Hindu Funeral Customs
Most Hindus choose to dispose of a person’s body through cremation — usually within a day of the death. In Hinduism, death applies only to the physical body; there is no death of the soul.
Hindus don’t believe in the resurrection of the material body. They believe that upon death, the soul, which truly represented the person, has departed or detached. The body has no significance and, therefore, no attempt is made to preserve it.
While some Hindus do bury their dead, the most common practice is to cremate the body, collect the ashes, and on the fourth day, disperse the ashes in a sacred body of water or other place of importance to the deceased person.