Why Crow?

In our previous blogs, we discussed the ritual process and the importance of fire in these ancestral practices. Today, we shed light on the importance of crow in these rituals.

6/29/20232 min read

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In Sanatan Dharma, the Sharad holds deep significance as a time to honor and remember our ancestors. During this period, one of the rituals involves offering food to crows. Crows symbolically represent Yama, the god of death, in Vedic literature. It is believed that when a crow partakes in the food offered during Pitru Paksh ( fathers side ), it brings peace to the departed souls. This act also brings contentment to Yama, who conveys blessings and messages to our forefathers. Honoring our ancestors exemplifies the reverence for lineage and heritage.

The Fascinating Story of Kaka Bhusundi: An intriguing aspect related to the practice of feeding crows during Sharad is the association of crows with a mythical figure named Kaka Bhusundi. According to our mythology, Kaka Bhusundi is regarded as the world's first time traveler, existing beyond the limitations of time. It is believed that Kaka Bhusundi resides within the essence of crows. By feeding crows during Sharad, it is thought that they can carry the offered food to our ancestors. This ritual is performed with the intention of bringing peace and contentment to the departed souls, while satisfying Yama, the god of death.

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