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Where does a person go after death in Hinduism?

Where does a person go after death in Hinduism?

When a person dies, their atman is reborn in a different body. Some believe rebirth happens directly at death, others believe that an atman may exist in other realms. Hindus believe that an atman may enter swarg or narak for a period before rebirth. Hindus believe in karma or ‘intentional action’.

What happens after a person dies in Hinduism?

The simple answer is, we can either be reborn (punar-janma) and experience life once again, or be liberated (moksha) from the cycle of rebirth (samsara). Those who believe you live only once and those who believe you live multiple lives.

When do people die in a Hindu funeral?

Cremation is usually the norm in Hindu funerals. According to Hindu death rituals, when a person dies, they remain at home before they are taken to the cremation venue. A viewing will normally take place before a Hindu cremation, but since the cremation typically happens within 24 hours after death, they are usually brief.

What do Hindus believe happens to the soul after death?

Life and death are both part of what Hindus call maya, a grand illusion; Hindus believe that when a soul dies, it gets born into a new body. The cycle of death and rebirth — samsara — ends only when a soul realizes its true nature — indistinguishable from the absolute godhead, which Hindus call Brahman.

What should you do if someone dies in the Ganges River?

When death seems imminent, the body should, if possible, be transferred to a grass mat on the floor. A small amount of water from the Ganges River should be placed in the dying person’s mouth. If this is not possible before death, then these actions should take place immediately following the death.

Where do the ashes go after a Hindu funeral?

Traditionally, on the day following a Hindu funeral, the ashes are scattered in the River Ganges considered sacred by the Hindus. Hindus living outside India may choose to repatriate their loved one’s ashes so that they can be spread over the Ganges, but this is not always practical or affordable.

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