Nandi Shraddha (offerings that bring happiness) is performed in preparation for the actual renunciation ceremony. First, the blessings and the presence of all the great sages of the past from whom the true spiritual tradition proceeds are invoked. Then, as in all the cultures of Asia, honor of one’s ancestors is performed by placing little ritual offerings in their names.
For the sanyasa ceremony, Nandi Shraddha is unique because it is performed for one’s own self. Atmane namah; one’s own self has died and one commemorates that death of one’s own. The ceremony one would perform for one's father after he dies, is performed for oneself. One’s own self has died.