Shraaddh (Hindu Funeral Rites) Shouldn’t Be Skipped

Original poem in Maithili by Gajendra Thakur Translated into English by Jyoti Jha Chaudhary

Jyoti Jha Chaudhary, Date of Birth: December 30 1978,Place of Birth- Belhvar (Madhubani District), Education: Swami Vivekananda Middle School, Tisco Sakchi Girls High School, Mrs KMPM Inter College, IGNOU, ICWAI (COST ACCOUNTANCY); Residence- LONDON, UK; Father- Sh. Shubhankar Jha, Jamshedpur; Mother- Smt. Sudha Jha- Shivipatti. Jyoti received editor's choice award from www.poetry.comand her poems were featured in front page of www.poetrysoup.com for some period.She learnt Mithila Painting under Ms. Shveta Jha, Basera Institute, Jamshedpur and Fine Arts from Toolika, Sakchi, Jamshedpur (India). Her Mithila Paintings have been displayed by Ealing Art Group at Ealing Broadway, London."ARCHIS"- COLLECTION OF MAITHILI HAIKUS AND POEMS.


Gajendra Thakur (b. 1971) is the editor of Maithili ejournal “Videha” that can be viewed at http://www.videha.co.in/ . His poem, story, novel, research articles, epic – all in Maithili language are lying scattered and is in print in single volume by the title “KurukShetram.” He can be reached at his email: ggajendra@videha.com


Shraaddh (Hindu Funeral Rites) Shouldn’t Be Skipped
The second death followed by one
His father’s and his uncle’s
People of uncle were dominating
The younger brother was worried
In the second death during the shraaddh
One shraaddh becomes adequate for both
Another Shraaddh would be skipped
Both brothers were worried
The priest too wouldn’t favour the weak
Whatever the Shastras (religious rules) say
Just inform the maternal uncle’s family
Father’s funeral shouldn’t be omitted.

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