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By Swami Harshananda

Naimittika-karma literally means ‘occasional duties’.

Obligatory duties to be performed on special occasions like birth and death in a family are called ‘naimittika-karmas.’ Jāteṣṭi and śrāddha are the two examples of the same. Their performance will not produce any special merits but their non-performance will entail sin.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore