Asthi Visarjan or Ashes Immersion services in India

What is Asthi Visarjan or Ashes Immersion?

Asthi-visarjan [अस्थि-विसर्जन] is a very important religious ritual in the Hindu religion. Asthi means the left over bones and some ashes of a dead person collected after performing the last rites. In the Hindu religion a dead person is cremated normally on a Funeral pyre where the dead body is placed on logs of fire. Nowadays, Electric or Diesel Crematoriums are also used as they are found in most Indian towns.

After the last rites are performed the remains of the dead person are collected, these are mostly tied in a peace of cloth. These ashes are then immersed in a clean normally flowing water body like a river. The practice of immersion is known as Asthi-visarjan or Ashes immersion.This practice is a must for all Hindus.

It is commonly believed that immersion of the ashes in the river Ganga is most sacred.Hence many devote Hindus do the ashes immersion ceremony at places like Haridwar and Varanasi and also places like Nashik situated on the banks of the Godavari River which is the most sacred river of South India. There are many other places which are also considered as sacred locations for the Asthi-visarjan ceremony.

As per all Hindu religious texts when a person dies, his relation with the material body ends. The soul leaves the body and its next destination depends on the cumulative KARMA of all his previous births. The body if it has completed its process of evolution merges into the Ever-Existent or God, if not then it is prepared for the next birth. The soul is reborn again and again in different material bodies till it finally completes its evolution process.

The material body is cremated to reduce it to its basic elements, during the Cremation the gasses and other compounds present in the body are freed and they merge into the atmosphere. The body consisting of the Five Elements of Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Ether, has already merged into the Elements during the Cremation Ceremony. What is left over are some bones or ashes, these have to find a resting place hence the Asthi-visarjan Ceremony.

A lot of people visiting places like Haridwar, Varanasi, Nashik and numerous such sacred places find that once they come anywhere near a Ghat [a place where these ceremonies are conducted]; they are in the clutches of rouges posing as priests.The common man who does not know much about these rituals is easily trapped by these rouges. A lot of demands are made; these other than money consist of such articles which the priest may be in need of. All is in the name of Shanti or peace for the departed soul.

Why Hindus do Asthi Visarjan or Ashes Immersion?

Asthi Visarjan should always be performed in a prescribed manner. The soul feels hurt if the Asthi Visarjan or Shradh is not performed as specified in the holy epics. The Shradh is performed by Dehagni Sanskar (Cremations) and finally by Asthi Visarjan or Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan. Dehagni Sanskar is performed at the very same day but a delay takes place in Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan by most of the people.

Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan Shradh is one of the most important and essential ritual. It should be completed as soon as possible. Hindus in India perform this duty at their earliest, but Hindus residing in remote countries are not able to think about it.

When to do Asthi Visarjan or Ashes Immersion?

Asthi Visarjan or ashes immersion should always be performed in a prescribed manner. The soul feels hurt if the Asthi Visarjan or Shradh is not performed as specified in the holy epics. The Shradh is performed by Dehagni Sanskar (Cremations) and finally by Asthi Visarjan or Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan. Dehagni Sanskar is performed at the very same day but a delay takes place in Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan by most of the people.

Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan Shradh is one of the most important and essentialritual. It should be completed as soon as possible. Hindus in India perform this duty at their earliest, but Hindus residing in remote countries are not able to think about it.

Holy Voyages offers Asthi Visarjan or Ashes immersion services in Varanasi, Allahabad, Haridwar, Gaya ji, Nashik, Jagannath Puri and many more Indian cities.