A report on HaridwarGanges and Cremation

Meandering main Ganga river, known here as Neel Dhara (left) and the Ganga canal (right), passing through Haridwar.
An electric cremator in Austria
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
Bronze container of ancient cremated human remains, complete with votive offering
Prince Bhagiratha in penance for the salvation of 60,000 of his ancestors.
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
The Aztec emperor Ahuitzotl being cremated. Surrounding him are a necklace of jade and gold, an ornament of quetzal feathers, a copilli (crown), his name glyph, and three sacrificial vassals to accompany him in the afterlife.
Gangadhara, Shiva bearing the Descent of the Ganges River as Parvati and Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on. circa 1740
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
An 1820 painting showing a Hindu funeral procession in South India. The pyre is to the left, near a river, the lead mourner is walking in front, the dead body is wrapped in white and is being carried to the cremation pyre, relatives and friends follow.
Head of the Ganges Canal, Haridwar, ca 1894–1898.
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
The Woking Crematorium, built in 1878 as the first facility in England after a long campaign led by the Cremation Society of Great Britain.
Haridwar from the opposite bank of the Ganges, 1866
A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
The trial of William Price confirmed that cremation was legal in the United Kingdom. He was himself cremated after his death in 1893.
Haridwar as a part of the United Province, 1903
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
Advertisement for woollen envelopes to wrap the body in for cremation, appearing in the Undertaker's Journal, 1889.
Neeldhara Bird Sanctuary at the main Ganges Canal, before Bhimgoda Barrage, also showing signs of an ancient port.
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
A sketch from the Vrba–Wetzler report, showing the rough layout of the crematoria used at Auschwitz, one of the several Nazi German extermination camps in occupied Poland
Panoramic view of Har ki Pauri
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
Cremation of a human corpse inside an electric cremator
Panorama of Haridwar city from Mansa Devi Temple
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
A relic found amid the ashes of Chan Kusalo (the Buddhist Patriarch of Northern Thailand) is placed inside a chedi shaped vial and displayed inside Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai.
Main bathing Ghat, at Haridwar, in the 1880s.
Hardinge Bridge, Bangladesh, crosses the Ganges-Padma River. It is one of the key sites for measuring streamflow and discharge on the lower Ganges.
Bone-picking ceremony at a Japanese funeral
The Clock Tower on the Malviya Dwip at Har Ki Pauri.
Chromolithograph, Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges, by William Simpson, 1867
Cremated ashes still in plastic bag
The Haridwar Kumbh Mela is held in every 12 years and the date is determined by Hindu astrology.
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
A U.S. Navy sailor scatters cremated remains at sea. Visible is the clear plastic inner bag containing the remains, and next to it the labeled black plastic box that contained the inner bag. This is normal in American packaging.
Das Mahavidya temple, Daksheswara Mahadev temple
Preparations for cremations on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi], 1903. The dead are being bathed, wrapped in cloth, and covered with wood. The photograph has a caption, "Who dies in the waters of the Ganges obtains heaven."]
Cremation allows for very economical use of cemetery space. Mini-gravestones in Helsinki.
Ropeway to Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar.
Women and children at a bathing ghat on the Ganges in Banares (Varanasi), 1885.
Cremation of the dead by Hindus in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Bholanath Sevashram temple by the Ganges, Haridwar
Shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on (circa 1740).
(Germany) A piece of fire clay used for identifying the ash after burning the dead body
Haridwar from Chilla Range, Rajaji National Park
A procession of Akharas marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges River. Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, 2001.
(Germany) A cinerary urn. The laces are used to lower the urn into the ground
Shiva statue by the Ganges, across Har-ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Head works of the Ganges canal in Haridwar (1860). Photograph by Samuel Bourne.
(Germany) A sealed cinerary urn, showing the ash capsule containing the remains of the dead, along with the name and dates
Shri Chintamani Parshwnath Jain Shwetambar Mandir
The Ganges Canal highlighted in red stretching between its headworks off the Ganges River in Haridwar and its confluences with the Jumna (Yamuna) River in Etawah and with the Ganges in Cawnpore (now Kanpur).
(Germany) The ash capsule
Pantanjali Yogpeeth
A girl selling plastic containers in Haridwar for carrying Ganges water.
(Germany) An open ash capsule showing the remains of the dead
Haridwar Railway station
Ganges from Space
(Germany) Ash capsule and cinerary urn after 15 years
Lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus)
Burning ghats of Manikarnika, at Varanasi, India.
The catla (Catla catla) is one of the Indian carp species that support major fisheries in the Ganges
Cremation of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, 31 January 1948. It was attended by Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Maulana Azad, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Sarojini Naidu and other national leaders. His son Devdas Gandhi lit the pyre.<ref>Cremation of Gandhi's body, JAMES MICHAELS, January 31, 1948</ref>
The threatened gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a large fish-eating crocodilian that is harmless to humans
Cremation process at Pashupatinath temple.
The Gangetic dolphin in a sketch by Whymper and P. Smit, 1894.
A Hindu cremation rite in Nepal. The samskara above shows the body wrapped in saffron red on a pyre.
People bathing and washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi.
Cremation taking place at Pashupatinath Temple.
The Ganges at Sultanganj.

The city is situated on the right bank of the Ganges river, at the foothills of the Shivalik ranges.

- Haridwar

After flowing for 256.90 km through its narrow Himalayan valley, the Ganges emerges from the mountains at Rishikesh, then debouches onto the Gangetic Plain at the pilgrimage town of Haridwar.

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For centuries when Hindu ancestors visited the holy town of Haridwar for any purpose which may have been for pilgrimage purposes or/and for cremation of their dead or for immersion of ashes and bones of their kin after cremation into the waters of the holy Ganges as required by Hindu religious custom, it has been a custom to go to the Pandit who is in charge of one's family register and update the family's family tree with details of marriages, births, and deaths from ones extended joint family.

- Haridwar

Hinduism obliges the closest male relative (son, grandson, etc.) of the deceased to immerse the cremated remains in the holy river Ganges, preferably at one of the holy cities Triveni Sangam, Allahabad, Varanasi, or Haridwar in India.

- Cremation

After the cremation of the deceased at Varanasi's ghats, the bones and ashes are immersed into the Ganges.

- Ganges
Meandering main Ganga river, known here as Neel Dhara (left) and the Ganga canal (right), passing through Haridwar.

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