WHAT IS TERAVIH CEREMONY? WHAT SHOULD BE DONE DURING THIS CEREMONY?

WHAT IS TERAVIH CEREMONY? WHAT SHOULD BE DONE DURING THIS CEREMONY?

  • Teravih is the period of 13 days from the day the period of mourning starts- which is (mostly) the day a person passes away. This is described in Garudpuran.
  • Every day, Pind and holy water is offered to the deceased soul to make sure the soul has enough resources to go on the journey after death.
  • The food in the household is brought from outside, preferably cooked by neighbours/relatives.
  • The soul of the deceased stays attached to its physical body and the material possessions while being grieved for. To bring peace to the minds of the grieving, and to bring peace to the soul of the deceased, Garudpuran is read out. Shanti Paath is done along with Bhagavad Gita Paath. Only when the people close to the deceased soul are ready to let go and be at peace with the death, the soul can move on. Otherwise, the soul roves around without attaining salvation.
  • On odd numbered days starting from 3rd, the family eats some of the deceased’s favourite dishes for meal- as an act of lovingly remembering the deceased. The soul is also appeased by this act.
  • On the 11th day, a Shradh is held for the first time.
  • On the last day (13th), a havan is done along with Pinddaan and Brahmin Bhoj along with reading of sacred mantras that help the soul in finally freeing itself from the moh (illusory attachments) of earthly possessions.
  • By the 13th day, the soul acquires a peaceful state, ready to depart and begin it’s journey after life.
  • On the thirteenth day, the soul of the deceased is invoked in the Brahmins. So a Brahmin Bhoj is held where the Brahmins are invited to a meal and they are given gifts to help them go on their journey beyond.
  • Before Brahmin Bhoj, little portions of the food is offered to a cow, dog and a crow. If the crow refuses to eat the food, it implies that the soul has unfulfilled desires on the Earth that doesn’t liberate it from material possessions.
  • A Daan of cow, bed, shoes and clothes to the Brahmins is important as the soul would require them in it’s journey, according to Garudpuran.
  • RudrAbhishek, a purification ceremony is held. In this ceremony the family members purify themselves by taking bath in holy water of Ganga (if possible), or touching and sipping pure water while reciting mantras with the help of priests. A Tilak is applied on the foreheads of the family members.
  • Before Brahmin Bhoj, little portions of the food is offered to a cow, dog and a crow. If the crow refuses to eat the food, it implies that the soul has unfulfilled desires on the Earth that doesn’t liberate it from material possessions.

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