Post-death rituals: what about safety net for the poor, please?In so many communities, particularly, the Tamil Brahmin community, the rituals that follow when one is dead -- the parents in particular -- are so huge. Rituals are based on Sanskrit mantras, which is fine.
The rituals are done by trained Sanskrit priests. So far, so good.
The cost? The current rate is around Rs.1.75 lakh, and this does not necessarily include the cost of food that needs to be served to a huge number of guests, that is, relatives, who would take part in the rituals, more so, on days ten to thirteen. The thirteenth day after death of the person is the final day.
For those who can do all the rituals, and afford the cost, there is no problem. But what about those who cannot afford the huge cost involved? There are very poor people, and we need to find out ways in which we can do the rituals free of cost, or funded by the rich. There are gated communities in huge cities in Chennai, where all the rituals are done, in a very systematic manner. This is a big industry by itself.
Am not too sure about other communities in Tamil Nadu, and in other States as well. However, why not some guidelines be framed by elders to get these done at a very reasonable cost?
All that one has to do is to request the highly paid trained priests to take on the mantle of doing it at a much cheaper cost for those who cannot afford the cost.
Members, who might be knowing of all these practices, may offer suggestions in this regard. The poor among all the communities also need to be taken care of. The key question is : how?