Pind Daan At Gaya Ji
The Pind Daan at Gaya needs to be performed at 3 holy spots and in the following order – Phalgu River, Vishnu Pad Temple, and the Akshay Vat Tree. At each spot you sit on the floor facing South and the Pundit facing you. You make the Pind balls and perform the pooja on the floor as directed by the Pundit. At Phalgu River you make the balls and perform the pooja on the banks of the river, the nearby temple complex, or the river bed itself and then carry the Pind balls into the river and immerse the Pind balls in the river. At Vishnu Pad temple you make the balls and perform the pooja in the temple complex (patio and steps) and then carry the Pind balls into the temple and offer it at the feet of Lord Vishnu. At Vishnu Pad you make the Pind balls and perform the pooja at the huge complex around the tree and then carry and offer the Pind balls at the designated spots by the tree. At each location the process takes about 30 minutes. The entire pooja across the three spots takes about 2 hours but during the busy Pitr Paksh period can take about 3 hours due to the large numbers of devotees.
The essence of Pind Daan is making small balls of flour and offering them in the name of the deceased souls. I believe the flour is urad dal powder and it is mixed with a bunch of other traditional items such as sandalwood powder, honey, grass, etc. The pundit (known as “pandas”) will arrange all pooja items which include the basic camphor, ghee, essence sticks, flowers, sweet, etc. The ingredients themselves are not too expensive. Based on your budget additional donation items may be added and arranged by the Pundit such as clothes for donation, brass utensils, etc. You can perform Pind Daan at your budget depends on Devotees.