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Mohandas K. Gandhi's Ashes Finally Allowed To Rest At Sea

By KJ Mullins     Jan 16, 2008 in Lifestyle
Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma, was murdered sixty years ago in 1948 by a Hindu hardliner. Since that time his ashes have been displayed in one memorial after another in several urns throughout India.
Soon those ashes will be scattered in the Arabian Sea.
One of the urns that carry the ashes of Gandhi was to be displayed at a museum dedicated to Gandhi. Along with personal belongings the ashes were due to appear at The Mani Bhawan Gandhi Sangralaya. Family relatives intervened and asked the museum to consider scattering the ashed at sea.
"In deference to the wishes of the family the ashes will be scattered over the Arabian Sea on January 30, which is his 60th death anniversary," museum official Dhirubhai Mehta said.
At the time of Gandhi's death, father and eldest son Harilal were at odds. The son at one point converted to Islam to spite his father, Harilal refused to attend his father's funereal.
Sixty years later Harilal's descendants will get the chance to participate in the funeral ritual that normally occurs on the 13th day after death. Typically Hindus are cremated and then their ashes are scattered over rivers or seas on the 13th day from their death.
"The family has decided to give Harilal's descendants the opportunity they never got" to participate in a funeral ritual for Gandhi, the newspaper quoted Ushaben Gokani, one of Gandhi's granddaughters, as saying.
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