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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Can cremation be done after sunset? What do scriptures say about the timing of cremation?

A recent news report says that the dead body of a rape victim was cremated by Indian police very late in the night: "We wanted the last rites to be performed according to the Hindu traditions. ...
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What is the age at which a child can be cremated instead of being buried or attend a funeral?

I have 2 questions regarding age limit for funeral: 1.) Children are not allowed in a funeral ceremony. What is the earliest age at which a person can attend a funeral? 2.) Children are buried and ...
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Why is burial preferred over cremation for enlightened beings and children? [duplicate]

For enlightened beings and children, the order of preference is burial over cremation, there are exceptions though like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda were cremated. Some people ...
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Is it okay to dispose a dog's dead body in the river?

My dog passed away last night and as far as the rituals in my family are concerned, we have to dispose the dead body into the river. But most of my relatives and friends are now saying we should have ...
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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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Why do people shout "Govinda Govinda" during death rites whereas burial ground consists of lord shiva paintings?

In Hinduism, Near Burial Grounds have lord Shiva paintings but people shout "Govinda Govinda" for death rites. Both are different gods, then why lord Venkateshwar paintings are not present at burial ...
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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?