October 27 2021

Hindu funeral rituals

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Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with more than a billion followers practicing these beliefs. The Hindu faith originates in India, it has spread throughout the globe with different denominations, beliefs, and customs for various groups. Hinduism is the most popular religion in the world. Because of its religious origins, Culture, Indian Hindu funeral practices align with Hindu funeral rituals. Unlike other religions, Hinduism has no common doctrine or creed, and there is no founder. Since there are many branches of religion and cultural traditions, death rituals and traditions vary. In Hindu funeral rituals Hindu priest plays the main role as all vidhi (Hindu funeral rituals) is performed by Hindu priest. Most Hindus believe that humans are in a cycle of death and rebirth called SAMSARA in Hindu funeral rituals. As per rituals When a person dies their atman is reborn in a different body. In Hindu funeral rituals it believes that by Hindu funeral mantras we can give peace to the soul. Some believe rebirth happens directly at death, others believe that an atman may exist in other realms. Hindu funeral UK services don’t last longer than 30 minutes, however, this will vary depending on the wishes of the deceased, and their family. Hindu funeral mantras play a very important role in Hindu funeral UK as chanting Hindu funeral mantras by a Hindu priest. all Rituals guide by the Indian priest UK (Indian priest).

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What Is a Hindu Funeral?

Hindu funeral death rituals dictate that cremation is the norm, but the body remains in the family’s home until it is moved to the cremation location.

A Hindu funeral may have three parts as per Hindu funeral rituals:

  1. A wake/Hindu funeral in the family’s home
  2. A cremation ceremony (“mukhagni”)
  3. A “shraddha” ceremony

The actual funeral takes place in the home, although the actual event could be considered a wake by western standards, due to its short length. The cremation ceremony takes place at the place of cremation after the body has been moved from the home. There may also be a third ceremony (shraddha) that takes place about 10 days after the death. A Hindu funeral typically takes place within one day and sometimes two days after the time of death. No gifts or flowers should be brought to the Hindu funeral, although flowers may be sent or brought ahead of time. Hindu funeral rites take the form of chants, or mantras, which are specially written to be chanted at funerals. you can chant these Hindu funeral mantras in Hindu funeral prayers 108 times. According to rituals, Hindu funeral mantras are give soul peace. Hindu priest pandit chant funeral mantras while they do rituals, it helps to give peace. The officiant is a Hindu priest, who also presides over all the Hindu funeral rites, leading the family and other mourners in the various death rituals. Here describe Hindu funeral mantras :

Hindu funeral mantras :

In Hindu funeral rituals Hindu funeral mantras play an important role, Those who worship Lord Siva recite ‘Om Nama Sivayah,’ and also ‘Sivaya Namaha. ‘ These Hindu funeral Mantras are most powerful Mantras as Moksha God is Shiva’ ( Mahadev ). and these Hindu funeral mantras are God shiva’s, this mantra helps a lot to give soul peace.
you can chant these Hindu funeral mantras in prayers 108 times. According to Hindu funeral rituals, Hindu funeral mantras are given soul peace.

In Hindu funeral mantras The first is called Sthula Panchakshara and the second is called Sookshma Panchakshara.

Each of the letters in these Hindu funeral mantras has significance.

 ‘Na’ represents our pride.

 ‘Ma’ represents the impurities in our minds.

 ‘Si’ represents Lord Siva.

 ‘Va’ represents Goddess Sakti.

 ‘Ya’ represents the atma.

 So when we say, ‘Sivaya Namaha,’ the atma, represented by ‘ya,’ is in the middle.

so in Hindu funeral mantras On one side are pride and other impure thoughts represented respectively by ‘Na,’ and ‘Ma.’ On the other side of ‘ya,’ we have Lord Siva and Goddess Sakti represented by ‘Si’ and ‘Va.’

So it is for us to decide what we are going to do. Will we go the way in which temptation leads us? Or will we turn towards God? The ‘ya’ comes right next to ‘Va,’ for the Goddess is even more merciful than Lord Siva. After all, an erring child is afraid to approach its father. It first seeks forgiveness from its mother, who recommends to the father that he must not judge his child harshly.

In the same way, the Goddess makes sure that the Lord’s wrath is not directed towards us. She speaks to Him on our behalf. To get His mercy, we must go to Her first. His mercy then automatically comes to us.

Hindu Mourning Period and Memorial Vidhi

The day after the cremation, the Karta will return to the crematory and collect the ashes. Traditionally, the ashes should be immersed in the Gangas River, though more For Hindus living outside of India, there are companies that will arrange for the shipment of the cremated remains to India and will submerge the ashes in the Gangas. In Hindu funerals,  these all rituals are performed by Hindu priest.

Why is the River Ganga important in Hindu funerals?

The traditional location for Hindu cremations is on the banks of the Ganga River in India for Hindu funerals. The family carries the body to the cremation site on the river banks for the final ceremonies, and they believe that this location is key to allowing their loved one to leave the cycle of birth and death in the attainment of nirvana or enlightenment.

A Hindu priest will preside over the event and guide mourners through the process of saying goodbye that how serves to help the deceased person’s soul move from spirit form to its new body in the cycle of reincarnation.

For Hindu funerals in the UK families who are not in India may choose local cremation services for funerals, with directors or Indian priests offering support for the rituals and traditions of cremation.

The cremation of the deceased marks the beginning of the mourning period, which lasts for 13 days. During this time, the family of the deceased will stay at home and receive visitors, though mourning rituals may differ depending on the community. A photograph of the deceased may be prominently displayed, and a garland of flowers may be placed on the photograph. Throughout the mourning period, the rite of “preta-karma” will be performed by a Hindu priest which assists the disembodied spirit of the deceased to obtain a new body for reincarnation.

One year after the death, the family will observe a memorial event called “shraddha,” which pays homage to the deceased. The Karta will invite Hindu priests, members of the highest caste, to the home and provide them with an elaborate meal, treating them as he would his own parents.

After one year

The thirteenth-day intense period of Hindu mourning rituals may involve family & friends, the immediate family of the deceased is considered in mourning for a year following the death of the loved one. During this time, some of the traditions will limit or restrict participation in festivals and events, as well as discourage making life-altering decisions like changing jobs or moving. Some traditions will not allow for a wedding to take place during the year.

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