Hinduism - Why the Crows are referred our ancestors? What about other birds?
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- 9 years agoFavourite answer
Sangalikita Smiriti gives instruction to give Vayasa Pinda to crow and then only the pitrus get the satisfaction. Apastamba Sutra or the Bodhayana Sutra like Grihya Sutras give details to perform Srardha and give direction on Vayasa Pinda.
In Valmiki Ramayana, Uttara Kanda, there is a story about the crow's right to eat the offering of rice to Pitrus.
1) Vayasa Pinda (Crow food):
‘agnau hutena devasca svargastha vipra bhojanah !
yamasthah pinda danena manusha bhuri bhojanat !!
ucchishthena pisacadyah narakah vikirena tu !
ajnatah kakapindena sraddhe trupyanti saptadha !!’
Seven types of persons get satisfied by performance of Sraddham:
(i) Devas by homa done in Agni
(ii) Pitrus in svarga by Brahmana Bhojanam
(iii) Pitrus in pitruloka by Pinda Danam
(iv) People by Anna Danam
(v) Pisachas by Ucchishtha
(vi) Those in naraka by Vikira Annam
(vii) Unknown relatives by vayasa pinda.
2) Crow Sanskrit Names:
ताम्राक्ष taamraaksa, करटी karatii, भावना bhaavanaa, प्रहृष्टक prahrstaka, नगभिद् nagabhid, अन्यभृत् anyabhrt, मलभुज् malabhuj, अलि ali, रथज्वर rathajvara, कृष्णशकुनि krsnazakuni, निमित्तकृत् nimittakrt, वनवासिन् vanavaasin , चक्रिन् cakrin, पात्रटिर paatratira, करट karaTa , घूकारि ghuukaari, दिर्घायुस् dirghaayus, कृष्ण krsna and many more!
3) AKA (CROW).
Kasyapa was the son of Marici, who was the son of Brahma. Kasyapa's wife Tamra had many daughters like Kaki, Sven!, Bhasi, Grdhrka, Suki and Griva. From Kaki were born the crows in the world. (Agni Purana, Chapter 19) .
(ii) Crows---the symbol of sin:
There is a reference in Siva Purana to this. Long ago the King of Kasi had a daughter named Kalavati. Even in her youth, she received the "Saiva pancaksara mantra." After that, she was married by Dasarha, King of Mathura, who was a sinner. Whcn he touched Kalavati who was a holy woman, he experienced unbearable heat. Kalavati said that it was because of the King's sir... So she took Dasarha to the sage Garga, who purified Dasarha with his mantras (incantations) and made him stand in water. At once the King's sins came out of his body in the shape of crows. Some of them flew away. Many of them fell down with their wings burnt. Seeing this, the sage Garga said that all those crows were the volume of sins accumulated in the course of the innumerable births through which he had passed. (Siva Purana, Pancdksara Mahatmya).
(iii) Crow and Rice-offerings:
In Uttara Ramayana there is a story about the crow's right to eat the offering of rice to Pitrus. Once a King named Marutta performed a Mahesvara sattra. Indra and other gods attended the sattra. Hearing about this, Ravana came that way.
Valmiki Ramayana, Book 7, Chapter 18, Verse 5:
5"इन्द्रॊ मयूरः संवृत्तॊ धर्मराजस तु वायसः
कृकलासॊ धनाध्यक्षॊ हंसॊ वै वरुणॊ ऽभवत"
'indro mayurah samvrtto dharmarajas tu vayasah
krkalaso dhanadhyakso hamso vai varuno 'bhavat'
The frightened gods took the forms of different birds. Indra took the form of peacock. Yama escaped the attention in the form of a crow. Kuber took the form of chameleon. Varuna took the form of Royal Swan.
From that time, Yama was pleased with crows.
ये च मद्विषयस्थास तु मानवाः कषुधयार्दिताः
तवयि भुक्ते तु तृप्तास ते भविष्यन्ति सबान्धवाः
ye ca madvisayasthas tu manavaḥ kṣudhayarditah
tvayi bhukte tu trptas te bhavisyanti sabandhavah
'When human beings suffering from hunger, if you are fed / eating, those people become happy as if they have (met and fed) all his relatives (past and present).
He gave a blessing that in future, when human beings worship the pitrs by offering rice to them, the crows will have the right to eat that rice. Thus the right of the crows to eat offerings of rice, originated from that time.
