Why the Crow is Given Too Much Importance During Shradh Paksha?
By: Future Point | 13-Sep-2023Views : 4272
Pitru Paksha puja has special significance in Hinduism. According to the Hindu calendar, Pitru Paksha starts from the full moon day (purnima tithi) in the month of Bhadrapada.
Pitru Paksha ends on the new moon day (amavasya tithi) of Ashwin month. There is a tradition to perform rituals like Shradh, Tarpan and Pind Daan in Pitru Paksha. In the 15 days of Pitru Paksha, people remember their ancestors and express their homage towards them and also pray for the liberation of their soul.
They perform Shradh, Pind Daan and Tarpan for the salvation of the souls of their ancestors. This year Pitru Paksha will start from 29th September 2023, Friday At the same time, it will end on 14th October 2023.
According to Hindu scriptures, feeding crows during Pitru Paksha is considered very auspicious. It is believed that feeding food to crows on Pitru Paksha brings satisfaction to the ancestors.
According to the belief of Hindu religion, without giving food to the crow, the soul of our ancestors does not get salvation. In a way, the crow is considered to be the form of the ancestors.
According to mythology, the souls of ancestors reside in the crow and if they accept the food offered by you, then your ancestors are pleased with you and are believed to attain ultimate peace.
Let us know why the crow is given so much importance in Pitru Paksha and all the important facts related to it.
What is the Importance of Feeding a Crow during Pitru Puja?
According to Hindu beliefs, for the peace and liberation of the souls of the ancestors, it is necessary to perform Shradh and Tarpan of ancestors during Pitru Paksha.
It is said that during Pitru Paksha, our ancestors come to the earth to be satisfied at the hands of their ancestors. If a person does not perform Pind Daan, Shradh or Tarpan for their ancestors during this period, then the ancestors become very angry with them.
They go back unsatisfied and curse their predecessors. A person suffering from Pitra Dosh is always surrounded by troubles, thus one should get pitra dosha puja done to remove the ill effects from life.
According to the scriptures, it is very important to perform Shradh, after which the Brahmins are offered food. But at the same time we also feed the crow. According to the scriptures, it is appropriate to feed a cow, a dog, a crow, a deity and an ant, i.e. Panchbali, before feeding a Brahmin. It is believed that crows reside around us in the form of our ancestors in the Pitru Paksha.
The crow - A Symbol of Lord Yama
In Hindu mythology, the crow is said to be the symbol of Yama. In astrology, the crow is also called the vahana of the karmakaraka Saturn. Therefore the crow is related to our previous births somewhere.
Yama sends us to any of the triloka i.e. devloka, prithvi loka and patal loka according to our deeds. There are many beliefs related to crows, which also give good and bad signs.
The relation of crow has been told with our past deeds, considering this belief, a part of Shradh is also offered to the crow in Pitru Paksha. Yama is the elder brother of Lord Saturn and takes account of our karma and sends us to different yonis. The crow has great importance in Shradh Paksha.
According to Hindu religious scriptures, the crow is considered to be the messenger of Yamraj. It is through the crow that our ancestors come to us. Take food and bless us. The crow is the symbol of Yamraj.
It is said that if a crow eats the food given by you during Shradh Paksha, your ancestors are pleased with you. On the contrary, if crows do not take your food, then it shows the anger or displeasure of your ancestors.
The Relation of Crow with Lord Rama
The crow is also related to Lord Rama. According to an old Hindu legend, once a crow hit the feet of Mother Sita and injured her badly.
This caused a lot of pain to Mother Sita and she started groaning in pain. She had a deep wound on her leg. Seeing Mother Sita in so much pain, Lord Rama became very angry and he shot the crow's eye with an arrow.
When the crow apologized to Lord Rama and asked for forgiveness for his actions, Lord Rama calmed down and blessed the crow and said that you will be offered food in remembrance of ancestors and will become the source of their liberation. Since then, the importance of crow in Pitru Paksha has increased so much and they are fed during Pitru Paksha.
Feeding a Crow in Pitru Paksha gives freedom from Pitru Dosh
By giving food and water to the crow during Pitru Paksha, it is believed that the ancestors get food. Yamraj is pleased if the crow eats the given food. Offering food to a crow removes all the defects of the horoscope and mainly removes Kaal Sarpa dosha and Pitru Dosha.
The ancestors are satisfied by feeding a crow during the Pitru Paksha. It is believed that if a crow sits in the courtyard of the house during Pitru Paksha, then it is a very auspicious sign and if the crow eats the food served, then it is even more auspicious. It means that the ancestors are very pleased with you and have gone back satisfied by giving you many blessings.
Feeding a crow during Pitru Paksha is like feeding one's ancestors. The crow should be fed daily during Pitru Paksha. By doing this all your bad deeds will be pacified. Similarly, the importance of Peepal tree has also been established during the Shradha Paksha.
If the crow is not available during Pitru Paksha, food can also be given to a dog or a cow. Apart from this, offering water on the Peepal tree is also considered very auspicious. Peepal tree is also a symbol of ancestors and ancestors can be pleased by offering water and milk in the roots of a Peepal tree.
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