Why is it that some of us are buried while some are cremated?
What makes that particular distinction, and why?
Hinduism is the third largest religion with more than 1 billion believers. Most of who reside in India, Nepal and other nations of South West Asia.
Hindus believe in Sanatana Dharma which translates to Universal Law. It is not a set of laws to be followed. But, a concept which focuses on the fact that every individual has his own path to follow to achieve Moksh (Nirvana).
Moksh is the attainment of freedom from the continuous cycle of life, death and rebirth.
According to Sanatana Dharma, humans are born, they live and die, only to be reborn again. After 84 yoni ( reincarnations) human body is formed to unite with its creator – the Almighty. Hinduism believes that the body is a prison for the soul, the latter is pure but in the corporeal form, it tends to waver toward desires and attachments which bound them to the mortal world.
The death is a certainty – the one who is born will die. The soul is immortal. It can change from one form to another form, it can neither be generated nor can be destroyed.
Though, you may be surprised to learn that typically infants, children and saints are buried since it is believed their souls are pure and unattached to their mortal bodies. As is the cremation ceremony, Hindus are cremated along the river Ganga which is meant to signify purity and assists in attaining Moksha. Though this has been largely adapted in today’s day and age. The antim sanskar as is for any hindu rituals holds a lot of value for the loved ones of the departed as it is a way of remembering and bidding goodbye.
Its ancient belief that the one attends Kumbh Mela with pure heart and mind reaches to the circle of Moksh. This year Kumbh is organised in the state of Uttar Pradesh at Prayagraj and expected to have millions of devotees , and the devotees dip in water of holy river Ganga as a belief of spiritual fulfillment.
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