What happens if the Asthi Visarjan isn’t performed according to Hinduism?

What happens if the Asthi Visarjan isn’t performed according to Hinduism?

As per Hindu scriptures, the soul’s voyage isn’t deemed complete until the ultimate respects are paid. Asthi Visarjan, a religious obligation, must be carried out in a prescribed manner and as promptly as possible. Hindu households uphold religious duties with the same reverence as family and ancestors. For Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Anthyesti Funeral Services holds paramount importance for the surviving family members, irrespective of their global location or proximity to sacred water sources in India where Asthi visarjan Services are conducted.

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Asthi refers to the ashes of the departed. After the final rituals, the remains are traditionally collected and bound in fabric. Eventually, the ashes flow like a river over calm waters. “Asthi Visarjan” encompasses the entire immersion process that all Hindus undergo after death.

Hindus believe that the ashes should be immersed in the Ganga, one of the world’s renowned rivers. Many opt for immersion sites along the Godavari River, such as Haridwar, Kashi, Allahabad, Ganga, and Nashik. Sacred places like Varanasi are also chosen for the Asthi Visarjan Ceremony.

According to Hindu religious texts, when a person passes away, the body expires, and the soul embarks on its next journey, determined by accumulated “karma” from previous lifetimes. Whether the body merges with God or not, it prepares for the next birth. The soul undergoes rebirth in various bodies until the evaluation process is complete. Every year during the Shradh month, Hindus observe a 15-day ritual, refraining from trimming their hair for the duration.

What happens if Asthi Visarjan is not performed?

Asthi Visarjan must always adhere to religious protocols. According to sacred texts, if Asthi Visarjan is neglected after death, the soul may suffer. Dehagni Sanskar is followed by Asthi Visarjan or Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan to fulfill the Shradh. Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan, crucial rituals, should be promptly conducted.

The ashes are collected either on the day following cremation or on the third, seventh, or ninth day, and immersed in running water before the tenth day. The third day after cremation is optimal for collecting the ashes. If immersion is planned after the tenth day, it should follow the tirtha-shraddha ceremony.

If individuals cannot participate due to time, distance, or other constraints, Anthyesti Funeral Services facilitates these religious processes at prominent Indian locations like Kashi, Haridwar, Varanasi, Ganga, Banaras, Allahabad, and others, during the appropriate religious periods. Well-known Pandits from Varanasi oversee Asthi Visarjan, along with arranging materials and boat services for performing the rites for your loved one.


In Hinduism, neglecting Asthi Visarjan, the sacred ritual of immersing the ashes of the departed, is believed to have profound consequences. According to religious tenets, failure to perform Asthi Visarjan may lead to suffering for the departed soul. Dehagni Sanskar is succeeded by Asthi Visarjan or Asthi Pravah and Pitra Visarjan, crucial rituals that should be promptly undertaken to fulfill the Shradh. Anthyesti Funeral Services acknowledges the spiritual significance of these practices and extends its compassionate support, ensuring that the sacred traditions are honored, and the departed find solace in their eternal journey.

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