US Ashram Hesitant to Part with Gandhi Ashes

January 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sify News

An ashram in Los Angeles that has had an urn of Mahatma Gandhi's ashes for over 50 years and has set up a much-venerated memorial is hesitant to part with it — for now.

Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson, had asked the Self Realisation Fellowship (SRF) ashram founded by Paramahansa Yogananda to immerse the ashes in water.

"In Hinduism, ashes from the funeral pyre must be immersed in water. It is sacrilege to keep them," Tushar's father Arun Gandhi told IANS in New York. SRF denies receiving any communication from Tushar Gandhi.