moving water if one is unable to carry out the necessary procedures of the Hindu Sankalpa shraddha Ceremony due to time constraints or other unforeseeable circumstances. 

This action is regarded as fortunate. Giving food to animals and birds during this time is a charitable act. In Pitru Paksha, feed the cows and the crows. Contributions of food, clothing, and kitchenware aid in completing the homage rites.

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Sankalpa Shraddha ceremonies are thought to be crucial in the first year after death because they provide the soul the momentum it needs to go to a higher realm.

What Are The Advantages Of Sankalpa Shraddha

Hindu funeral rites Pitru Paksha and Shraddha Paksha, which are performed annually, aid in success in the following areas:

  • for monetary security and personal development
  • for acquiring riches in the form of assets and real estate
  • For the sake of development and efficiency in corporate operations
  • for practical training
  • To become enlightened spiritually
  • for the advancement of knowledge and education
  • With consistent practice of this ritual and the annual or yearly execution of Sankalpa Shraddha, fortunate events may occur in your home on schedule.
  • Marriage will take place at the appropriate moment without any problems.
  • Sankalpa Shraddha aids in reducing the likelihood of unnatural death.
  • Sankalpa Shraddha must be conducted annually to work in the right way and receive our ancestors’ blessing.
  • Sankalpa Shraddha’s performance creates a healthy bond between the family, partner, and society.
  • As a crucial afterlife rite, the annual shraddha puja helps people achieve good health, contentment, education, and career growth.

Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony Cost

The price range for Sankalpa Shraddha is Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 30,000, according to 99Pandit. The cost of the puja is determined by factors such as the type of shraddha puja, the number of brahmins, the number of days required to perform the puja, the type of Dakshina, etc.

The pandit ji will accompany them and bring the puja samagri. The cost includes lodging, satvik meals, and puja samagri.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q. How to perform the Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony?

A.
To perform the Sankalpa Shraddha Ceremony the performer is required to perform the rituals to invite the brahmins, worship the god, and feed the brahmins. Following the “homa” fire rite, which protects and nourishes the ancestors, rice balls are offered to the deceased’s souls. All rituals must be performed with fidelity, honesty, and reverence for the deceased.

Q. Why is the Sankalpa shraddha ceremony performed by the Hindus?

A.
To gain the Ashirvadam, or kindness, of the deceased Pitru Devathas, it is asserted that we must complete Sankalpa Shraddha.

Q. What does it mean by Sankalpa shraddha in Hinduism?

A.
During the procedure of Sankalpa Shraddha devotees take the Sankalpa to give peace and salvation to the souls of their ancestors and get their blessings from them. The rituals performed by the family members of their ancestors help them to live happy and prosperous life. If anyone does not perform the Sankalpa Shraddha ritual, it may cause many problems to them.

Q. What if the devotee would not able to perform the rituals of Sankalpa shraddha?

A.
Sesame seeds can be offered to Brahmanas by simply tossing them into moving water if one is unable to carry out the necessary procedures of the Hindu Sankalpa shraddha Ceremony due to time constraints or other unforeseeable circumstances.

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