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According to Hinduism, a dead person's body is supposed to be cremated and no memorial should be erected over it.

On the contrary, the body of a dead saint is buried and a memorial (i.e., Brindavan) is constructed over it.

So why are saints buried? What is the need for such a practice?

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    While taking sanyasa a "shraddha" is already performed for the sanyasis.Probably that is the reason for treating them differently. – Rickross Oct 7 '16 at 13:02
  • Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda were cremated but other saints and children are generally buried. – Chinmay Sarupria Oct 8 '16 at 2:51
  • 1. Not all Hindus are cremated. The 4th varna AFAIK is buried. 2 As for sanyasis:- cremation is the 16th and final samskara for a jIva. A sanyasi is one who, by definition, has forsaken karma. Therefore no further samskArAs/purifications are necessary for them once they have gone through the ritualistic sanyAsa swIkAra. They perform their anushThAnAs as appropriate to their Ashrama and as ordained by their guru. This purifies them on all levels. – user1195 Oct 8 '16 at 13:03
  • The memorial is constructed to mark a centralized place, where people can pay homage, especially during the death anniversary of the saint. – Uday Krishna Oct 8 '16 at 15:01
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    Yes, I agree that the community has failed to recognize the duplicate asked later. I am sorry for that. I appreciate the sportsmanship you have shown. – Sarvabhouma Feb 6 '18 at 7:12

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