President of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad and Mahant Narendra Giri of Baghambri Math in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, was given a bhum-samadhi on Wednesday. Giri, in his suicide note, had expressed his desire that he should be given a bhum-samadhi near his guru’s samadhi in the Baghambari Math itself. According to his instructions, the last rites of the late Mahant were performed at the Baghambri Math by giving him a tomb under a lemon. Narendra Giri was taken to the confluence bank of Ganga-Yamuna-Saraswati in a chariot decorated with flowers before giving him the samadhi. Here he was bathed, after which he was taken to the big Hanuman temple situated on the Sangam bank for darshan. Giri Layte Hanuman ji was also the Mahant of the temple. After this his body was taken to the Baghambari Math in Allapur. Worship was done here on the already excavated mausoleum.
Tomb was taken under the lemon tree that was planted
On Tuesday, he was given a bhum-samadhi under the lemon tree which was planted by Mahant Narendra Giri. During this the atmosphere there was very humid. Tears broke out in the eyes of his disciples while paying samadhi to the Guru. Many were seen crying and wiping their tears during the samadhi. A square deep pit was dug near the lemon tree to give Samadhi to Narendra Giri. A small room was made by digging one wall of the pit. It was here that Narendra Giri became Brahmalin. The process was kept completely secret. At the time of samadhi, a curtain was made all around with a sheet. With this the process of chanting started. Sacks of salt were laid at the tomb. Narendra Giri’s clothes were changed before the samadhi, for which the site was covered with cloth from all sides. Then the body of the Mahant was decorated according to the scriptural method. After this the process of burial was completed. All the saints present on the occasion bid him a final farewell with Vedic chanting. Bhu-samadhi is given by making the body sit in Siddhasana. A monk based in the Baghambari Math told that Mahant Narendra Giri has been made to sit with a cross.
How is the last rites of saints done?
The last rites of Narendra Giri were performed as per the Sant tradition. According to Sanatan Mata, there are three types of sacraments in the saint tradition. These include cremation, ground burial and water burial. After the death of many saints, they have been cremated in the Vedic way. Many saints have also taken water samadhi, but keeping in mind the pollution in rivers etc., now the practice of water samadhi has reduced. In such a situation, there is a tradition of giving land to most saints in Vaishnavism. Narendra Giri will be given a mausoleum at Baghambri Math in Prayagraj. For this, he has specially written in his suicide note and has also told about the place where he should be given samadhi after being Brahmalin.
How is the land tomb
The first place is decided for the Bhoomi-Samadhi. Then the tomb is dug by law. Worship is performed there and the place is purified with Gangajal and Vedic mantras. In Bhoo-samadhi, the deceased monk is made to sit in the samadhi position. This sitting posture is called Siddha Yoga Mudra. It is said that samadhi is given to saints so that later their followers can see and experience their adorable-guru at their samadhi site.
how old is the history of land mausoleum
Many saints in India have taken Bhoosamadhi. It is believed that this tradition is more than 1200 years old. Adiguru Shankaracharya also took Bhu-samadhi and his samadhi is said to exist even today in Kedarnath. Apart from this the famous Devaraha Baba is said to have taken water samadhi. The Samadhi of Acharya Shri Ram Sharma, the founder of Shantikunj in Haridwar, is also present at the Sajal Shraddha Sthal.
[Attribution to NBT]