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History of Gaya Ji

When actually Lord Rama Chandra came to Gaya to offer Pinda Daan to his Father Dashratha? It is believed that Rama belonged to Treta Yuga, This yuga covered 12,96,000 mortal years.After Treta, came Dwapar yugacovering 8,64,000 mortal years.This is the kali yuga.The period is to cover another 4,32,000 mortal years.In such a situation Rama came to Gaya for offering oblation to his deceased father more than 12 lakh years ago. And the pinddaan in Gaya Ji practice for the salvation of a soul was in vogue since long and still continues to be an integral part of Hindu mythology.

Gaya finds mention in the great epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. In Mahabharat, the place has been identified as Gayapuri. Gaya derives its name from the mythological demon Gayasur (which literally means Gaya the holy demon), demon (asur, a Sanskrit word) and Gaya. Over its history dating millennia, the word asur got deleted and the name Gaya remained in currency.

A study of Gaya perhaps Cannot be completed without a reference to the Gaya Mahatmya .Also speaks about the powerful demon Gayasur and how Lord Vishnu in his mace bearing form had persuaded the demon motionless with his body and how Lord Vishnu killed Gayasur, the holy demon by using the pressure of his foot over him and forming the panch kosi Gaya keshetra,the most pious land on earth,And Gayasur was the creation of Brahma and his body with his head in the north covers the area from the bodhgaya on the south to prethshilla on the north, and after his death many people have flocked to Gaya to perform shraddha or pinddaan sacrifices on his body to absolve the sins of their ancestors. And It was said that the Gayasura's body would continue to be known as Gaya Kshetra.

It is believed that this place has been blessed by purificatory powers. Hindus traditionally come here to perform pind daan to honour their parents or ancestors and people also participate in the massive get together who perform the final rites of their departed family members to freed from the agonies of Hell and sent to Heaven. As we say the king of holy place is Prayag. The teacher of holy place is Pushkar. Thus Gayaji is called the soul of holy place. (it is written in Bedpuran) Gayaji is only one of the places where hindues worship their parents, ancestors with the Lord.

Imporatance of Gaya Sraddha or Pind Daan and Pitra Dosh Nivaran

It would be incumbent upon all sons to offer PIND (oblations) for the salvation of the soul of their ancestors. The soul could be freed from the agonies of Hell and sent to Heaven by performing Gaya-Shraddha or Pind Daan in Gaya Ji. From our Hindu Mythology,Its is believed that if any person departed from the earth,her soul is wandering in earth here and there,and they did not get peace untill his any family member is not visited gaya for performing Gaya Sraddha or pinda daan for him, and it is also believed that if any person sacrifice his life by any means then he or she first of all enter the Preth yoni then enter the pitar yoni and after doing pind daan or Gaya sraddha they got moksha under the foot of Lord Vishnu in Gaya,And it is also signifies in padma puran,Garud puran, and shri Bhagwat Gita. and it is neccesaary to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya from our Hindu Mythology.

Departed person had in search of that his family member will do the Gaya sraddha for me after the yearly sraddha .And if the Gaya sraddha is not done after the yearly sraddth of any person then the soul of person is not get peace and wandering in the universe,and the soul will give cursh to her family member and creating different types of difficulties to her parents or childrens like losses in business regularly,sickness of any people regularly,e.t.c and create difficulties in any type of Good Work,This is known as Pitra Dosh, so,from Hindus Mythology,any people of the family have to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya for Pitra Dosh Nivaran ,And the every people who is belonging from Hindu culuture have to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya for the salavation of their ancestors or to give peace to their ancestors and to send their ancestors under the foot of lord Vishnu. After doing Gaya sradddha or pind daan in gaya all the difficulties which their ancestors is creating are removed because the souls of their ancestors get moksha or peace under the foot of lord Vishnu,And their ancestors blessed him as well as help in the progress of the family.

Besides Rama,other Mythological personalities who visited Gaya for the pind daan purpose are the Raja yudhistra,Bhisma Pitamaha, Marichi (Brahma’s son) and others.

