Jaganath Swami ki Jaii.. Nitai Gaurangga ki Jai ... Jagatguru Srila Prabhupada ki Jai.
Hare Krsna to all devotees.
We had organised fire sacrifice ritual by a nice Iskcon pujari for my dad's 1st death anniversary. We had few relatives around and some chanting.
As for the second year, I couldnt get leave frm my job and my older brother too was outstation & could not get things organised properly so the prayers for my dad was held in a simple manner in the Iskcon temple itself. We had placed his picture and the mala offered to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was garlanded around it. Then kirtan ,,, prasadam was offered to Lord and placed before my dad. We did not perform the regular yajna and the putra too was not around.
My mom felt this was incomplete and also that the fire sacrifice was very important but I was adviced by certain senior prabhu that this way of prayers is the best for the soul.
Im not doubtful, but with my imperfect senses, I just need more assurance or better understanding of whats the best for my dad's soul. I would love to hear from devotees who have good knowledge of this.
May all benefit from this little realizations.