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Siddharth Shukla's demise puts focus on Brahma Kumari samaj: Who are they and what they do
Entertainment

Siddharth Shukla's demise puts focus on Brahma Kumari samaj: Who are they and what they do

The spiritual movement, which is seated at Mount Abu in Rajasthan, has over a million adherents across 110 countries

Amid casteism and opposition, a Kurundvad man's fight to ensure people can have dignity in death
India

Amid casteism and opposition, a Kurundvad man's fight to ensure people can have dignity in death

Driven by the understanding that people need moral and emotional support when a loved one dies, Appasso has often pitched in with his own funds for others' funerals.

Pune-based startup, Guruji on Demand, to launch online funeral management service in times of social distancing
Business

Pune-based startup, Guruji on Demand, to launch online funeral management service in times of social distancing

Startup Guruji on Demand also plans to assist bereaved families in the rituals to be performed after the last rites, Pranav Chaware, one of the firm's partners, told PTI, adding they plan to start the service by this month-end.

Manohar Parrikar cremated with full State honours at Miramar beach; thousands pay tearful tribute to four-time Goa CM
India

Manohar Parrikar cremated with full State honours at Miramar beach; thousands pay tearful tribute to four-time Goa CM

Thousands of mourners on Monday gave a tearful tribute to Goa's four-time chief minister Manohar Parrikar as his body was cremated with full State Honour at Miramar beach

Life after death: What drives the decision to donate one's body for the benefit of science?
long-reads

Life after death: What drives the decision to donate one's body for the benefit of science?

Cremation and burial scarcely ever involve a human choice. By contrast, a person wishing to donate his or her body to a medical college has to make that choice in their lifetime.

Kashi Labh: Rajat Nayyar's film draws a compelling portrait of those who breathe their last in Varanasi
Life

Kashi Labh: Rajat Nayyar's film draws a compelling portrait of those who breathe their last in Varanasi

Rajat Nayyar spent years documenting the dying, and their families, in Kashi. A film based on his research and experiences, Kashi Labh, is an ethnographic study of death and its process.

A passage to heaven: Varanasi's Manikarnika Ghat is a place for last rites, and deliverance
Life

A passage to heaven: Varanasi's Manikarnika Ghat is a place for last rites, and deliverance

A pyre burns 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Manikarnika Ghat. Across Varanasi, nearly 200 bodies are burned every day.

Punjab police to present guard of honour to KPS Gill at his funeral in Delhi
India

Punjab police to present guard of honour to KPS Gill at his funeral in Delhi

The Punjab police will present the guard of honour to former DGP KPS Gill during his last rites in Delhi on Sunday.

Flood-hit Varanasi doms get a few dead to cremate
India

Flood-hit Varanasi doms get a few dead to cremate

But despite the odds, this holy city of Varanasi continues to live.

Nation pays tribute to Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Koppad; last rites today
India

Nation pays tribute to Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Koppad; last rites today

The last rites of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who passed away on Thursday are being held at his native village in Dharwad district on Friday with full state honours. Koppad battled for life since his miraculous survival in Siachen.

India bids farewell to 'People's President': APJ Abdul Kalam laid to rest with military honours
Politics

India bids farewell to 'People's President': APJ Abdul Kalam laid to rest with military honours

President APJ Abdul Kalam who was laid to rest on Thursday with full state honours in his home town Rameswaram.

After being deserted for years, two of Aruna Shanbaug's relatives turn up to conduct last rites
Mumbai

After being deserted for years, two of Aruna Shanbaug's relatives turn up to conduct last rites

A controversy erupted over the funeral, with two relatives of Shanbaug staking claim to perform the last rites.

Lighting her father's pyre: Pankaja Munde makes history
India

Lighting her father's pyre: Pankaja Munde makes history

Traditionally the last rites of a deceased person are always performed by a male member of the family. And as multiple Bollywood movies will testify, this masculine obligation is the oldest reason to valourise the son in the traditional Hindu family, prompting a weeping filmi parent to wail, 'Who will perform my antim sanskaar (last rites)? Who will be my budhape ka sahara (support in my old age)?'