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Hindu Rites & Rituals

      • Kankotri (kumkum patrikã) invitation ..................... 300

      • Mandap muhurt ........................................................ 300

      • Ganesh mãtli ............................................................ 303

      • Gotraj pujan ............................................................. 303

      • Mindhal bandhan ..................................................... 303

      • Grah shãnti ............................................................... 303

      • Pithi vãno (hãridrãlepan) ......................................... 304

      • Sãnji/Prabhãtiyã ....................................................... 305

      • Ukardi (besãdvi/uthãdavi) ....................................... 305

      • Jãn prasthãn ............................................................. 306

      • Jãn swãgat ................................................................ 306

      • Sãmaiyun .................................................................. 306

      • Ponkhanu .................................................................. 306

      • Mahyãru ................................................................... 307

      • Madhu parka ............................................................ 308

      • Nyãs ......................................................................... 308

      • Antarpat .................................................................... 308

      • Pãni grahan (hastamelãp) ......................................... 308

      • Agni parikramã (circumambulating the sacred fire) .309

      • Saptapadi (seven steps) ............................................ 310

      • Kansãr ....................................................................... 311

      • Saubhãgyavati .......................................................... 311

      • Dhruva pujã .............................................................. 311

      • Mãh mãtlu, Kanyã vidãy .......................................... 312

      • Ponkhanu .................................................................. 312

      • Kumkum paglã ......................................................... 312

      • Untying the chheda-chhedi knot .............................. 312

    • Mrityu samskãras...................................................... 314

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          Antyeshti samskãras (death rites) ....................... 314

      • Agni samskãra ......................................................... 315

      • BAPS sadhus performing antyeshti rites of a devotee (in pictures) ................................................ 316

      • Antyeshti rites in sacred places (in pictures) ........... 317

      • In calamities ............................................................. 318

      • Asthi sanchãyan ...................................................... 319

      • Sutak ........................................................................ 319

      • Sajjã (shayyã) ........................................................... 321

      • Antyeshti samskãras of ascetics .............................. 323

      • Conclusion ............................................................... 323

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    Shrãddh (Offerings to ancestors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325

    • Shrãddh ..................................................................... 325

    • Types of shrãddh ...................................................... 326

    • Offerings and rituals ................................................ 327

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