• Short Summary

    THE BODY OF MR. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI WAS CREMATED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) ACCORDING TO HINDU RITES?

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    BIER LEAVING SHASTRI'S HOME, LORD MOUNTBATTEN IN PROCESSION, BIER THROUGH STREETS AND UP TO PYRE, SHASTRI'S SON LIGHTS PYRE, BURNING PYRE WITH SON SITTING BESIDE. (NATURAL SOF)




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    Background: THE BODY OF MR. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI WAS CREMATED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) ACCORDING TO HINDU RITES ON A HASTILY BUILT ROUGH BRICK PLATFORM ON THE BANKS OF THE SACRED JUMNA RIVER. ABOUT TWO MILLION PEOPLE THRONGED TO SEE THEIR LATE PRIME MINISTER CREMATED ON A SITE CLOSE TO WHERE MR. GANDHI AND MR. NEHRU WERE ALSO CREMATED.

    IN SCENES OF MASS ANGUISH, ALMOST A REPLICA OF MR. NEHRU'S FUNERAL ONLY 20 MONTHS AGO, PEOPLE WAILED THEIR SORROW AS THE CORPSE OF THEIR LATE LEADER WAS BORNE FROM HIS HOME TO THE FUNERAL PYRE ON A GUN CARRIAGE STREWN WITH FLOWERS. TO THE SLOW BEAT OF MUFFLED DRUMS, MARIGOLD AND ROSE PETALS WERE SCATTERED IN THE PATH OF THE CARRIAGE WHILE BEHIND THE CROWDS BURST THROUGH THE CORDON OF POLICE TO FOLLOW THE PROCESSION.

    THE BODY WAS LAID ON THE FUNERAL PYRE AND SANDLEWOOD LOGS PILED ROUND. MR. SHASTRI'S ELDEST SON CARRIED A BURNING FAGGOT ROUND THE PYRE SEVEN TIMES AND THEN LIT THE FIRE. AS FLAMES CONSUMED THE SMALL BODY, CRIES OF THE GRIEF FROM THE WATCHING CROWDS MINGLED WITH THE CHANTING OF ANCIENT HINDU HYMNS BY BRAHMIN PRIESTS.

    MR. SHASTRI'S ASHES WILL LIE ON THE CREMATION SITE FOR FOUR DAYS, ACCORDING TO HINDU RITES, THEN HIS RELATIONS WILL COLLECT THEM IN AN URN AND TAKE THEM TO BE SCATTERED IN THE WATERS OF THE SACRED RIVER GANGES. THE DATE AND PLACE OF THE IMMERSION OF THE ASHES HAS NOT YET BEEN DECIDED BUT IT IS ALMOST CERTAIN THAT SOME OF THE ASHES WILL BE TAKEN TO ALLAHABAD TO BE IMMERSED AT THE SANGAM HOLY SPOT WHERE THE WATERS OF THE JUMNA AND GANGES MEET AND MINGLE WITH THE INVISIBLE SARASWATI RIVER OF MYTHOLOGY. THE MOST LIKELY DATE FOR THE IMMERSION IS JANUARY 21ST, THE MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY OF THE CURRENT FESTIVAL OF THE PITCHER - THE BIGGEST HINDU FESTIVAL HELD ONCE IN 12 YEARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8D7A4HKDI8X1NUQ7J1X6VRPZX
    Media URN:
    VLVA8D7A4HKDI8X1NUQ7J1X6VRPZX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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