Pind daan: Importance, meaning, cost, pandits. A guide to Gaya Shradha

Pind daan as per Hindu belief is a ritual to offer homage to the departed soul. Pind daan in Gaya and other places is very important Hindu rituals and is performed by the relatives of the person who left for the heavenly abode.

The meaning of pind daan:

A pind as per Hindu religious text is something that is in a circular form. And, this is how pind daan got its name in which food made in circular-ball form is offered to the soul by his/her relatives during shradh karma.

The material that is used to prepare pind during shradh is made up of kneading rice or barley flour. These pinds are made in circular form and is offered to the deceased during pind daan karma.

Importance of Pind Daan

Below are some reasons for pind daan being so important rituals:

  • Post-death, when souls are still wandering on earth get peace when pind daan is offered to them by their relatives.
  • Pind daan brings freedom to deceased those having a materialistic inclination and finding it difficult to leave the earth and their loved ones.
  • It is believed that post pind daan souls are relived from the torchers of hell leading him/her to Moksha.
  • Relatives of the deceased offering pind daan receive the blessings by the soul, which is believed to have the strongest positive influence in one’s life.
  • Pind daan brings success, peace, and prosperity to people’s life.

Pind daan places

There are many places across India that has significance in the Hindu religion for Shradh karma.

Here are some of the famous places in India:

  • Gaya, Bihar (Read more)
  • Bodhgaya, Bihar
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
  • Haridwar, Uttarakhand
  • Prayraj, Uttarakhand
  • Ujjain, MP
  • ​Jagannath Puri, Odisha 
  • Dwarka, Gujrat
  • Pushkar, Rajasthan

Among all, Gaya Ji is regarded as the most sacred place for pind daan.

Here is the detailed guide of Gaya Ji and it’s significance: About Gaya Ji

Importance of Pind Daan in Gaya: Pitru Paksha Mela 2020

Here are some of the reasons as to why Gaya is so important for pind daan as per Hindu belief:

  • Gaya has a strong rich history, let it be ancient, middle, or modern. Particularly, for Hindu, Gaya is the land of salvation.
  • As per Buddhist belief, Gaya is called the land of enlightenment when the Lord Buddha preached his teaching under the famous Banyan tree located in Bodhgaya.
  • Bodhgaya, not so far from Gaya (around 10 KM) is another important place for Hindus for pind daan offerings.
  • As per Hindu’s religious text, Lord Rama visited Gaya Ji around 12 lakh years ago during Treta Yuga to offer pind daan for his father Dasaratha.
  • Gaya organizes Pitru Paksha Mela (Ceremony) every year for 18 days during the month of monsoon seasons (September-October) for pind daan.
  • Lakhs of people around the world visit Gaya Ji during the months of pitru paksha mela to offer pind daan.
  • During Mahabharata, Gaya was known by the name of Gayapuri and got its name from the name of a demon called Gayasur who got the blessing of Lord Vishnu.
  • In the heart of Gaya flows the famous Falgu river which has the significance of offering pind then at its bank.
  • Gaya is very famous for the temple called Vishnupad which the prime location for people to offer pind daan.

How pind daan is done?

  • Pind daan is generally offered by the eldest male family members in the family. But in some cases, females are also allowed.
  • Pind daan is done after taking a holy bath at the river Falgu, Ganga, etc according to the place it is being performed.
  • It is required to wear white holy clothes during shradh karma like traditional dhotis, kurta, etc.
  • Pind daan is done offering rice, jaggery, sweets, etc under the guidance and mantras of brahmins.
  • The one who is performing shradh karma offers food and clothes to pandits and receive blessings from them. It is believed that pitra or souls get satisfied when pandits are fed during pind daan.
  • There are 43 vedis in Gaya which are covered during the pind daan process. The number of vedis to be covered is based on the types of pind daan your are performing.
  • Shradh should always be done in the afternoon and is regarded as the most appropriate time.