Better Days for doing Gaya Sraddha or Gaya Pind Daan

In Gaya Ji, Pind Daan can be done all the year but it is better to perform Gaya shradh or Gaya Pind Daan during 7days, 5days, 3days or 1days amawasya with krishana paksh in any month and during auspicious 18days pitri paksh mela, The auspicious 18days Tri paksha sraddha or Pitripaksha mela,that is considered best days for offering oblations to the depared forefathers or any departed Family members,And this Auspicious 18days comes in every year in the month of September or October.And,An estimated 6,00,000 to 8,00,000 pilgrims arrive in the Gaya city during the Pitripaksh Mela for Gaya Ji sraddha or Pind Daan.

The sraddth or Pind Daan perform in Gaya Ji includes three Rituals:-

Snana and Sankalpa

Pind Daan


Most of the vedis today have diappeared or have been left isolated for all practical purposes and In Gaya Ji,Two types of sraddth or Pind Daan can be done.

Pind Daan

What is Pind Daan?

This is the Hindu belief that after the death, soul of human being still remain in this materialistic world. Just because of the loss of body (due to death) someone cannot detach himself / herself from this world. The pull of Love, kindness, affection for his / her family, friends, relatives etc. and the affinity for the materialistic world prevent him to go for the extreme and ultimate departure. As a result, being a bodiless state that man (without body) gets pain. He wants to do many things but cannot. They cannot or even do not want to make themselves free from this materialistic world. 'PINDA DAAN' according to Hindu Belief Gives them an ultimate relief and paves the way for their departure to the ultimate world of Peace. Pind daan is considered to be a mandatory rite believed to bring salvation to the departed souls. An obligation of all Devout Hindus.

Where to perform Pind Daan?

Bank of the Holy River “Ganga” anywhere in India. But as per India mostly people perform pind-daan at Gaya Bihar.

Benefit from Pind Daan?

It is said that all obstacles in life are smoothened once you perform Pind Daan ritual for your parents or ancestors. There are sudden and quick positive changes observed in life. According to our clients they have observed improvement.

Is it Important to do Pind Daan?

Indeed as per Vedas no work can be performed or taken to the heights of success without the blessings of ancestors and Pind Daan is the only religious and spiritual way to help the restless deceased souls come to peace. Pind Daan at gaya, pind dan in india, hindu pind dan, pind daan in haridwar.

How I’ll benefit from Pind Daan?

It is said that all obstacles in life are smoothened once you perform Pind Daan ritual for your parents or ancestors. There are sudden and quick positive changes observed in life. According to our clients they have observed improvement.

According to Vedas and religious Granthas, there are three main types of Rin-

Pitra Rin

Dev Rin

Rishi Rin

Process of satisfying these Rin involves-

Pitra Rin:

Antyeshti Sanskar (Funeral Ceremony)

Asthi Visarjan (Flowing the ashes of funeral in Ganges )

Sraadh ( Feasting ceremony in remembrance of deceased)

Brahmin Bhoj (Feasting Of Priests)

Dev Rin:

Vedic Karma Kand



Rishi Rin:

Seva satkar


A person pays off Dev Rin and Rishi Rin in his daily course of life. But this is not possible in case of Pitra Rin and not only the individual's but the whole family is blessed with mental peace and happiness.

Pitra Rin involves following main steps-


Asthi visarjan


Brahmin Bhoj

Pitra Dosh Nivaran

Pitras are our own ancestors who have been thrown into Pretha yonior any other lokas and asa result of this they become extremely restless and sad and expect to get mukti from that state through the karma of their successors they are considered to be more important to a person than any other devathaas(excluding sadguru) as they will be having blood relationship with their successors.

They are considered equal to Gods. as this body ours has come into existence because of our ancestors, pitra dosha nivaran is consideredto be a very important duty of a person. if the pitras are satisfied and happy with ur shraddha(actions offered with shraddha) they canbring joy and clear ur path to success in all spheres.

There are many rituals of Pitra Dosha Nivaran. Titr dosh is one of the biggest obstacle on the path to siddhi. Success is almost not possibleif one has pitra dosh in ones life. Pitra Dosh is not a curse of the Ancestors for sure as the horoscope of a person is drawn and decided rightat the time of his birth and accordingly any kind of defects are decided at the time of his birth which would include defects like Pitra Dosh.

Tirpindi Shradh

Tirpindi Shradh is done for those people who died unnaturally, to remove Preth Badha,And after Tirpindi Shradh all the Dificulties which is creating by ancestors or family member who died unnaturally is removed and This Shradh is very important for Satisfaction of Soul who died Unnaturally.

