A girl devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:

“ Sir,  Is suicide the only reason for a human being  turn  into a ghost (after death), or are there other factors? (that gives ghost body after death)? Thanks”


There are plenty of  reasons due to which one gets ghost body, ie, Preta Janma as described by the Lord Narayana (Krishna Himself) in Garuda Purana.

Let  me give you the reasons that causes a person gets Ghost body after death as said by Bhagawan to Garuda.  In some cases, even those dying in accidents get Preta Janma as per the below list because, his past karma has been that much severe to die in accidents and he has not done any remedial activities in this birth. SO, he too is given ghost body.  See the list below.



“Garuda who ever does great sins in the mortal world will obtain pretha janma.   Such events are:

(i)  A  person who robs the land belonging to another person

(ii)  Let a person has done noble deeds like digging wells, pond and lakes,  done charity acts like erecting free water and food distributing centers, constructs  the  houses, temples, etc which are coming to use for many people.   After his death, his successors (like son or other family members) who gets hold of his possession  misuses his charity,  sell the same to make money, such misusers will get pretha janma.

(iii) a person who occupies the land belonging to the border of his village, takes up that  property as his own, also the land belonging to common use like gardens or  forest or wells or land as his own and adds it to his property.

(iv) Also persons who meets his death killed by a `chandala’ (Persons performing lowly duties)

(KARMA & SUICIDE: If karma decides suicide, why the person is punished with a ghost body? READ HERE!)

(v)  if a person gets killed by wild animals;

(vi)  one who meets his death by natural calamities like thunder bolt,

(vii)  one who meets his death by falling into the fire

(viii) one who meets his death by burning or hanging himself or by taking poison; (In general, committing suicide)

(ix) one who dies hit by a bull,  get killed by weapons; Or, by accidents;

(x) one who dies without having anyone to do his final rituals/rites;

(xi) one who dies without any one aware of his death in far off places,

(xii) one who was killed by robbers,

(xiii) one who dies with out doing dhaan.

(xiv) one who does not do shradh (an annual ritual for deceased) or death rites to one’s own parents will attain pretha janma.

(Science behind the fact that chanting keeps ghosts away! READ HERE!)

“(xv) Oh! Vinadeya ! If a Brahmin dies, all the rituals connected with his death should be done by a Brahmin only. The one who dies, a person of the same caste alone should do the rites to the person. Otherwise,  if things like dried cow dung, hay, rice etc, are carried by a Non Brahmin to the cremation ground for doing last rites, then the dead Brahmin and the person who carries the things to the cremation ground -both will obtain pretha janma!

(xvi) A person who falls from the mountain or mountain slope and dies attain Ghost Body!

(xvii) A person who dies while sleeping in the cot or while lying in the cot awake attain Ghost Body!

(xviii) A person who dies in places above the ground (staying in higher stories) attain Ghost Body!

(xix) A person who dies with out uttering the names of the lord attain Ghost Body!

(xx)  A person dies after coming in contact with Prostitute women or touching chandala and without taking bath and purifying himself attain Ghost Body!

(Do evil spirits or ghosts or village gods attack the devotees of Krishna and enter into another body? READ HERE!)

(xxi) A person who dies in house where women with periods are staying will obtain pretha janma.

(xxii) Also persons who lay unverified blame on one’s own mother, wife, daughter, daughter in laws regarding their bad conduct and condemns them will obtain pretha janma.

(xxiii) Persons who subscribe justice against what is written in Manu smriti attain Ghost Body!

(xxiv) Persons who are party in killing or torturing cows and good Brahmins attain Ghost Body!

(xxv) Persons who partake alcohol and other intoxicating products attain Ghost Body!

(xxvi) Persons who rob white silk, gold etc will get the pretha janma.


(Why ghosts and evil spirits disturb others and How to elevate them? READ HERE!)

The persons who get pretha janma will always be roaming in dry deserts struggling for bare subsistence!

In the above list, some innocent cases will be given a token period of ghost body. For serious violations like suicide, the term of ghost body will be more.

So, it is better to lead a Krishna Conscious life to avoid such things and go back to krishna Himself without birth & death.

Hope you are clear about who becomes ghosts after death.

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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