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How Long Does a Hindu Funeral Last?

Hinduism stands as one of the world’s major religions with nearly a billion followers – there’s quite a significant number of people in the UK who practice the Hindu religion. Therefore, it’s not unusual that the interest in Hindu customs and rites has increased. 

At the core of the faith lies the Hindu funeral etiquette with all its diversity and death rituals. But, the question that often comes up is how long does a common Hindu funeral last?

Generally, a Hindu funeral service lasts no longer than 30 minutes. However, in some cases, the funeral can be prolonged at the request of the family (or if that was the wish of the deceased).

Hindu Funeral Etiquette

Hindu funeral consists of three parts, which start the moment a believer passes away.

  1. A funeral/visitation – takes place at the family home immediately after the death
  2. The cremation ceremony – occurs within the first 28 hours (48 at the latest)
  3. A shraddha ceremony – performed in honour of the person’s ancestors (approximately 10 days after death)

Hindu Death Rituals – Body Preparations

Hinduism gives great importance to the ‘holy bath’, which is traditionally performed by family members. That includes washing the body with a mixture of ghee, honey, milk, and yoghurt, reciting mantras as well as shrouding the body in plain white sheets. 

Many funeral homes support the tradition of the family washing the body, while some take it upon themselves to perform the cleaning.

Visitation and Viewing Before the Funeral

Traditionally, the body should remain in the family home until the cremation ceremony. Hence, a brief wake usually takes place before cremation, displaying the body in a simple casket. 

Essential oils should be placed on the forehead of the deceased, and all attending should gather around to recite hymns and mantras. The casket is removed feet-first and brought to the crematorium.

Cremation Ceremony 

The main ceremony is considered a brief ritual. Mourners will recite prayers as the casket is carried into the crematorium (feet first). Senior family members and a Hindu priest should conduct the MukhAgni (traditional cremation ceremony).

Why Choose Newrest Funerals For Live Streamed Funeral Services?

At Newrest Funerals, we have many years of experience arranging funeral services of all kinds up and down the country. If you are planning your own or that of a loved one and know that some people who’d like to attend will not be able to make it, then ask us about a live streaming service. We’ll be happy to provide you with everything you need to ensure all mourners can participate whether they are physically present or not.