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Maharishi's ashes immersed in Sangam
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12 February 2008
On Tuesday afternoon, the ashes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi were immersed in the Sangam, where the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers meet.
The funeral pyre was lit on Monday by Dr Girish Varma and was overseen by family members and Vedic Pandits who chanted mantras.
Vedic Pandits from the Jyotirmath of the Shankaracharya carried the ashes and funeral flowers, which were 'gathered in brass urns and wrapped in white muslin cloth and garlands of roses', to the Sangam.
The Vedic Pandits were followed by 35 Rajas (Administrator), or kings, who are the leaders of the Transcendental Meditation organization, and by Maharaja Adhiraj Raja Raam, the new spiritual head of the organization. They wore ceremonial golden crowns, heavy gold medallions, and white shawls. . . .
At approximately 1:30 p.m., the ashes were released into the water of the Sangam, according to Vedic rituals.
The Indian-Asian News Service quoted Bob Roth, the organization's publicly head, as saying, 'The Sangam was beautiful. There were 30 boats, people went on those boats and the seer's family on one of the boats performed the final rituals before scattering the ashes all over into the river.'
Some of Maharishi's ashes will be distributed and preserved in 192 nations across the globe at the organizations Vedic learning centres.
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