I am the youngest son of 3 brothers and my father passed away yesterday. I went to the temple yesterday to seek the help of a pandit for funeral and cremation, when at the temple he mentioned that I should not enter the actual temple until my father has been cremated (actually I'm not sure if I should wait till the actual ashes are disbursed, or just wait till after the cremation). Why is it that I cannot enter the temple?
Am I allowed to pray at home? What should I be doing in these days other than planning the funeral/cremation, and notifying close family and friends of my father?
What should I be doing and what should I not be doing at this time?