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Questions tagged [death]

Questions related to death.

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Alternative to “rest in peace” (RIP)

What should be said on the death of a Hindu, instead of RIP? I am given to understand that religions like Christianity and Islam use the phrase RIP in relation to a dead person, so that he/she ...
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How is the Antim Sanskar of unmarried hindu Women done?

What is the procedure of Antim Sanskar when a married women dies? Does she dress like a bride? Who gives the agni to her pyre?
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Remain conscious while dying?

This question is continuation of What can one do to enjoy death or the dying process? . From answers I learned devotion can be the mArga to enjoy death process. Now my question is How to remain ...
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Why do we perform this ritual at someone's death bed?

When a person is about to die and leave his mortal body it is said that we must put gangajal i.e. water of holy river Ganga and tulsipatra i.e. leaves of sacred Tulsi plant in the person's mouth. What ...
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Why should not we hang our ancestral (dead) photos near with God's photo?

As a human, I feel that after dead my ancestral soul are bind with God. If so why can't I allow to hang their photos with the God's? Is it abnormal thing to do?
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Who should do Antim Sanskar (funeral rites) of married woman?

Who should do the rituals of antim sanskar of a married woman - her son or her husband? And who should give the mukhagni?
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How is punishment and enjoyment possible in hell and heaven without body?

How does a soul enjoy the fruits of his deeds in heaven without a mortal body???
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Since Kaliyuga itself feels like hell (naraka), do souls still go to hell after death?

Are swarga and naraka any different in Kali Yuga? I mean quality of life itself will deteriorate so much in Kali Yuga that it will seem like hell on Earth so will there be another hell after death to ...
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What is the account of Vishnu and Brahma not being able to eat and creating a demi-god to “eat”?

What is the account of Vishnu and Brahma not being able to eat and creating a demi-god who would "eat" for them? I'm not sure if I got major Gods right.
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Reuniting in After Life for unnatural death

1.Does two suicide soul (two person who committed suicide but not at a same time) can meet in after life? 2.Do soul recognize each other after death? 3.Do they hold any memory of this earthly life? ...
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How did Vidura die in the Mahabharata?

As per my knowledge, Vidura was the Prime Minister of the Hastinapur and resigned from the post as war was decided. After the end of war, Yudhishthira appointed him as Prime Minister. But I've never ...
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What's the Sanskrit word for maintaining distance with relatives of the deceased? [closed]

What's the Sanskrit word for theetu (as used in apara kaaryam) as tamil brahmins say ?.What is the duration of theetu relatives- wise ?
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Which chapters of Bhagavad Gita should be read for Shanti of the departed ancestors?

What are the specific chapters of Bhagavad Gita that should be read for the Shanti of the departed ancestors/ family members ?
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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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What prayaschitta can be done when last rites are not performed for the departed soul?

My grandmother who was 85 expired today. She had no sons, only a daughter (my mother) and as my mother's health is not good relatives and others said she should not do any last rites. Neither can my ...
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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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Guidance about visiting temples after a 13th day of death of any family member

I am a Hindu and Maratha Kshatriya from Goa. I just wanted to ask few questions which I believe to have different answers from different brahmans I consulted so far. It's been a month, I lost my ...
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How to reconcile prāyaścitta (expiation) involving death with suicide (itself a big sin)?

A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot; he becomes freed from his guilt, when his body has been completely burnt by it. — (90) (Manusmriti verse 11....
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What is the significance of hand imprint of the departed soul in ash of cow dung set in a plate in a locked room overnight, after Garud Puran?

We were told to perform this i.e., placing ash of cow dung in a plate in a locked room, for the probable hope that the hand imprint of our loved one would appear. What is the significance of this? ...
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What scriptures talk of difference in leaving the body consciously and unconsciously which is death?

We have reference on what happens after death and before next birth of the soul. What will be the experience of us,as per ancient texts and how we will be if we leave this body at will, and leave this ...
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How do Spiritual Masters,Yogis Avatars and Demons transcend the veil of death and appear in the here and now?

Do Spiritual Masters, Yogis, Avatars and Demons of the past transcend the veil of death and appear in the here and now of this phenomenal world and if so how do they do it and where have they come ...
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Sannyasa after death

I hope you can help me as searching on Google has not helped that much. My father passed away in February. I wondered whether anyone knew whether the soul can take Sannyasa? My father identified with ...
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What can one do to enjoy death or the dying process?

Death is usually very painful as noted in this Wikipedia article on Death: Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection ...
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Person who dies on Ekadashi, never goes to hell?

I heard if any person dies on Ekadashi then he never gets any kind of suffering in afterlife. Normally yamduta (workers of God of death) comes to get soul but on Ekadashi day yamdutas are forbidden to ...
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What is the purpose of sending a soul to Svarga or Narka?

What is the purpose of sending a soul to Svarga or Narka? if ultimately it has to return back to Earth to get over whatever Karma it did in the previous lives. Link from Wikipedia here says: Yama ...
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Is it true that the next life depends on our thoughts while dying?

