Pind Daan (Spiritual Offerings)

This post was written by Bhasmank Mehta, Posted on 24th February 2016,Updated on 12th September 2016

What is a Pind?

A Pind is a small ball made usually with rice flour and milk.  However, it has been known that people unknowingly simply use water instead of milk. In the main, it is rice flour but it can be any one of many types of flour.  Rice flour, more than any other, can be utilised in cooking more varieties than other types of flour. Well, almost!

More often than not, the subsequent ceremonies are carried out at one of those designated riverside places such as Chanod or Siddhpur (where the river [Sarasvati] has totally dried out)  in Gujarat, Godavri in Nasik, Maharashtra or Ganga in Kashi (Varanasi), UP, Narmada in Amarkantak MP and so on, or any other destinations on the banks of these and many other holy rivers.  People less well-off tend to congregate at these places.  Following a full day’s ceremony, when eventually these Pinds are dispersed into the river, before they disintegrate into individual particles or even hit the bottom of the river floor, they are collected in a draped material soon to become someone’s meal.  This material usually is an open end of a woman’s sari or the red Chhetti (flimsy piece of red cloth) held by children.  It is thought that they (the people) are the souls of those striving for such food handed down by the relatives of the deceased for the deceased.

Pind is yet another name for that left-over dough that most women leave for the following day.  Having prepared sufficient dough to make chapattis, for example, the cook decides that he or she has prepared more than necessary.  If this happens, some of this dough is quickly placed in the fridge. Just think for a minute.  This dough is going to ferment.  This dough is something that those less well-off would try to snatch away from you. Is this the reason one is hiding it in the fridge. Really?

For every time you have the misfortune to have to leave such dough in the fridge, it is someone somewhere not having it.  This then becomes a curse to live with. However, looking at it from a logical point of view, this dough is now unhealthy and is at least a day old.  Often, a lot more time will pass before it is once again mixed with new dough but then, some of that is left over and so on.  Soon, you have an element of dough that is weeks if not months old.  Now we do not understand why there are illnesses in the household or why things are going from bad to worse?  It is that age old dough that has fermented so badly that it can bring nothing but illnesses.

Pind, at the funeral, represents the heart without the soul as previously mentioned.  Pind therefore is part of the body that has no life.  Any living thing therefore entering these premises (inside the walls of a Pind)  will, undoubtedly, become ill.  You, the cook, therefore, is the culprit causing such illnesses within the household.

And finally, without taking too much of your time, please remember that you read this first here through the thoughts and studies of your very own Sanatan Hindu Priest, Bhasmank Mehta.  Pind though, is just a small ball made from any flour but has some serious repercussions.  Now that you understand what a Pind is, let us talk about that after death ceremony … watch this space. God Bless

Whatever, Whenever & Wherever You Do
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God Bless & I Look Forward To Hearing From You

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