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Burning Ghats and Burial Grounds In Kolkata

According to Hinduism and other Indian inception religions like Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism mandate cremation as according to the religion the body is optically discerned as an instrument to carry the soul. 

According to Hinduism, a Hindu has 16 rites of passage (Samskara) meaning a Hindu undergoes 16 rituals during their lifetime wherein cremation is referred to as antim-sanskara, betokening "the last rites." 

The cremation ground, traditionally located near a river is called Shmashana (in Sanskrit) wherein a pyre a prepared on which the corpse is laid with its feet facing southwards. The chief mourner conventionally the elder son walks around the pyre three times sprinkling water and ghee and then lights a diminutive fire in the deceased mouth (much-aagni) followed by lighting the pyre with a flaming torch.

Burning Ghats in Kolkata

The commencement of the cremation heralds the commencement of the traditional mourning period, which customarily ends on the morning of the 13th day. The mortal remains (ashes) are then immersed in a river or in one of the holy river (Haridwar, Brahmaputra, Sri Rangam, Varanasi) in a concrete date after the mourning period. 

Thereafter, the soul is worshiped during the 'sraddha' ceremonies. However due to urbanization open air cremations are becoming less frequent these days and there are crematoriums with an indoor electric or gas predicated furnaces in major cities. Kolkata Municipal Corporation looks after the maintenance of the crematoriums and burning ghats in the city. 

Crematoriums and Burning Ghats In Kolkata

Ratneswar Burning Ghat
Address: Maharana Pratap Marg, Noapara, Shyamnagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 743133

Kashi Mitra Burning Ghat
Address: 27, Strand Bank Rd, Sovabazar, Malipanchghara, Baghbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700003

Nimtala Crematorium
Address: 75, Strand Rd, Ahiritola, Beniatola, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005
Phone: 033 2269 1955

Rasmani Ghat
Address: Local Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700120

Chatra Kali Babur Cremation Ghat
Address: Annada Prasad Ghosh Road, Chatra, Serampore, Barrackpur Cantonment, West Bengal 712204

Nimtala maha shamshan - Nimtala Burning Ghat
Address: Strand Bank Rd, Ahiritola, Beniatola, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005

Ariadaha burning ghat
Address: 4, NC Chatterjee Rd, Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700057

Wooden Pyre, Nimtala Crematorium
Address: P58, Strand Bank Rd, Ahiritola, Beniatola, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005

Panihati Burning ghat
Address: 6/1, Mitrapara, Angles Nagar Colony, Kamarhati, Agarpara, Kolkata, West Bengal 700110

Garia Burning Ghat
Address: 22-21, Boral Main Rd, Prantik Pally, Kamdahari, Kolkata, West Bengal 700084

Birjunala Burning Ghat
Address: Birju Nala Rd, Rajabagan Dock Yard, Rajabagan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700044
Phone: 033 2489 0156

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