HOW TO PREPARE THE BODY FOR THE PYRE?

HOW TO PREPARE THE BODY FOR THE PYRE?

When death occurs, the following steps should be taken immediately:

  • A priest should be contacted and necessary arrangements should be made for the collection of the body and preparing for the cremation.
  • The body of the deceased is then taken for washing and dressing: this should preferably assisted by the family members of the deceased.
  • The corpse is rubbed with oil before the bath. The bath should be done with items like milk, ghee, sandalwood and honey or holy ganga jal
  • After the bath, the body is dressed in white (if the deceased was male or a widowed female), and in yellow or orange (in case the deceased was unmarried or a married female).
  • The forehead of the deceased is marked with Chandan.

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