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Pandit For Varshika Shraddha: Cost, Vidhi, And Benefits

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Last Updated:January 5, 2024

What are Varshika Shraddha’s costs, vidhi, and benefits, and why is this called Varshika Shraddha? What does it mean by Varshika Shraddha and is there any significance of this shraddha ritual performed for the pitrus?

People perform the Varshika Shraddha ritual yearly to give salvation to the ancestors, and they also refer to it as Barsi. This Varshika Shraddha performs once a year on the mrityu tithi date known as Varsha Shraddha. 
Varshika Shraddha

We annually or yearly offer the ritual called Shraddha to give a faithful offering to our ancestors for the peace of their souls. In forefathers, conscious beings go to existence in higher realms. During the Varshika Shraddha Rituals performed we always need to remember them and offer prayers and food to them. 

One can decide the day to perform the Varshika Shraddha based on the death date according to the Hindu Panchang Tithi. Samvatsara Abdika refers to it, and people usually perform the Varshika Shraddha vidhi at home, temple, or in Punya Tirtha Kshetra.

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We can also say the Varshika Shraddha is the “Annual death anniversary” & “Barsi” are organized every year to give peace to departed souls. There are many other names for shraddha puja such as Mritaanna Shraddha, Mrtanna Samvatsarik Sraddha, Samvatsarik Shraddha (or simply Samvatsarikam), or Paarvana Shraddha. 

In Tamil, the Varshika Shraddha is called “Srardham and srardham”; in Telugu, it is referred to as taddinam, and in North India, it is known as Shraddha Tithi or simply ‘Tithi’. In North India, this is also called Brahman Bhoj or Brahmana Bhojanam.

What Do You Mean By Varshika Shraddha

The Varshika Shraddha is considered vital during the first year of death at 99Pandit. This is a sign of repaying the debts to ancestors and departed souls, remembering them, and soliciting positive and positive energy from them. 

Varshika Shraddha

The Varshika Shraddha puja represents a responsibility for the descendants of deceased individuals—a symbol of gratitude, honour, and worship, conducted like that of worshipping gods. By performing Varshika Shraddha for the souls of ancestors, descendants can appease them, and it serves as a reaffirmation, qualifying the descendant for their position.

During this ritual, it ensures that the souls or aatma of the departed one would be in a plane away from hell. People also believe that performing the shraddha rituals holds greater significance than even worshipping gods, as they consider duty higher than love for the divine. Hence, family members such as sons, brothers, sons-in-law, and other immediate family members will perform the Varshika Shraddha Puja, a Hindu ritual, for the departed soul. Annually, individuals conduct the Shraddha puja to seek blessings from ancestors, attract favourable and positive influences, and fulfil the inherited duty of observing this ritual for generations to come.

At 99Pandit the Varshika Shraddha is considered vital during the first year of death. In case you are not available physically we offer online puja services as well. During the puja, the professionals will be able to perform the rituals on your behalf. We sent video clip of puja to the devotee on their mail ID. 

Varshika Shraddha / Barsi Ceremony

Participating in the Varshika Shraddha (also known as the Barsi Ritual) or annual death ceremony, which aligns with the Thithi according to the Hindu Panchangam when the parent deceased, clears “Pitru Runa.” The Varshika Shraddha ceremony is performed on that specific Chandramaana (lunar calendar) “Tithi.”

Varshika Shraddha

Throughout this ritual, individuals invoke the Devatas (VASU, RUDRA, AND ADITYA) and contact Pitrus through them. The surviving son or sons carry out the Pitru Runa rite and ceremonies on the “Shraddha Thithi,” known as Varshika Shraddha.


According to the Puranas, performing Varshika Shraddha in “Teertha Kshetras” (holy places) is considered highly meritorious. Gaya-Prayagraj, Haridwar, Kashi (Varanasi), Rameswaram-Sethukarai, Srirangapatna, Trimbakeshwar, and many others are significant Teertha Kshetras.

Differences Among Various Shraddha Types

Different varieties of Shraddha exist. There are five primary divisions in Shraddha. The Matsya Purana describes the first three groups. Yama Smriti does, however, describe five categories of Shraddha, which are given below.

The daily practice of Nitya () – Shraddha is referred to as Nitya Shraddha. Nitya Shraddha is not the time for installing Vishwadeva. Nitya Shraddha can only be performed with water in cases of urgency or emergency.

Naimittika () – Because it is performed only for one individual, it is also known as Ekodishta (). Ekodishta Shraddha is performed after death. Ekodishta Shraddha is performed on the anniversary of each Hindu descendant’s death. Naimittia means unique in Hindi. Varshika Shraddha is another name for Naimittika Shraddha. Naimittika Shraddha is not the time for installing Vishwadev. Ekodishta Shraddha is performed on Bhishma Ashtami for pitamah Bhishma.

Kamya () – Special wishes are fulfilled in this way. It takes place during the Krittika or Rohini Nakshatra.

Vriddhi () – To obtain the ancestors’ blessings on important occasions like marriage or the birth of a boy, Vriddhi Shraddha is performed. Nandi Shraddha is another name for Vriddhi Shraddha.

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Parvana () – Shraddha is the term for rituals performed on important holidays like Bhadrapada Purnima and Pitru Paksha (during Mahalaya Paksha). During Parvana Shraddha, individuals install Vishwadeva.

Why Devotees Perform Varshika Shraddha Puja?

According to the Garuda Purana, the soul begins its journey to Yamapuri when thirteen days have passed after death, and it needs seventeen days to get there.

The soul goes through Yamapuri for an extra eleven months until arriving in Yamaraj’s court in the twelfth month. It goes without food and water for 11 months. According to popular belief, the son and relatives complete Pinda Pradhan and Tarpan to satisfy the soul’s hunger and thirst as it travels until it reaches Yamaraj’s court.

