Questions tagged [cremation]

Cremation is the funeral rite , performed by burning the dead body. Also called as "Antima Sanskar", child below the age of puberty is typically buried.

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Does Garuda Purana suggest cremation ritual should be done only by son of same gotra excluding son born of inter caste marriage?

During a condolence meeting, I heard Garuda Purana Katha and during that, pundit said cremation ritual will be fruitful only if it's done by your own family member like your son or brother's son etc ...
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What is the order of cremation rights?

I know that the eldest son takes precedence. What happens in case of someone who dies without sons? Can daughters cremate their dead father?
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Cremation rituals for cows after death?

Since cow is one of the sacred animals in Hinduism, are there any cremation rituals that need to be followed when a cow dies? If yes, what is the exact process?
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The importance of “Harichandra” for the human last funeral ceremony [closed]

In Hinduism, the people follow some process called "Harichandra" at the last time of human body in the burial ground. And they also say some slogans at the time of the same. Does anyone know about ...
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Precedence in cremation rites

For a woman with two married daughters (with no children) but no husband, who is in-charge of the cremation rite? This site says the precedence goes to the eldest daughter, but it is highly unusual ...
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Why Hindus don't give clothes to the body of dead at time of cremation?

I was in visit to Kerala of my christian friend. There I was asked many questions about Hindu mythology. They asked me why we not give any clothes when we cremate anybody. I had no answer but I ...
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What is the Purpose of own Antyesthi (Cremation) before taking Sanyasa?

Everyone knows there are 16 Sanskar in Hinduism. In this 16 Sanskar, Antyesthi (Cremation) is the final Sanskar performed after death (of a person) by his or her descendents.But I came to know that ...
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Why do Hindus still perform cremation now that it is known that cremation will kill microbes?

Scientists tell us that 90% of the cells in (or on) a human body are microbes (bacteria/viruses, etc.). Most of these are essential for human life. When the dead body of a Hindu is cremated, all ...
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Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?

The other two major religions, Christianity and Islam both practice burial after death. What factors influence the Hindus to practice cremation instead?