Narayan Bali Shradh

Narayan Bali Puja (in all cases of abnormal death) is a necessary ritual described in Garuda Purana which is performed in all cases of abnormal death, defined as follows: death by fasting, by animals, by accident, by arson, by a curse, by cholera or any unusual disease which suddenly caused untimely death, suicide, fall from a mountain, tree or any height, drowning, death by muggers or robbers, by snake bite, struck by lightning, murder and persons who are great sinners.

[1] For all these people there is neither ritual for cremation, nor tarpana, nor sraddha nor asaucham.

[2] Narayan Bali consists of the same ritual as a Hindu funeral. An dummy body mostly made of wheat dough is used. Vedic Mantras are chanted to invoke such lost souls. The ritual makes them possess the dummy body which is later set alight. The pyre causes the soul to liberate and transcend. One should consult a good Brahmin for Narayan Bali Puja to relieve the dead person's soul and to help reach its destination i.e. Yamaloka.

Nag Bali ritual is same as a Narayan Bali, the only difference is that instead of a dummy human body, a dummy body of a snake (made of dough) is used but the purpose of both the rituals are entirely different.

It is worth noting that Narayana Bali is an entirely different ritual from Nag Bali since the former is a necessary ritual practiced to relieve the dead person's soul who has undergone an abnormal death to help reach its destination otherwise such unfortunate souls keep wandering restlessly. There is no other way to relieve such souls other than this ritual as described in Garuda Purana. On the other hand, Nag Bali is done to get rid of the sin caused by killing a snake or cobra. Hence, if in one's family someone undergoes an abnormal or untimely death, one must perform Narayana Bali by consulting a karma-kandi Brahmin to help relieve the dead person's soul whereas one must perform

When To Perform

Pind Daan can be done all the year but it is better to perform Gaya shradh or Gaya Pind Daan during 1st, 3rd , 5th and 7th day of amawasya with krishana paksh in any month and during auspicious 18days pitri paksh mela.

Why to Perform

Narayan Bali Poojan is similar to a funeral wherein an artificial body of wheat flour is used. By use of Mantras, souls that have desires remaining in this world are invoked. With the rituals, they are able to possess the body made using wheat flour and the funeral liberates them to the other world. Similarly, Nag Bali allows the deceased to get rid of their sins.

By having the Narayan Nagbali Poojan performed, one can get rid of problems of Bhoot Pishaach Badha, not getting success in business, health problems or lack of peace within the family, hindrances in marriage, etc