Jayalalithaa’s relatives re-do her last rites for her ‘moksha’
They expressed apprehension that her soul would not attain 'moksha' (emancipation from the cycle of death and birth) because she was buried instead of being cremated as per strict Hindu customs
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s relatives re-performed her last rites at Paschima Vahini on the banks of Cauvery River in Srirangapatna in Mandya district in Karnataka on Tuesday.
Jayalalithaa was born at Melukote in Mandya district. She had spent her initial years in Mysuru before moving to Bengaluru after her father’s demise.
Her relatives performed her last rites expressing apprehension that her soul would not attain 'moksha' (emancipation from the cycle of death and birth) because she was buried instead of being cremated as per strict Hindu customs, The Times of India reported.
Chief priest Ranganath Iyengar performed the last rites, cremating a doll, meant to be her replica.
“To help Jayalalithaa's soul attain 'moksha', her body should have been cremated. Some rituals will be observed for five days to appease her soul,” he told TOI.
Jayalalithaa's step-brother Varadaraju, who led the rituals, felt her party should have honoured her beliefs.
"Had my sister been an atheist, she would not have visited temples, participated in Hindu festivals nor observed Hindu traditions. Why did her party take the decision to bury her? Why did they keep us away from her last rites," he reportedly asked.
Jayalalithaa was buried in a sandalwood casket on Dec. 6 near her mentor and life partner MG Ramachandran’s burial ground.
Some relatives felt as Jayalalithaa was a staunch believer of Hindu rituals, her last rites should have been performed as per Iyengar customs.
Jayalalitaa's nephews, who are living in Mysuru and Melukote, also expressed disappointment. They joined Jayalalithaa's step-brother Varadaraju in re-performing her last rites.