Hindu religion is full of wonders, scientific explanations, and what not! Every ritual has a specific purpose behind it, every temple has a story, the ornaments Hindu women wear, and the way festivals are celebrated. Every little act has its own story. Today, we will talk about one ritual which is must and should to be practiced at the Hindu funeral; atleast an important part of the whole procedure.
A clay pot is broken during the cremation ritual in Hinduism. The pot is taken around the dead who is kept on a pyre and the pot is broken. But, one must know that there is deep symbolism in the breaking of the pot.
Coming to the contents of the pot, it is filled with water, and the person who is the chief mourner or one who lights the pyre takes the pot around the dead. The pot is kept on the left shoulder of the person and he stands facing south and throws the pot backward so that it breaks into pieces.
The breaking of the pot is symbolically considered as the breaking of the existing relationship between the deceased and the chief mourner – one who lights the pyre.
On a brief note, such rituals are meant for family and relatives to realize that the body is only a mere vehicle and the soul has dropped the body and begun the journey to the destination.
The water and the pot are also a symbol of life. Breaking them is once again suggesting the end of this life and the beginning of another for the deceased.