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Why cremation and Kapaal Kriyaa?

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  • Rajiv Sarmistha

    When the soul leaving the body ascends to heaven then the relatives of the soul consign the dead body to flames, that is known as *Anteshti*. It is written in *Athervaveda (18/2/56)* about Antesti -
    *Imau yunijmi te vahni asunitaay vodhave
    Tabhyaam yamasya saadanam samitishchaava gachhataat.*

    It means, hey soul! I consign your dead body into the union of these two fires for your emancipation. With these two fires you may get emancipated to *Sarvaniyantaa* Yama deity.

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