Therefore performing Varshika Shraddha gives their soul salvation and energy to reach the yamraj’s court and after twelve months, the relatives appease them by doing barsi and shraddha. 

Hindu Sanatan dharma specifies that one must perform several lifelong rituals. These include Shraddha Karma and Shradh Puja.

Ancient Hindu Shastras state that human beings are responsible for three types of debts known as “Devaruna,” “Rishiruna,” and “Pitru Runa.” Among these “runas,” removing “Pitru Runa” (ancestral debt) is crucial since we owe our parents or ancestors because it is only through them that we receive this physical body and all of its material advantages.

People also claim that completing Varshika Shraddha leads us to receive the Ashirvadam, or goodwill, of the deceased Pitru Devathas.

How To Perform The Varshika Shraddha

The proper vidhi and procedure followed by the Vedic pandits for the Varshika Shraddha puja may take time for 2-3 hours. We have described the rituals involved in Varshika Shraddha below. You can perform the puja at home or any holy place near the river with the help of an expert. 

Varshika Shraddha

Following are the steps for performing Varshika Shraddha rituals:

  • Sankalp

The vidhi for Varshika Shraddha followed by the pandit ji from 99Pandit starts with the Sankalp. During this procedure, the pandit recites some mantras and asks the performer to repeat the lines after him. 

  • Kalasha pooja

Devotees invoke the deities to the puja to seek blessings and fulfil their wishes. They offer prayers to the Gods, and Pandit ji performs the kalasha pooja to invoke the god into it.

  • Vishnu pooja and Vishnu Deva archane

Brahmins use mantras to call up the Devatas Vasu, Rudra, Aditya, and Pitrus. , Devotees take all the necessary steps through the process of consulting a qualified priest with the necessary supplies to carry out the ceremony.

  • Pitru archane 

The family members and the performer doing the puja appease the ancestors to get their blessings and offer salvation to them. Offer prayers to give blessings to their family and protect them from negative energies. 

  • Anna puja

After praying offers to pitrus, the pandit instructs the performer to do the anna puja. The expert recites the mantras and performs homams for the departed soul’s peace. Devotees invoke Family God in this shraddha puja.

  • Brahman aradhane

During this step, Brahmins receive food as a token of appreciation. As this is the most important part of Varshika Shraddha because without feeding Brahmin, shraddha puja would not be complete.

  • Pind pradhan

The devotees offer food prepared with ingredients including rice, barley, cow milk, honey, ghee, sugar, and many more to the Pitru. They either supply this in bodies of water like lakes, rivers, or the sea or feed it to cows.

  • Tarpan

Devotees distribute water, sesame seeds, barley, kusha grass, and white flour, Tarpanam or Tarpan.

Cost For Varshika Shraddha By 99Pandit

Varshika Shraddha’s cost starts from Rs. 8,000 – Rs. 30,000 offered by the 99Pandit. The price for puja depends on the type of shraddha puja, the days takes to complete the puja, the type of Dakshina, and the number of brahmins, etc. 

Pandit Ji brings the puja samagri. The price includes puja samagri, accommodation, and satvik food. 

Through 99Pandit you can book a pandit online for Varshika Shraddha puja and also find a panditji near me. Finding the pandit near your location is the most convenient way to get the services at your doorstep. 

Benefits Of Varshika Shraddha

Performing Varshika shraddha by the relatives of the departed soul gives many benefits to them. We are going to discuss some below, please have a look at 

  • Varshika Shraddha’s performance annually or yearly, and by doing this ritual regularly, there will be auspicious events that may happen in your home on time.
  • This eliminates marriage obstacles and ensures timely marriage.
  • This Shraddha helps to eliminate the unnatural death chances. 
  • Devotees should perform Varshika Shraddha each year to work in the proper direction and get the blessing of our ancestors
  • Establish a harmonious relationship between the family, couple, and society through Varshika Shraddha performing.
  • This shraddha puja performed every year helps to obtain good health, contentment, education, and career growth, as it is a very important afterlife ritual. 

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Conclusion

Varshika Shraddha also referred to as Barsi, stands as a profound annual ritual in Hindu traditions aimed at honouring departed ancestors. Participants actively engage in rituals during the death anniversary ceremony to fulfil the ancestral debt known as Pitru Runa.

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This process, involving invoking Devatas like VASU, RUDRA, AND ADITYA, and contacting Pitrus through them, underscores the depth of this cultural practice. This Shraddha is a dynamic means to ensure the departed souls’ journey towards salvation, alleviating their hunger and thirst during their passage through Yamapuri for eleven months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is Varshika Shraddha puja?

A.People perform the Varshika Shraddha ritual yearly to give salvation to their ancestors, and they also refer to it as Barsi. The Hindu shastra advises individuals to perform this Shraddha annually as an appeasement for departed souls. This is a sign of repaying the debts to ancestors and departed souls, remembering them, and soliciting positive and positive energy from them.

Q.Why do Devotees perform Pind Daan in Shraddha puja?

A.The pind daan process in Varshika shraddha puja is compulsory for all Hinduism followers. The ancient texts guided us to perform this ritual, paying homage to departed ancestors and the dead soul to obtain salvation.

Q.How should we perform the Varshika shraddha?

A.Pandit Ji will be telling people about the proper rituals. Waking up early in the morning on the day of puja and taking a bath or wearing clean clothes. Before doing the brahmin bhojan, the performer should not partake in the food and consume it before eating the brahmin. Later, someone offers the food to the Brahmin, the sacred fire, the crow, and the river.

Q.Why do people perform Varshika Shraddha?

A.Completing Varshika Shraddha will enable us to receive the Ashirvadam, or goodwill, of the deceased Pitru Devathas.

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