Funeral Rites

Funeral rites are also performed strictly in accordance with ‘Shastras’. In case of death of an unmarried young man or women the body is normally buried and not cremated. There is general mourning for a week or so by the entire village or the caste group affected.

All celebrations like marriages are cancelled within the caste group or village concerned. However, in case of an adult who is married, the body is cremated. There may be special mourning for 13 days, after which a Puja is performed, called ‘Teraween’, and feast is given in case of an old man. There may also be a Puja and feast after 12 months known as ‘Barsi’. No marriage ceremony takes place in the family concerned for a year and festivals too are not celebrated in the village during that period to mourn the death of a person.

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  1. Meenakshi

    A puja is oragnized and all relatives are invited followed by a lunch.Pandit / purohit declears the home and family “shudh” after performing the puja and it is assumed to be the end of mourning period.Utensils, cloths food and money is offered to Purohit in remembrance of the deceased. Family can celebrate all festivals and Marriage, Birthdays and all other celebration can be resumed after this ritual.

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