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Cremation ceremony means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Those who practised the cremation ceremony in early times appear to have conceived of an organized Hades, to which souls were transferred through the medium of fire, which drove away all spirits and demons who threatened mankind. Homer makes the haunting ghost of Patroklos exclaim, “Never again will I return from Hades when 1 have received my meed of fire” (Iliad, xxiii, 75). The Vedic worshippers of Agni burned their dead for the same reason as did the ancient Greeks. “When the remains of the deceased have been placed on the funeral pile, and the process of cremation has commenced, Agni, the god of fire, is prayed not to scorch or consume the departed, not to tear asunder his skin or his limbs, but, after the flames have done their work, to convey to the fathers the mortal who has been presented to him as an offering” (Muir, Original Sanskrit Texts, v. 302).

Source: Indian myth and legend: Yama, the first man, and king of the dead

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Shankha
Śaṅkha (शङ्ख).—Serpent deity (nāga) of the north-western cremation ground.—Śaṅkha is also liste...
Vata
Vāta (वात) is another name for Prabhañjana: protector deity of the north-western cremation grou...
Padma
Padma (पद्म).—Serpent deity (nāga) of the southern cremation ground.—The Śmaśānavidhi 11 states...
Ashoka
Aśoka (अशोक) is the name of the tree (vṛkṣa) associated with Karaṅkaka: the western cremation g...
Yama
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Arjuna
Arjuna (अर्जुन) refers to a kind of tree (vṛkṣa) commonly found in the forests (vaṇa) of ancien...
Indra
Indra (इन्द्र).—Protector deity of the eastern cremation ground.—Indra is the king of the gods,...
Varuṇa
Varuṇa (वरुण).—Protector deity of the western cremation ground.—Varuṇa is a prominent god in th...
Canda
Caṇḍa (चण्ड) is the name of a cloud (megha) associated with Kilakilārava: the north-western cre...
Shraddha
Śrāddha (श्राद्ध).—This term indicates the duty by its proper name. Śrāddha is the name of the ...
Ashvattha
Aśvattha (अश्वत्थ) is the name of the tree (vṛkṣa) associated with Gahvara: the northern cremat...
Upanayana
Upanayana (उपनयन).—A ceremony for twice-born castes;1 of Sagara;2 of Kṛṣṇa and Rāma.31)...
Shmashana
Śmaśāna (श्मशान, “cremation ground”).—The cremation ground is used as a visualisation technique...
Vasuki
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—Serpent deity (nāga) of the eastern cremation ground.—In the Śmaśānavidhi 5, V...
Purana
Purāṇa (पुराण) is the name of a cloud (megha) associated with Lakṣmīvana: the south-eastern cre...

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