Sraddha: The Hindu Book of the Dead (Paperback)

Sraddha: The Hindu Book of the Dead By R. C. Prasad (Translator) Cover Image
By R. C. Prasad (Translator)
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Of the sixteen samskaras which encompass a Hindu life the last one is performed for the dead by their sons or grandsons or relatives. Many passages in the Puranas and Dharmasastras extol the role of the son in the life of a devout Hindu. The present book deals with the rite of Sraddha and vindicates the popular belief that Sraddha, being an important topic, forms an integral part of Hindu Dharmasastra. The belief in the after death survival of deceased ancestors and their separate world belongs to the Indo Iranian period and as such is pre Vedic. Ancestor worship for one's prosperity, continuation of one's race, is as old as the Rgveda.
Product Details
ISBN: 9788120811928
ISBN-10: 8120811925
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Publication Date: October 1st, 1995
Pages: 117
Language: English