Important Hindu traditions come to life through Ritual Ash Scattering in the Holy Ganges.
When the ashes of the deceased are scattered in the Mother Ganges during the Asthi Visarjan Ceremony the soul is blessed and can rest in peace for eternity.
The Asthi Visarjan Ceremony
Throughout antiquity religious death riteshave been performed within the city of Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges River. When the remains are immersed into the river, the soul of the deceased is blessed and will rest in peace for eternity, achieving Moksha and liberation from Samsara, the eternal cycle of reincarnation.
Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Reverent Hindus from around the globe hope to spend their final days in Varanasi. For those who cannot spend their final days in Varanasi, having one’s cremated remains (cremains) scattered on Mother Ganges, with the Asthi Visarjan ceremony performed on its banks, is the answer. Referred to as the “River of Heaven” or “Goddess and Mother,” the Ganges is sacred from its source in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal and the sea. Some say that the Ganges power to destroy sins is so remarkable that even a tiny drop of its water carried by the breeze will instantly erase the sins of many lifetimes.