I heard from many preachings that whatever the person thinks while dying, will eventually decide the persons next life. Is it true?
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Is this life cycle never ending one?

Just wanted to understand if this life cycle of birth and death is a never ending one? We know that a person/soul/jeevatama can get out of this cycle under certain conditions/circumstances by ...
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Which Hindu scriptures discuss the Sati practice?

My teacher said that the Sati practice was not actually a common practice and does not belong to our dharma. Vedic Religion was there from around 500 BC but Sati started from around 4th century (I ...
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How exactly did Swami Vivekananda die?

Wikipedia says: On 4 July 1902 (the day of his death) Vivekananda awoke early, went to the monastery at Belur Math and meditated for three hours. He taught Shukla-Yajur-Veda, Sanskrit grammar and ...
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Who should perform shraddha/funeral ceremony of a married women whose husband is still alive

According to shastra (specifically to Brahmin, no offence to others though) who should perform funeral and post death rituals of a married women whose husband in still alive (they call muttaide in ...
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Are BG 8.23 - 8.26 interpolations?

From here: O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, the yogī does or does not come back. 8.23 Those who know the ...
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Marriage after maternal grandfather demise [duplicate]

My marriage was fixed for the date after 2 months and now, my maternal grandfather died. Should I need to postpone my marriage or it can be done according to Hindu tradition?
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What are the rituals to be performed for a dead kitten at our house?

A 3 days kitten died in our house. We tried to bring her to life but failed. What type of rituals should we do? Are there any rituals to distribute salt among neighbours and like that?
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Do scriptures prescribe what dues must be paid to the dead?

I believe immediately after death, the Preta (the one that has been sent) has to be guided to heaven with rituals and mantras. Are there similar rules about the shraddha ceremony also?
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Death Time for Grandmother

My Grandmother(Father's mother) aged 88 has passed away on Thursday 22/03/2018 inbetween 3PM to 3:15PM due to natural death inside the hall of the house. Strange thing is that she said at 3:10PM ...
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Is there any chapter/Scripture in Bhagavad Geeta that specifically talks about sutak (Death)

For example what rules and regulations to follow when a close relative dies in the family - specifically in Bhagavad Geeta. i know that its mentioned very well in the Garuda Purana, but i would like ...
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What are the limitations of the Jivatma after death?

While living, a Jivatma through a body can think, walk, talk etc...but can it do such things after death? For 10 days, Jivatma remains at familiar places and afterwards is carried away to the abode of ...
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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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How many days Sutak should be followed by an unmarried granddaughter, on the death of grandfather's brother's wife?

My paternal grandfather's brother's wife passed away and there are lot of contradictory statements we are getting over the Sutak period that is applicable to me in this case. Should it be three and ...
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If mother dies within 12 months of father's death, when the final ritual will happen for father & mother?

If mother dies within 12 months of father's death, when the final ritual will happen for father & mother?
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When do 'Chiranjeevi's die?

Hindus believe in a cyclic nature of time. Here the same key events are repeated forever. Then we should have the same 'Chiranjeevi's born repeatedly. This means, we should have an infinite number of ...
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Is Chitragupt of Yamlok mentioned in any scriptures?

In many movies, there is a scene about Yama-Loka where Chitragupta records good and bad deeds of people who arrive there after death. My questions: Is there a scripture that describes this part ...
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What is the Sutaka period for the death of the mentioned family members? [duplicate]

How many days sutaka is to be followed in case of the following events. If Father's Mother dies Mother's Mother dies Father's Brother dies Father's Sister dies Please Provide the answer with ...
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What are the effects if rituals after death are not performed at all?

What are the effects If rituals after death are not performed at all or incorrectly performed? What effects to the person who has died? What effects to them who does not perform the rituals?
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How do you know death is near for a person as per scriptures? Is there any reference?

I have seen an old man suffering for long where as healthy young man died. So is there any mention in scriptures or any indication of a man dying? I have googled around and found few answers which ...
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Did Vivekananda prophesy he would die before the age of 40? Why didn't he prolong his life through yoga?

I heard that Swami Vivekananda predicted he would not live beyond 40. Is this true? What were his exact words in this regard? Also, since he was a master practitioner of yoga, what reasons (if any) ...
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How did Bhadra conceive children from the corpse of her husband?

Mahabharata Sambhava Parva Section CXXI mentions an interesting story of a king Vyushitashwa who dies without siring any child. His wife lamenting on his death bed hears her dead husband's voice ...
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Planning Bhoomi pooja after death of My father's elder brother [closed]

My Periyappa (My father's elder bother)died before one month.Thirty day rituals has completed.Now My family are planning do Bhoomi pooja. Shall we do this? Some people used to say, we have to wait for ...
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Why do we bury dead body of a Sannyasi rather than burn it?

I have heard many times that if there is any funeral then probably we burn the deceased person. But in case of death of a Sannyasi we do not burn his body rather bury in the ground. This is even ...
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What happens after death according to Vedic samhitas?

I could not find references to rebirth in Vedic samhitas i.e., Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur veda and Atharva veda. I would like to know what happens after death according to Vedic samhitas (Rig Veda, ...