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Last Rites for the Dead
Last Rites for the Dead

Maniam PS
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The Christians and Muslims take their dead to the Church and Mosque respectively to perform the last rites before they are buried. Why that in Hinduism the dead are not taken to the temple to perform the last rites before they are cremated

Posted On : 05/03/09 10:51:21 PM

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Abhi Tripathi
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Very very interesting question indeed. What i feel that in Hindu religion the death period is counted as impure one. the dead body is then counted as impure. Avoidance of the impure is the basic crux of Hindu religion. and it is perhaps to avoid the association with impurities, the dead bodies are not taken to the Hindu temples. The days of impurity are ten for the relatives of the dead. People avoid taking meals during this period with the relatives of the dead. The bereaved family should neither offer nor receive gifts, should neither undertake nor conduct sacrifices. The study of the Vedas and Shastras are also prohibited

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Maniam PS
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Anil, thank you for the very interesting explanation. Must say your explanation makes sense.

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