Famous places and vedis in Gaya for Pind Daan

There are many places in and around cities that are covered by devotees for pind daan.

Some of the famous places and vedis in Gaya for Pind Daan are:

Vishnupad TemplePind VedisGaya Sarovar
Garhyapatyaagni
pad
Falgu River Waitarani Sarowar

Brahma pad
Brahmakund Suryakund
Surya pad Pretseela Rukmini Talab

Indra pad

Ramsheela
Brahma Sarowar
Chandra pad Gadhadhar Vedi Pitamaheswar
Rudra pad Sharswati Vedi
Godawari


Sitakund, Ramgaya , Gaytri Ghat, Ramgaya
Akshay wat

Brahmakund, Bodhitaru, Kaakbali, Jihwal
Ramsheela

There are other places as well which is not listed in the table.

Pind daan cost and expenses list

Here is where and how you may incur pind daan cost in order to pay homage to the departed soul.

When it comes to pind daan there are different expenses you have to keep in mind and it actually varies with the individual needs.

gaya pind daan cost

Here are some list of expenses.

Pind daan cost estimation

This list will help you get some ideas about where you may be spending money for pind daan

Traveling expense:

Your mode of transportation from your place to Gaya & vice-versa. Your expense may vary based on your choice of transportation

  • By Airways
  • By Train
  • By Bus
  • By rented car
  • By your personal car or bike

The local mode of transportation available in Gaya. This is the expense list when you visit different local places in the Gaya for pind daan.

Local transportation in Gaya

  • By rented car
  • By auto
  • By city buses
  • By rickshaw
  • By E-rickshaw

Accommodation expenses:

  • Hotels
  • Dharamshala
  • Iskcon Gaya temple rooms
  • Homestay

Food expense:

  • Restaurant in Gaya
  • Iskcon Govind’s Restaurant

Gaya pind daan cost by Iskcon Gaya: An example

Package nameGaya ShradhAkal Mrutyu ShradhTripindi
Package priceINR 11,000INR 15,000INR 21,000
Package details1. Brahman bhojan
2. Dakshina
3. Sankalp
4.Paraphernalia
5. Pind Daan at Vishnupad, Akshay Bat, Falgu river
1. Brahman bhojan
2. Dakshina
3. Sankalp
4. Paraphernalia
5. Pind Daan at Vishnupad, Akshay bat, Falgu river, Bhutkup Gaya/Pret shila
1. Brahman bhojan
2. Dakshina
3. Sankalp
4. Paraphernalia
5. Pinddaan at Vishnupad, Akshay bat, Falgu river, Dharmaranya Bodhgaya

Pandit Ji charges for pind daan

This may vary to one’s particular requirements. Charges may vary here based on how many vedis at Gaya Ji you want to visit for pind daan.

Four vedis in Gaya are visited and it gets completed in a few hours. For all 43 vedis, it takes around 16-17 days.

It may cost you anywhere around as low as approx. 100 rupees to a few thousand of rupees, 1500, 1200, 10,000, etc

Can women do pind daan at Gaya?

The quick answer is “yes”, ladies can offer pind daan. This is the most common question asked by many people.

The long answer is in the video below where Pandit Jagdish Das of Iskcon Gaya has explained it beautifully.

He has explained taking the example of Mata Sita who visited Gaya to offer pind daan for King Dasaratha.

Further in the video, you will find that why Akshay Vat holds so much importance in Gaya for pind daan.

Read this guide: How to reach Gaya Ji for pind daan

Hope, this guide on pind daan helped you gain some important information about the importance of pind daan in Hinduism including famous places and different charges involved.

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Summary
Event
Pind daan (Pitru Paksha Mela 2020)
Location
Gaya, Iskcon Gaya,
Starting on
May 20, 2020
Ending on
July 17, 2021
Description
Online pind daan for people who are unable to visit pilgrimages places like Gaya, Varanasi, etc for Pitru Paksha Mela 2020