Naranyan Bali shradh

Narayan Bali Shardh is done to remove Pitra Dosh and Narayan Bali ritual is done to Satisfy the soul of ancestors and deadth people whose soul is wandering here and there in the world,And For getting Satisfaction the ancestors give Dreams to their Family Member,then Naranyan Bali shradh is done or When People have Pitra Dosh In his Kundli or Horoscope, And all the difficluties is removed which is obstrution in any type of good work due to Pitra Dosh.

Naag Bali Shradh

After the deadth of any people,When soul of the People enters in Naag Yoni and They take the shape of Snake or Naag,and comes in snake shape in the dreams of his Family Member,then Naag Bali Shradh is done.

Kalsharpyog Pooja

When any Person have Rahu and Ketu Present in his Kundli or Horoscope then the happiness is lost from his life and the People goes downward and downward in any aspect of life and Life of the People is under the influence of Deadth, then Kalsharpyog Pooja is done in GayaJi to remove Kalsharpyog Dosh from his Kundli or Horoscope.

Yama Temple in Pretshila Hill

Pretshila Hill, meaning the Hill of Ghosts is situated at a distance of eight kilometres of Gaya. It is one of the most sacred sites in Gaya for the Hindus where they come down to offer pind-daan, the ritual performed for the peace of a deceased’s soul. Situated at the top of the hill is the temple dedicated to the prayer of Lord Yama, the God of Death as per the mythology of the Hindus.

This temple dates back years ago, but nobody is able to provide an exact time frame as to when this religious site was constructed. It is believed to have been constructed by the Queen of Indore, Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. However, the temple has since then undergone multiple renovations.

Another attraction of this temple is the Ramkund Tank that stands very close to the temple. The locals believe that Lord Rama had bathed at that tank once, and ever since then, it has become a beacon of holiness. Hindus believe a bath in the tank has the power to dissolve the sins done by a person.

Mangla Gauri Temple

Mangla Gauri Temple is a temple of high importance for the Hindus, as it has been mentioned in the most sacred religious scriptures such as the Vayu Purana, Padma Purana, and Agni Purana as well as in many other tantric scriptures as well. Mangla Gauri Temple forms one of the 18 Maha Shakti-peeth’s in the country and stands proudly since the 15-century.

The temple shrine is dedicated to the worship of Sati, wife of Shiva, the Goddesses of the Vaishnavites residing in Gaya. One of the greatest attractions of this temple is the UPA-Shaktipeeth, which is popularly believed to be housing a part of the goddess that fell from the heavens. The goddess is here worshipped in the breast-form, which symbolizes the nourishment and love of a mother.

The temple is situated atop the Mangalagauri Hill and is believed to be a sacred spot granting the wishes of her devotees. One has to climb some stairs to reach the temple. Inside the temple, you will be able to see some beautiful ancient sculptures, and two shrines of Shiva with the images of Goddess Durga, and her incarnations Mahisasura Mardini and Dakshina Kali. The temple complex also houses the temples of Goddess Kali, Lord Hanuman, and Lord Ganesha.

Koteshwarnath Temple

Baba Koteshwarnath Temple is situated in Village Main, Block Belaganj, District Gaya. The temple is situated on the confluence of the river Morhar & Dargha in Gaya, is famous for highly sacred Lord Shiva Temple. Koteshwarnath temple is believed to have been build around 8th century AD. Koteshwarnath temple's sanctum is carved in a single piece of red stone and within it is installed a large sized Shivalinga with around 1,008 miniature Shivlingas around 1200 years back.

It says that Vanasur's Main & DevKund was situated in a deep forest. Usha used to visit the temple to offer prayers during which Lord Shiva appeared & told her to establish a Sahashtra Linga to get her wish full filled. After that Usha established the Shiva Linga. In result of that Lord Shiva granted her wish and she got married with Aniruddha, grandson of Lord Krishna her husband with whom she went on to live her life.

The place is known as “Shiv Nagar” in ancient times. There is a reference that Sahastra Shiv Ling idol was established at the end of Dwapar Yuga. This Shiv Ling was established by Usha, daughter of King Vanasur of Sonitpur. It's a belief that a pilgrimage to this place is powerful enough to full fill all the wishes and desires of the one who comes here. Quite Evidently, Every year In the month of Saawan devotees throng this temple to offer prayers.

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