Gaya (Bihar): A man in this ancient town
annually performs religious rituals for total strangers after
reading their death news in the newspapers, during the Hindu
fortnight of `Pitr Paksha`.
In this `Pitr Paksha`, starting from the full moon day
of the month of Bhadra and culminating on the new moon day of
Ashwin, Suresh Narayan performed the `Pind daan` on the banks
of `holy` Falgu for eminent persons like Jyoti Basu and former
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy.
Narayan, who had in past performed `pind daan` for
personalities like Bismillah Khan, Indian-origin astronaut
Kalpana Chawla, Bharat Ratna awardee Ustad Bismillah Khan and
Pop singer Michael Jackson as well, explained how he
considered it to be a mandatory rite to bring salvation to the
departed souls as a devout Hindu.
Even late classical singer Gangu Bai Hangal, Muslim
cleric Maulana Abdulla Bukhari were not left out by the
Naryan has even arranged mass `pind daan` for the
victims of cloudburst at Leh (Jammu and Kashmir), for flood
victims in Pakistan and China, for the policemen killed in an
encounter with Naxalites in Lakhisarai district, for those
having perished in Tsunami five years back and in the 2008
Mumbai terror attack.
"I have been performing mass `Pind daan` since 2001
and I consider it as my duty towards humanity."
Curiously he even arranged prayers and rituals for the
tortoises killed in poisoing in Surajkund lake in Haryana,
after reading the report in past, as an ecological issue as
On being asked about the rationale behind performing
`Pind daan` for people unrelated to him, Narayan says, "I
believe that all of them are linked with me in some way."
"I will continue to do the same till I myself die," he