Be safe from an unauthorized 'shastris' (priests) in Varanasi

In a bid to check menace of unauthorized priests in the Historic Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT), the divisional commissioner banned entry of 11 such persons in its premises on Wednesday. Their entry passes were also cancelled and they will not be allowed to enter the temple to undertake any religious ritual for devotees. KVT enshrines one of the 12 Joyitirlingas of Lord Shiva and attracts Hindu devotees from across the country, but was besieged by unauthorized 'shastris' (priests) who exploited religious sentiments of people to extract money for years
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Is doing pind daan beneficial without self presence of related family members?

Pind Daan (Shradh, Shraadh) rituals performed without physical presence of the family members. It has same beneficial effects as their personal presence and the family members do get the blessings of the deceased. Further, after conducting the rituals, the positive vibes start flowing back among the family of the dead person.
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Is there any provision in Hindu religion to make own/self Pind daan

There is no such provision to do self pind daan. Only a son or another male relative is authorised to offer pind daan. This type of ceremony is carried out mostly by branhmins in our country and not by all. This is carried out as per the procedures laid down in the books and shastras written by Maha Rishies.
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Gaya – As a Last Homage Point

A place known for its spirituality, Gaya also has historical importance for paying last homage to our ancestors who are no longer with us in physical sense. An important place for conducting last ceremonies, Ramshila is one of the places in Gaya where these ceremonies are conducted.
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Pind Daan For People Having Unnatural Deaths

The spirits of all deceased people who die an unnatural death due to accidents, suicides, murder or getting killed face difficulty in moving over to super natural world as their Atma cannot get Mukti from this materialistic world. All obstacles in life turn into a smooth process by performing Pind Daan rituals with quick positive changes that are observed in life.
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