scriptures are replete with several instances of people from high to low longing
for snathanaprapti - child birth by performing yagna yagas, giving danas,
building institutions undertaking thirtha yatras running orphanages and the
like. The good old aphorism, "Aputrasyah gatir nasti- no son, no
salvation" tortures the barren couple in ringing notes day in and day out.
Moreover, childless couple get social odium and are relegated to contemptible
ranks- they are social outcasts. It is recorded that unless the departed are
offered pindas by their children they neither go nor come down. Dangling in air
is their fate. In this also male issues stand on a higher plane and are blessed
with certain special honors. They are eligible to offer pindas. perform funeral
obsequies. This is the chief aim of parents longing for children.
rituals and enervating programme are envisaged for conducting death
anniversaries of the parents. Orthodox people implement every injunction with
great austerity and feel that their departed parents enjoy the company of
celestials and honored there fittingly and highly.