Read Chapter 18 at;
4) Reference, Book, Personal Collection:
Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, Uttara Kandam, P S Krishnaswamy Iyer, Published by R Subramanya Vadhyar & Sons, Palghat, Year of publication: 1941, Pages 151 & 157 , Total pages 734.Source(s): http://vedvikas.blogspot.com/2010/10/who-are-all-g... http://nitaaiveda.com/All_Scriptures_By_Acharyas/P... http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/rys/rys7018.htm
- 5 years ago
As per vedic thinking Atman is one. Crows are very near to resident of human. All this rituals has come from ancient tribal.That why every culture & religion are conducting ancestors worship in all over world. The shhradhhya means remember to our ancestors with love and shhraddha (Sanksrit). People aer continuing this ceremony because they do not think themselves as very clever that their ancestors, their ancestors was fool. People are grateful to their ancestors not ingrate.
- mitesh sLv 49 years ago
Crow is not as fearful as other birds from human being. When some one die, why other birds are comming to take food ? Atma or self which are without body can easily temporarily can come in crow beacuse of nature of crow is the most suitable among all birds with humanity.
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- Anonymous9 years ago
Crows shown for unity. Crows never take food alone but call other crows to take part in taking food. In fact, Crows are among the most intelligent birds in the world. The crows are misunderstood for centuries and this episode shade lights on their intelligent. Please notice several points in the episodes about the Crows ability to make tools and use it; raise their children in systematic manners; live in social environment and mourn the death of their loved ones like humans. I wonder if our forefathers study the behaviors of Crows? Why did they choose Crows and no other bird? According to the ancient Hindu beliefs the Crows are the linkage between the dead and living humans. Few days ago were the days of “SHRADH”; an offering of food to the Crows so they can take it to our dead relatives. Believe it or not, Crows normally do not visit our yard but we have seen them come and eat our food during “Shradh”. There are many examples that if crows give sound, it is symbolizing that a guest will come.
Animals and Birds occupy an important place in Hinduism. They are frequently mentioned in Hindu myths and legends and enjoy a place of their own in Hindu pantheon as vehicles of many gods and goddesses, as divinities and also as incarnations or aspects of Vishnu or Siva. They embellish and beautify Hindu decorative art and temple architecture, adorning the outer walls and towers of temples as objects of beauty or being installed inside as objects of veneration. Kag Puja, also known as Kag Parva, or worship of crows is the first day of Diwali or Tihar festival in Nepal. This day is dedicated to worship crows.
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- 5 years ago
a) Can anyone please let me know in which direction, Crows are to be fed-in (as in the South-Indian Brahmin Society's routine-duty of every day)? Is there any case-difference that it be 1 for a Tarpan-giving (1 or both of his Parents is/are dead) & a Non-Tarpan-giving (His Parents are alive)? We daily have a dispute at our Home, daily. My Wife says that no food to be fed to Crows, in South direction (the direction of Yama & only for Pitru Tarpana, it can be done...). Is it so?
b) In which direction, a Pooja (any functional religious-ritual pooja) should NOT be done? Is it facing South?
If any one has a correct / accurate answer, Welcome...
- odampullyLv 69 years ago
What type of answer you need? There are so many foolish quotes in holy books. If you want to become an Emporer, you simply climb the tree named 'Angola' and pray to Vishnu, it is written. Think logical and avoid nonsense.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Crow was considered as ancestors as they are readily available at our door step and the basis of this is to feed the bird which calls u for its food. The sounds of the other birds are different as when it is of crow it calls u as if like a name. I am sorry if I dnt tell u exactly wht u expected
- LokeshLv 49 years ago
The crows were considered our ancestors is true since it is followed from generation to generations.
- BuzzzbeLv 79 years ago
Crows are affectionate to us.
It visit us regularly in the morning...may be so its called.
Some sweet birds comes to sing the morning praising songs.
Now a days crows do not clean backside of house eating leftovers.
It wants Biryani ...........lols
- BrahmandaLv 79 years ago
Crow is the vahana of shani who represents the karmas of past.We are indebted to our ancestors who have given us birth. so offering food to crow is regardes as appeasing the hunger of ancestors where ever and which ever form they are reborn.
- °ⓐⓟⓔ°Lv 69 years ago
Where does it say that crows are our ancestors...pls quote from relevant Hindu scriptures.