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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?
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What happens after death?

Does a human being have a soul after his/her death? What will happen after a man's death according to Hinduism?
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Does the karma from the previous life affects the current life?

I was reading this post recently where @jabahar explains about Are people always reborn as people? where user answers as — Depending upon karma a jivatma (spirit) may reborn in the body of ...
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Is organ donation allowed? Have any Hindu acharyas commented on this practice?

According to some religions, donating the human organs (especially after one's death) is considered a good practice. So is it a good thing to do according to Hindu scripture? Have any Hindu acharyas ...
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Do Gods die in Hinduism?

In Christianity, God dies. Something similar concept is there in Norse mythology. Are there any stories in Hinduism about the death of Gods? P.S. I am not talking about avatars.
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What is “Moksha” in Hinduism?

I have heard the word "Moksha" in Hinduism. I know it is related to death and birth. What exactly it is?
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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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What is the significance of 3, 16, or 41 days after the death?

Basically, there are a few numbers (of days) after various events that are of special significance. E.g. 41 days after a person dies, the members of their family must go to a temple; likewise for any ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Many people use the practice of Sati (सती) as a weapon against Hinduism to point out that it is full of bad practices. I have heard that it was limited to one particular community in one of the states ...
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What does Hinduism say about Suicide?

What does Hinduism say in regards to suicide? Or maybe even assisted suicide? Not just out of depression or anger, but what if your just tired and want to retire?
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Is there heaven/hell in between death and rebirth?

According to Hinduism, What happens between death and rebirth? Does the soul go to heaven/hell in between? If so, does rebirth occur irrespective of whether the soul went to heaven or hell?
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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 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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Does re-birth take place immediately after death according to Hinduism?

I would like to know if re-birth take place immediately after the death according to Hinduism? Some people say, if the man has done some good karma, he will be gone to heaven and then enjoy the ...
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Will the atma get moksha if a person dies unnaturally?

Will the atma get moksha if a person dies in unnatural ways such as suicide, murder, etc?
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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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Why do we keep saying “rama naam satya” while carrying a dead body for funeral?

Why do we only say about the Rama naam during the funeral though we have various gods in hinduism. Is there any specific story behind this? I've never heard anyone pronouncing the names of lord ...
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What is death and life?

Sometimes I'm very confused about what is life and death. Why are we living and why will we face death? In Vedic shastras, there is detail explanation on what happens after death, what we have to do ...
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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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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why man is mortal? Suppose one person is very religious and very responsible family person as well.He is very much dedicated/ respectful to god and he loves his family very much and he don't want to ...
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How was Yama born and how did he become the king of Yamaloka?

I've heard a lot about Yama who carries dead persons from Earth to Yamaloka in his vehicle, a buffalo. My question is, how was Yama born and how did he become the king of Yamaloka?
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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 exactly is a loka? Is it a place that be physically reached?

How to visualize the Hindu lokas, Satya-loka or Brahma-loka, Pātāla-loka etc.? What exactly are they? Are they like planets or galaxies made up of atoms and chemical elements? I am not asking why ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda, Paramhamsa Yogananda, & Osho Rajneesh really attain Moksha according to Vedic scriptures? [duplicate]

Below slokas from the Gita are actually a bit mystical in nature: BG 8.23-8.26 — O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, ...
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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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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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Why is the concept of Divine judgement not given much importance in Hinduism?

Divine judgement and the concept of the soul going to either heaven or hell based on actions on Earth is present in many religions. But this concept is conspicuously absent in Hinduism - rather ...
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Death in family - does a marriage need to be postponed?

I recently had a death in the family. My paternal grandmother (father's side) died at the ripe old age of 87 after a short battle with cancer. We are Hindu/Iyengaars. I am supposed to marry my fiance (...
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Karma & Rebirth: If you're too attached to your pet and are reborn as that pet, what happens to your karma?

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam a.k.a Bhāgavata Purāṇa, King Bharata a.k.a Jaḍa Bharata was reborn as a deer at some point because he was too attached to the deer which he adopted when it was still ...
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According to Hinduism, what do we carry into afterlife and next birth?

In our life we accumulate many things like memories, beliefs, knowledge, etc. But after death what do we actually carry from current life into afterlife, and what things will fill the next body after ...
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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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Does the soul remain at home for 10 days after death?

When a person dies, what happens after that? Does he go to Yama Loka like this answer suggest: What happens after death? or he remains at "familiar" places for 10 days? Swami Sivananda says: The ...
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Why does soul leave the body only when the body cannot support further life?

Suppose a person X had a severe accident, body almost completely destroyed. If we think of X only as a body, then he will surely die as the body cannot support further life. But we define death as ...
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Is painless killing a form of himsa?

It is clear that killing anything by paining body is himsa. That's why many people in Hinduism(Brahmins) generally do not prefer to eat animal food. My doubt is whether killing an animal(any living ...
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What was the reason for Swami Vivekananda's Death?

I have always heard that because he was a pure celibate, and have never allowed his body to waste the best chemical on planet (sperm). According to Hinduism at least this reason does not make any ...
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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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What is the physiological criterion for death?

Modern medicine determines death by neurological criteria, but various religious groups may have reservations. For example, orthodox Jews require all vital functions to fail and do not consider a ...
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If soul gets rebirth into another body, will pinda pradanam and shraddha rituals reach that soul?

I had a big doubt from many years, but didn't get a chance to get it clarified. As we all know punarapi jananam; punarapi maranam from Adi Shankaracharya's Bhaja Govindam which means until all of our ...
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What happens during Moksha?

What happens during Moksha, the end of all deaths? I know already that the higher death is when the soul is reborn in a heavenly place but What about Moksha? What happens and what really Moksha ...
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Presence of children at the time of death of parents?

What does Shastras/ Vedas prescribe in the matter of son/daughter being present near father/mother at the time of their death? I read somewhere it is required that a son be present with parent at the ...
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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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Why women are not allowed to attend Funerals

Why are women not allowed at the shamshan ghat ? Can they perform the final rites of their parent if she is only child to their parents ?
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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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Can we meditate on Lord Shiva during Sutak period?

Sutak is the period of abstention observed by the Hindus after birth or a death of a family member. Can we mediate on Lord Shiva with Panchakshari Mantra during Sutak period?
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Life after death

My question is related to this , As a Hindu I also believe in life after death and rebirth. My question is where will be our soul in between death and rebirth. Does it stay with the last life? I am ...
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Can a person die before death time?

This question arised in my mind after I read - Will Athma get moksha if a person die unnaturally?, Many people went from serious accident & surgery that time elder says that Ram Rakhe ene kon ...
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Which species are Urdhvochhishta, Ardhochhishta and Ubhayochhishta?

The Dharma Kanda (Preta Kanda) of Garuda Purana contains a great detail on description of hell, the journey of our soul after death. It also contains detailed explanation of cremation rites to be ...
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According to scriptures, is postmortem of the human body appropriate after death?

Just to find out some illness, and to find out the cause of death and to do some experiment, is postmortem appropriate? Any scriptural reference about this?
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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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Jyotisha-Shastra and prediction about death?

Does Jyotisha-Shastra have elaborate methods to predict death? If so, what is the method? I read in "Jaimini sutra" pertaining to astrology that there is a predictive method for death, but the method ...