Hindu Antyesthi Ceremonies
The conduction of Hindu Antyesthi ceremonies takes place in a traditional Hindu setting where the priests use the Sanskrit language during the ceremony. It's important that you choose a priest who can perform Antyesthi ceremony Bilingual so moment is sufficiently covered at all times & understand by attendee. Hindus attach importance to the Death ceremonies and Atman therefore; they try as much as possible to make the ceremonies complete.
Maran sanskar/ Antyesthi (Death rites)
Antyeshti is the final samskara in a Daivajna's life. Yajur Veda regards vivaha as the sixteenth samskara while Rig Veda considers antyeshti. Though performed after the death of a person by his relatives, it is of importance because the value of the next world is higher than that of the present. The first ritual after death is to place a few tulsi leaves, a few drops of water and gold in the mouth of the dead person. It is then laid on the floor which has been purified by applying the sacred cow dung. The old clothes are removed. The body is then covered with one piece of a new, It is then laid on a bier made of bamboo canes tied with jute strings. The body is decorated with flowers, tulsi, bhasma, gandha etc The family members then take the body to the cremation pyre, all the while chanting the Lord's name. After the body is laid on the funeral pyre, ghee is poured over it and the fire kindled by the nearest relative. Sesame seeds are also sprinkled onto the fire as a form of puja(Tellanjali/Teelahuti are offered to a stone called as "ashma".). The fire lighted in the vivaha ceremony was later, by tradition, taken to the house and kept kindled in an altar throughout life. This signified that married life was to be lived through life's vicissitudes, together. When one of the spouse died, the agni (fire) was taken in an earthen pot to the crematorium, where it was used to light the pyre. This symbolized the end of vivaha and the beginning of agni (antyeshti) samskara. various mantras are chanted and ahutis are given to different gods. By cremation, the body's five basic components - known as panch bhuts - prithvi(earth), jal (water), tej (fire), vayu (wind) and akash (space) are returned to those of the universe, thus maintaining the cosmic equilibrium. All the samskaras are spiritually oriented. However, some directly benefit the environment in one way or another.
After cremation, the ashes and residual bones (asthi) are collected in an urn. The urn is then taken to a sacred places such as Gokarna,Harvalle,Narsoba vadi,Gangapur or to the sacred confluenc e of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Allahabad, known as the Triveni Sangam. During the ritual priest utters Vedic mantras and performs the final rites for the salvation of the deceased. The ashes are then sprinkled into the river.
Sutak (Ashauch) - Impurity
This is a period of ten to thirteen days during which the nearest family members do not perform their personal daily religious rituals such as puja, arti . Their personal puja is given to a friend to perform on their behalf. The family members cannot visit the mandir for darshan. On the third, ninth, eleventh, twelfth day, shraddhas are performed to repay pitru (ancestral) debt. The general Hindu belief is that as soon as the soul leaves the body, it adopts food balls made from cooked rice or jav and water - to the growing limbs, either day-to-day or all ten together on the tenth day. It is believed that, upto this day, the deceased still continues his relation with this world. Therefore the deceased is termed preta, which means one who has departed, but who has not yet reached the other world. On the eleventh day, Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and Yama are invoked, with Vishnu asthe special witness. In their presence the deceased is offered pindas. On the twelfth day the departed soul is given away to the other world, where he then resides with his forefathers. As soon as he reaches the other world he is released from his preta body. after 11thday the relatives are then freed from the sutak and can then perform their daily puja.