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