The Hindu Funeral Ceremony

Aum Shamagne pashchaat tapa

Sam purastaachchha muttarachchha

Madhraat tapainam

Ekastredhaa vihito jaatavedah

Samyagneynam dhehi sukritaamu loke.   (AtharVeda)

O! Effulgent God! You are the dispenser of justice.

You recompense every one according to their deeds.

Peace is on the Atma in the westward direction. May the Atma enjoy peace in the east, the north and the south, and in every other sphere.

O! Omniscient and All Illuminating God!

You are the Creator, the Sustainer, and Destroyer of this Universe.

May you bestow a worthy abode to this Atma. 

Aum Shanthi! Shanthi! Shanthi!


The Hindu Religion (Vedic Sanatan Dharam) has created sixteen sacraments to be performed in a person’s lifetime.

The first sacrament, Garbhadaan, is performed when a couple decides to conceive a child and the final sacrament, Anthersthi Sanskar, is performed after the person dies. Anthesthi Sanskar is performed for the deceased person at the cremation grounds.

After the death of a person, close family members have the duty to perform the last rite for the deceased according to the Hindu funeral rites.

The family of the deceased often need a great deal of support from family and friends.

Support from a good Funeral Director, preferably a director who knows Indian funeral services and their Family Priest is equally important.

Following the death of a person, it is important to obtain the services of a Funeral Director in conjunction with their Family Priest. The Funeral Director, Priest, and the family will discuss and arrange a suitable time and date for the funeral.

It is also very important to inform relatives and close friends of the death. Relatives and close friends provide the necessary support and assistance during this difficult time in life.

In Australia, the Funeral Director and the Priest generally take care of most of the funeral arrangements, especially Indian cremation arrangements.

Following the cremation, the family conducts prayer sessions, Hawans, Veda, or other Holy Scripture recitals where they remember the departed Atma and pray for Salvation and Shanthi for the Atma and themselves.

After the death of a loved one, to the close family members, the whole world appears like a huge vacuum. A vast empty space, where nothing is desirable or satisfactory.

And during these times, prayer sessions, Hawans, etc bring back the comfort, the faith, and understanding of the eternal laws of this universe, the laws of the almighty God.

Such prayer sessions assist with purifying the atmosphere and aims at bringing resolution and closure to the whole trauma of death.

The performance of Hawan and recital of Holy Scriptures, in times of difficulties, times when a loved one passes away, gives us the strength to understand the laws of life and death.

By chanting the Hawan Mantras and performing Hawan, gives our mind and Atma great peace and strength. It arouses the spirituality within us.

It gives us great strength to bring closure to the event of the death of a loved one.

May God grant the dearly departed soul everlasting peace and grant the departed souls near and dear one’s strength to bear the loss.

Shantih Path

 Aum dyauh shaantir antariksham shaantih prithivee shaantiraapah shaantih roshadayah shaantih. Vanaspatayah shaantir vishwe devaah shaantir brahma shaantih sarwam shaantih shaantirewa shaantih saamaa shaantiredhi.

 Aum Shantih !  Shantih !  Shantih !

Yajur Veda 36:17

 May there be peace in the heavenly region and the atmosphere, may peace reign on earth, let there be coolness in the water, may the medicinal herbs be healing; the plants be peace-giving; may there be harmony in the celestial objects and perfection in eternal knowledge; may everything in the universe be peaceful; let peace pervade everywhere. May that peace abides in us.

 May there be Peace! Peace!  Peace!

Pundit Awindra Prasad, Arya Ratna

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