Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pickering plans site for Hindu sacred ashes -

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    • Hindus across the GTA longing to follow ancient tradition may soon be able to immerse the ashes of their loved ones in a stream close to home.
    • "We have selected a location in one of our parks that has a stream running through it. This would allow for scattering on water and a pleasant venue to accommodate people," said Pickering Mayor David Ryan. "My hope is it becomes a reality in the next couple of months."
    • Pandit Roopnauth Sharma, a Hindu priest and president of the Hindu Federation, said there is a lot of confusion about the practice.

      "We know for sure that there is no adverse effect from the distribution of ashes in a body of water.

      "Every community that comes to Canada brings with them their own traditions," said Sharma. "We know we need this. This is something required by people who live in this land and we need to facilitate."