of the Sraddha). I shall discourse to thee, O
sinless one, what fruits are attained on what days
by performing the Sraddha. Do thou listen to
me with close attention. By adoring the Pitris
on the first day of the lighted fortnight, one obtains
in one’s abode beautiful spouses capable of producing
many children all possessed of desirable accomplishments.
By performing the Sraddha on the second day of the
lighted fortnight one gets many daughters. By
performing it on the third day, one acquires many steeds.
By performing it on the fourth day, one gets a large
herd of smaller animals (such as goats and sheep)
in one’s house. They, O king, who perform
the Sraddha on the fifth day, get many sons.
Those men who perform the Sraddha on the sixth day
acquire great splendour. By performing it on the
seventh day, O monarch, one acquires great fame.
By performing it on the eighth day one makes great
profits in trade. By performing it on the ninth
day one acquires many animals of uncloven hoofs.
By performing it on the tenth day one acquires much
wealth in kine. By performing it on the eleventh
day one becomes the possessor of much wealth in clothes
and utensils (of brass and other metals). Such
a man also obtains many sons all of whom become endued
with Brahma splendour. By performing the Sraddha
on the twelfth day one always beholds, if one desires,
diverse kinds of beautiful articles made of silver
and gold. By performing the Sraddha on the thirteenth
day one attains to eminence over one’s kinsmen.
Without doubt, all the young men in the family of
him who performs the Sraddha on the fourteenth day
meet with death. Such a man becomes entangled
in war, By performing the Sraddha on the day of the
new moon, one obtains the fruition of every wish.
In the dark fortnight, all the days commencing with
the tenth (and ending with that of the new moon), leaving
only the fourteenth day out, are laudable days for
the performance of the Sraddha. Other days of
that fortnight are not so. Then, again, as the
dark fortnight is better than the lighted one, so
the afternoon of the day is better than the forenoon
in the matter of the Sraddha.’”
“Yudhishthira said, ’O thou of great puissance,
tell me what that object is which, if dedicated to
the Pitris, becomes inexhaustible! What Havi,
again, (if offered) lasts for all time? What,
indeed, is that which (if presented) becomes eternal?’”
“Bhishma said, ’Listen to me, O Yudhishthira,
what those Havis are which persons conversant with
the ritual of the Sraddha regard as suitable in view
of the Sraddha and what the fruits are that attach
to each. With sesame seeds and rice and barley
and Masha and water and roots and fruits, if given
at Sraddhas, the Pitris, O king, remain gratified for
the period of a month. Manu has said that if a
Sraddha is performed with a copious measure of sesame,
such Sraddha becomes inexhaustible. Of all kinds