Astisanchaya

The astisanchaya or bone collection is a very important part of the funeral rite. It is conducted at dawn of the next day after the cremation of the body. It is important to reach at the site very early to have the ceremony conducted at sunrise, also if you reach too late the attendants at the cremation site may discard your relative ash before you do.

Materials

Procedure

  1. Fill the kalsaa with milk and place white flowers and black till inside. Facing south, pour the milk flowers and till on the bones in the pyre. Recite Mantra: "Pret Moksha Prado Bhawa".
  2. Collect bones from the pyre and fill the same kalsaa. Heap the rest of bones and ash in the pyre.
  3. Make a triangular bedi with gobar near the sea / river. Place the kalsaa of bones in the centre of the triangle bedi.
  4. Follow the direction in the making of the bedi and pray while you make offerings.
  5. Offer 3 pindaas in each corner of the triangle. Take the lotaa with water and black till. Pour water and black till in right hand and let fall through the space between the thumb and index finger on the 3 pindaas, chant "Pret Moksha Prado Bhawa". Pour more milk and till to fill kalsaa with bones in the centre of bedi. Offer the following materials first on the 3 pindaas, then in kalsaa of bones: 1) Chandan 2) Tulsi 3)Saffron 4) Insence 5) Flowers. Smash pindaas using the right hand, pick up kalsaa and walk 3 times around bedi.
  6. Proceed to the water (river or sea) and immerse the kalsaa slowly into the water facing South.
  7. Place all the other materials (ash and bones) from the pyre into the water.
  8. All pooja materials should be immersed into the water except plastic bags and garbage.
  9. Take a bath home (outside) before going back into the house, b) Offer tarpan then enter the home.