Gaya, Bihar, is situated along the banks of the sacred Falgu river and is steeped in spirituality and quiet. It is a well-known Hindu pilgrimage destination where visitors can walk in Lord Rama’s footsteps. Gaya’s crowning attraction is the famed Vishnupad Temple, which is surrounded by a number of other spiritual monuments. The majority of these spiritual locations are steeped in Ramayana legends and stories. Lord Rama is said to have offered ‘pinda-daan’ (offerings to ancestors to ensure their peace) at the famous Ramshila Hill, and many pilgrims travel long distances to do so. Another must-see attraction is the Akshay Vat, which is thought to be the world’s oldest standing tree!
Gaya is bordered by hills named Mangala-Gauri, Shringa-sthan, Ram-shila, and Brahmayoni, and is about 100 kilometres from the state capital Patna. The city’s name comes from a tale about the demon Gayasur, who was destroyed by Lord Vishnu. It was once part of the Magadh empire (684-320 BC). Because of the great number of Jain temples in Gaya, it is also important to followers of Jainism.
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Gaya, Bihar is the abode of Lord Vishnu. Also known as the land of moksha, Gaya holds very high religious importance when it comes to the rituals performed for ancestors or pitars. Pind daan, an important ritual for ancestors is regularly performed near Vishnupad temple and Phalgu river. Religious texts mention how Mata Sita performed the Pind daan for King Dashratha by making Pind balls from sand of Phalgu river.
For the departed father, grandpa, and great-grandfather, as well as the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, the rite is done. Its purpose is to nurture, protect, and sustain the dead’s spirits on their journey from the lower to higher realms, prior to their reincarnation and reappearance on Earth. Depending on caste customs, the rites are done between the 11th and 31st day following death, and at regular intervals thereafter. A shraddha ritual is held on the first year death anniversary to allow the departed (preta) to be inducted into the assembly of forebears.
If a family is suffering from untimely or uncertain deaths of their loved ones, or if ancestral rituals like Pind daan, Shradh or Tarpan is not performed regularly for a long time, or incase there is Pitru Dosha in the birth chart of a family member, then Narayan bali pooja is performed. Narayan bali pooja benefits the family and frees the family members from such mishappenings and negative or paranormal events. This pooja is performed for a duration, ranging anywhere from 3 days to 7 days.
Tarpan in Gaya is performed for bringing happiness and relive the performer and his family from any problems or pains that may arrive.
The term ‘trup’ refers to a person’s ability to please others. The basic word ‘Trup’ was used to create the term ‘Tarpan.’ Tarpan is the act of offering water to God, the Sages, the souls of ancestors, and human people and gratifying them with it.
The goal of tarpan is for God, departed ancestors’ spirits, and other entities whose names are uttered throughout the ritual to give pleasure on us.