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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?

Let us start with the persons who are who are authorised to perform funeral rites of a deceased person. Persons authorized to perform last rites: Garuda said: 1. O Lord, now tell me who are ...
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Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?

why-do-hindus-believe-in-cremation-instead-of-burial ? One of the reasons and explanations why Hindus believe cremation of the dead is also given in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad - Adhyaya 5 - Brahmana ...
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Cremation rituals for cows after death?

I am not sure how you got the idea that a cow should be cremated. To be frank I have never found (so far) a reference which says that a cow should be cremated or even buried. So, there seems to be a ...
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Can cremation be done after sunset? What do scriptures say about the timing of cremation?

Cremation can be done after sunset. In fact, it appears that there exists a Sastric injunction that if one fails to perform the cremation within 10 hours from the time of death then that creates a ...
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Why do people shout "Govinda Govinda" during death rites whereas burial ground consists of lord shiva paintings?

Your question can be divided into two different questions. Why are there pictures of Shiva painted near cremation walls? Why do people chant Govinda Govinda during death rites? Now answering your ...
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What is the order of cremation rights?

You can look at my answer here. It was for a different question, but it covers what you asked for. Yes, daughter can do the last rites, but only when all the others in precedence above her are either ...
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Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?

Vineet Menon's answer is perfect in itself, adding to it- They are eight elemental gods (called "Aṣṭa-vasu", 'Eight Vasus') representing aspects of nature (The Five Elements - Pancha Bhoothas: earth,...
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What is the age at which a child can be cremated instead of being buried or attend a funeral?

What is the earliest age at which a person can be cremated after death? The rules and rituals relating to the Antyēṣṭi (last rites) of a person are contained in what are called the Pitṛmēdha Sūtras ...
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What is the order of cremation rights?

In the absence of a son any Jnati or kinsmen or a Sapinda can do it. A more specific order of preference is wife > uterine brothers. [Every rite] for the parents, such as the offering of the ...
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Is it true that people who are cremated in Kashi get Moksha?

Dying in Kashi is enough to earn liberation; see my answer here. Quoting from the Same Garuda Purana verse, 16.114: He who, expecting to die, leaning his home, dwells at a sacred bathing-place, or ...
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What happens to people whose bodies are not cremated?

Per the Shiva Purana, people who are not cremated are not reborn: 6.21.36: The procedure of obsequies shall be followed. If their bodies are not cremated they are likely to miss the good goal. The ...
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