Why do we do Asthi Visarjan?

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.

If someone cannot perform this duty of Asthi Visarjan due to time, distance and different situations, to secure the commitments of religious beliefs of those reverent Hindus, We at Haridwar are helping them in this sacred obligation.


What is Asthi Visarjan?

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. Now days 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.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 immersion ceremony at places like Haridwar and Varanasi.And also places like Nashik situated on the banks of the Godavari River. 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 in the name of Shanti or peace for the departed soul. The unsuspecting victim does not even know what ritual the priest is conducting or what mantras he is reciting.


History of Asthi Visarjan?

Rev. Dadaji worked tirelessly for 83 years primarily for the upliftment of humanity and the establishment of human dignity.In his pursuit of enabling all humans to become enlightened, happy, and grateful, Dadaji did not pay attention to his own physical discomforts.He was never deterred by adverse climates, including rain, heat, and snow. He wholeheartedly embraced people from all walks of life, without regard to race, religion, nationality, gender, social status or the like.He became the living embodiment of the Universal Man, showering his selfless love on everyone.

Dadaji Continues His Work.

During his physical life, Dadaji had opened his heart to millions upon millions of people.He has since decided to live in their hearts; Dadaji transformed his role to that of Hridayastha ("dwelling within the heart").

According to the Vedic Way of Life, it is customary to perform Asthi Visarjan (immersing of ashes) in holy waters after the cessation of physical existence. But how could the Swadhyaya family have an Asthi Visarjan for their beloved Dadaji if he continued to live in their hearts? He radiates through their smiles, he sees through their eyes, he touches with their hands, and he walks using their feet. Since Dadaji has not gone anywhere, it did not seem appropriate to have an Asthi Visarjan. Instead, seven Archirayans were held at seven different sites.

"Archirayan" is not a synonym for Asthi Visarjan. Archirayan mirrors the path of the Sun, as Dadaji is like the Sun, with His radiance, warmth, and unique energy. One may wonder, "if Archirayan is not the same as Asthi Visarjan, then why are Swadhyayees performing the ritual of Asthi Visarjan?" Rev. Didiji explains that via the ritual of Asthi Visarjan, vices like inflated ego, jealousy, uncontrolled desires, and anger are symbolically removed.

Dadaji has always treated all like his own children, and Didiji is no different. She has treated Swadhyayees like her own brothers and sisters. Instead of merely saying the all Swadhyayees are her family, she proved it by bestowing upon them the highest honor possible. She allowed them to be an active part of Dadaji's Archirayan, an honor which is traditionally limited only to immediate family members.


When to do Asthi Visarjan?

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 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. If someone cannot perform this duty of Asthi Visarjan due to time, distance and different situations, to secure the commitments of religious beliefs of those reverent Hindus, TARPAN FOUNDTION, Varanasi is helping them in this sacred obligation.