Brahman Bhoj - Kedarnath
Top 5 benefits of Brahman Bhoj
Satisfies the desires of our ancestors and rests them in peace.
Cleanses all the sins of our forefathers and liberates their souls.
Gives Punya and liberates from bad Karmas of past and present life.
Benefits our ancestors (of 14 generations) even whose death dates have been forgotten.
For attaining Moksha.
What is Brahman Bhoj ?
Brahm (for brahim) bhoj (for feast) is a unique rituals of feeding Brahmins. It is considered highly auspicious on
Upanayana(the sacred thread ceremony)
The purpose of Brahm-bhoj is to get their blessings, gain punya and satisfy the souls of forefathers.
Brahman Bhoj at Kedarnath
According to legend, even the Nara-Narayana manifestations of Lord Vishnu had descended on Kedarnath and resurrected a Shivling to worship the Lord. Lord Shiva was greatly pleased by the devotion of his fellow Gods and offered a boon to them. Nara-Narayana requested Lord Shiva to stay in the Lingam they had created. Lord Shiva agreed and also declared that it would be known as ‘Kedar’.
This is also the special place where the Pandavas also came to repent for the sins of killing their cousins – the Kauravas. It is a place of the Lord, where one can absolve their sins, gain great spiritual and material happiness, and feel the power of his divine blessings. A journey to Kedarnath is one that remains forever within the hearts and minds of the devotees.
The Kedarnath temple is one of the most important shrines of Lord Shiva in the world. It is of prime importance among the Jyotirlingas, and also a part of the ‘Chota char dham’ temples of Uttarakhand. Cradled between the snowy mountains of the Himalayas, it is considered to be a key pilgrimage by Hindus all across the world.
Those who make the long and strenuous journey to Kedarnath in order to gain Lord Shiva’s darshan, are ultimately blessed with the promise of salvation. Their lives are transformed by the powerful blessings of Lord Shiva, in his Kedareshwar avatar.
Why is Brahman Bhoj Done ?
Story of Pitrupaksh
Legends say Karna, son of Kunti was a philanthropist. He never denied help to anyone who approached him. He had donated a lot of wealth and had indulged in charity but had not donated food ever. Karna left earth after his death and reached heaven. The great charity which he had done on Earth was returned to him manifold in heaven. But it was all material wealth and there was no food. He then realized that although he had done all kinds of charities, he did not donate food.
He prayed to the God of Death, who sent him back to earth for 14 days, to make up for this deficiency. Karna fed the Brahmins and poor and offered oblations of water during the 14 days, which is observed in the Mahalaya Paksha or commonly called Pitrupaksha . On his return to Heaven, he had plenty of food and it has been anticipated that offerings made during the period of Pitru Paksha benefits all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.
ll Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varennyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ll
Brahmins are associated with the performance of all the Vedic rituals. It is said that Brahmins have taken birth from the mouth of Lord Brahma. They are highly knowledgeable about Vedic texts.
It is sai that that unless a Brahmin prays to the Gods through chants, God cannot come and attend the puja rituals of men. Hence, donating or feeding Brahmins is considered very fruitful.
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