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Challenges of India’s Crematoriums
Dignity In Death
The COVID pandemic has unleashed a deadly toll across India. There is scarcely any family which has not seen the death of a loved one. Hospitals are overflowing with patients, desperate demands for oxygen have skyrocketed, and crematoriums are overwhelmed with long queues of hearse vans, each bearing multiple bodies of COVID victims. At such a time, a dedicated group of Isha volunteers have stepped up to keep the Kayanta Sthanams fully operational so that the bereaved can bid a final farewell to the departed.
Isha has revived ancient traditions and death rituals with a powerful energy basis, conducting them in the spirit of service rather than as a commercial venture. The processes are performed with sensitivity and awareness to ease the hearts of the family of the deceased.
At Isha, cremations are conducted in a traditional way, with appropriate chants and karmas to benefit the departed life and the grieving families. Isha’s adopted crematoriums also provide services such as tonsure, 16th day karma ceremony and hygienic amenities.
A fixed standard fee is charged for each cremation (as agreed with the municipal government), preventing any kind of exploitation. The crematoriums also have mortuary vans, which provide transportation at a nominal cost.
The installation of LPG pipelines to replace the use of firewood improves the burning efficiency and reduces carbon emissions. The use of efficient burners hastens the cremation process, thereby enabling the family members to collect the ashes on the same day.
Exhaust pipes pass through a water tank to remove carbon particles before their release into the air, controlling pollution. This contributes to a safer, cleaner environment.
The crematoriums also provide employment to youth, training them to maintain the facilities and conduct themselves with care, grace and dignity.
Adoption of Government –
Isha Foundation has adopted crematoriums from the government, providing necessary improvements to the infrastructure, including:
- Replacing the usage of firewood with LPG.
- A well-maintained garden area with a lotus or lily pond to create a peaceful ambience. Each garden is a minimum of 1000 square feet.
- Mandapam for performing the last rites before cremation.
Isha currently operates 18 crematoriums in partnership with the State Government.
• Alandurai • Besant Nagar • Bommanampalayam • Irugur • Kannamapet (under process) • Kannappanagar • Karamadai • Koundapalayam • Mylapore • Nanjundapuram • Neyveli • Nesapakkam • Pothanur • Sendamangalam • Thondamuthur • Thudiyalur • Veerakeralam • Vellalore