Japanese woman performs Hindu ancestral worship rites in Gaya

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Gaya (Bihar), Sep 11(ANI): Tomoko Lee, a Japanese national, offered 'Pinda Daan', a Hindu ancestral worship rite in Gaya on Friday.

Lee said that it was dedicated to her grand parents.

"Yes, 'Pinda Daan' I have done for my grandfather and grandmother. Grandmother died about two years ago and grandfather died about a half year ago," Lee said.

Ashok Pandey supervised the rituals. He said Lee may have been impressed by the way Hindus remember their ancestors and resolved to follow suit.

"She developed the urge for performing 'Pinda Daan' for her grandparents after seeing the faith of others," said Pandey.

'Pinda Daan' is an annual ritual performed for ancestors.

Lee, a Buddhist, is a research scholar of Indian culture at the University of Tokyo. (ANI)

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