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Hindu Funeral Customs and Rituals
According to Hindu funeral customs, the body remains at the home until it is cremated, which is usually within 24 hours after death. The ashes are typically scattered at a sacred body of water or at some other place of importance to the deceased.
Although the physical body dies, the individual soul has no beginning and no end. It may pass to another through reincarnation, depending on one's karma (the consequences of one's actions over lifetimes). If the soul has realized the true nature of reality, it may become one with the Brahman, the "One."
Those of the Hindu faith prefer to die at home, surrounded by their family who will keep vigil. According to Hindu funeral customs, the body remains at the home until it is cremated, which is usually within 24 hours after death. The ashes are typically scattered at a sacred body of water or at some other place of importance to the deceased.
At the service, referred to as a wake, mourners may dress casually. White is the preferred color for both males and females. Black is considered inappropriate. An open casket will be present with a priest or "karta" presiding over the proceedings. Hymns and mantras are recited and some services include a fire sacrifice (home). Offerings are made to ancestors and gods.
Flowers may be offered, but bringing food is not part of the Hindu custom. There is always an open casket and guests are expected to view the body. The Hindu priest and senior family members conduct the ceremony.
Ten days later, a ceremony is held at the home of the deceased in order to liberate the soul for its ascent into heaven. Visitors are expected to bring fruit. The mourning period ranges from 10 to 30 days after the death.
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We have arranged many Hindu funerals for Manchester's Hindu community offering various cremation options. We pride ourselves on providing your exact requirements for your loved ones.
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