Anteyshti (Funeral)

This is the last of the 16 Samskaars and is performed on the death of a person.

Once the soul leaves the body, it journeys into Moksha or the next birth based on its Karma as judged by God, the Almighty. The body, which is left behind should be respectfully disposed in an environmentally friendly way.

Traditionally, the body is cremated in a pyre, which usually takes 2-3 hours and the ashes are typically collected the following day.

However, in today’s electric crematoriums the process is much quicker and ashes can be collected in a couple of hours.

So what do you do with these ashes? These ashes are now part of Mother Earth (Panch Mahabhoot). You may put them in an earthen pot and simply bury it in the soil / spray it over the fields / immerse it in water bodies (rivers / oceans).

Fee – We request a contribution of Rs. 2,000/- to cover the Purohit dakshina & other overheads. Ceremonial materials (listed below) are to be organized separately by you. If you would like us to arrange for same, we can do so as well. Also, request you to either arrange for the Purohit’s local conveyance at your end or reimburse the same based on actuals.

Anteyshti materials – The requirement differs between Electric crematorium vs Traditional pyre (wood based). The requirement for traditional funeral pyre (wood based) is higher because of the different type of combustion process.

Electric Crematorium
 QtyApprox Rate/UnitCost
Required at home   
White cloth to cover the body (Meters)4100400
Thin rope for tying (6 meters)24080
Required at Crematorium   
Samagri – 500 gm packet450200
Sandal powder – (Kg)1100100
Rose water – 200 ml12020
Agarbatti packet15050
Ghee (Kg)1520520
Camphor – 100 gms packet1100100
Matchbox125
To collect the ashes   
Small pot for collecting ashes15050
Red cloth (to cover the pot)1100100
Total amount  1625
Traditional Funeral Pyre (Wood based)
 QtyApprox Rate/UnitCost
Required at home   
White cloth to cover the body (Meters)4100400
Thin rope (6 meters)24080
Required at Crematorium   
Samagri – 500 gm packet850400
Sandal powder – (Kg)2100200
Rose water – 200 ml12020
Agarbatti packet15050
Ghee (Kg)45202080
** Guggulu – 500 gm packet1500500
Dry coconut – (Kg)1400400
Camphor – 100 gms packet101001000
Matchbox125
To collect the ashes   
Small pot for collecting ashes15050
Red cloth (to cover the pot)1100100
Total amount  5285

 

** Guggulu (Maishakshi in Tamil) is an Ayurvedic natural medicine made from the sap (gum resin) of the Commiphoramukul tree. It helps reduce the environmental pollution due to the burning of the body.

Optional Items: Flowers, shawls and sandalwood sticks (each piece costs appox Rs. 500/-)

Extended support – We do realize that many of us struggle with numerous formalities to be conducted post demise like obtaining various regulatory certificates. We provide informal advice and support in this regard. We also provide grief counselling.

Traditional Funeral Pyre (Wood based)
  Qty Approx Rate/Unit Cost
Required at home      
White cloth to cover the body (Meters) 4 100 400
Thin rope (6 meters) 2 40 80
       
Required at Crematorium      
Samagri – 500 gm packet 8 50 400
Sandal powder – (Kg) 2 100 200
Rose water – 200 ml 1 20 20
Agarbatti packet 1 50 50
Ghee (Kg) 4 520 2080
** Guggulu – 500 gm packet 1 500 500
Dry coconut – (Kg) 1 400 400
Camphor – 100 gms packet 10 100 1000
Matchbox 1 2 2
       
To collect the ashes      
Small pot for collecting ashes 1 50 50
Red cloth (to cover the pot) 1 100 100
       
Approximate total amount     5282
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