WHAT ARE PINDS? WHEN ARE THEY OFFERED DURING CREMATION?

WHAT ARE PINDS? WHEN ARE THEY OFFERED DURING CREMATION?

As per vedicshastras, pinds refers to food for the soul/spirit. Just like how we need food, it is believed that the souls also need food during the 13 days journey before it reaches heaven/hell.
The first Pind is offered in the hand of the deceased at the place of death.
To prevent agitations caused by spirits, a second Pind is offered at the door to the place of the death.
On the way to the crematorium, third Pind is offered. In the crematorium, prayers are offered to the Fire God.
After placing the body on the pyre, two Pinds are offered.

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