Antyesti Sanskar

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Antyesti Sanskar

Antyesti Sanskar – is a sanskar that is not directly performed by us. Antyesti Sanskar is performed indirectly by our children or family members. Anteshi means – ant – when soul leaves the body.

  1. