Hindus believe in afterlife, rebirth and a lot of grieving after the death of a loved one. To honor the same, there are a number of practices followed by the relatives to peacefully depart the soul. Some of the practices have shocking reasons and ideologies.
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Abstaining for 12 days or Sutak
Sutak is a time of abstinence and grieving observed after the death of people. During this time, reading religious books, consuming spicy food, eating sweets and exchanging gifts is forbidden. This is considered the time of mourning. The sutak period ends on the 13th day or kriya ceremony.
Predicting the next life-form of the departed
Once the cremation and formalities are completed. Sand is spread evenly in a plate and placed outside the house. This depicts the next incarnation of the departed soul by noticing the markings that are formed on the sand.
Preventing Five Deaths in the Family during Panchak
Panchak Kaal is a planetary condition where 5 constellations align which is considered inauspicious. HIndus believe that any unfortunate event that takes place during this time, takes place five more times. And death is on top of this, if someone dies during this time it is followed by four more deaths within a year or two. While cremating the deceased, five dummy funerals made of flour and grass are cremated alongside the pyre. This nullifies the inauspiciousness of Panchak.
Reincarnation of the Departed in Same Family
The souls of elders are often believed to be reborn within the same family. This is proved by the physical features and personality traits that match with that of the departed. Like a mole, a cut or any bodymark is also identified with the same.