India Post has launched a facility for majority Hindu community of Asthi Visarjan (Ashes immersion) and Shradhs on the ghats of holy Ganga at Varsnasi, Prayagraj, Haridwar and Gaya.
There is a tradition of Asthi Visarjan in the holy Ganges river and people bring peace to the dead souls by performing Asthi Visarjan and Shradha rituals in Varanasi, Prayagraj, Haridwar and Gaya.
Now the ashes can be sent from post offices to these places through speed post, where Asthi Visarjan and Shradha rituals will be done by Om Divya Darshan (ODD), a socio-religious platform, informed Mr Krishna Kumar Yadav, Postmaster General of Varanasi Region here on Sunday.
Mr Yadav said that, to avail this facility, the desired person will have to register himself on the portal of Om Divya Darshan http://omdivyadarshan.org.
“After having registered for Asthi visarjan or Shradha ceremony on the ODD portal, the packet of Asthis can be sent by the said person through the post office by speed post to Varanasi, Prayagraj, Haridwar and Gaya. The Asthi packet should be packed properly and ‘Om Divya Darshan’ should be inscribed on it in bold letters, so that it can be distinguished, he said.
The sender will write his full name, address, mobile number etc. on the packet. The speed post charges will be borne by the sender only. After booking the Speed Post, the sender has to update the booking details including Speed Post bar code number on the portal of Om Divya Darshan Sanstha. Once the packet is received at the post office, it will be delivered to Om Divya Darshan’s address.
After that, Om Divya Darshan Sanstha, through the empaneled pandits, shall perform the Shradha ceremony on the pre-decided date and time slot. The family would be be able to watch live webcast of the final rites of the deceased.
Thereafter a bottle of Ganga water will be booked by ODD and delivered to the family members of the deceased through speed post from Parliament street Post Office, New Delhi.
Mr Yadav said that this facility was launched after witnessing that many people lost their loved ones during the Corona pandemic, but could not perform their last rites properly.