Hindu Funeral Rites
The committee of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple,
London, Kenton, Harrow, felt it necessary to compile a small booklet
to guide families on this country’s laws and requirements to register
death as well as the ceremonies and rituals that a Hindu family may
deem necessary to carry out in order for the completion of the
sixteenth and final sanskar.
It is not intended for the funeral rites explained in this booklet to be
carried out methodically as each and every family is unique in the way
that they interpret and adapt to circumstances within themselves. All
that this booklet aims to do is ensure that loved ones are given a final
farewell with love and dignity.
This booklet contains many of the final rites which are deemed
customary to be performed at home as well as those to be
completed at the crematorium. It should be stressed that it is not
necessary for a Brahmin to be present at this final ceremony, as in the
Hindu religion this ritual can be presided over by anyone with the
help of this booklet.
The information necessary for this booklet was gathered from
various scriptures of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. If this booklet
contains any errors or omissions, they are sincerely regretted.
We offer gratitude to those devotees who have provided, funding
information, guidance and suggestions, for the publication of this
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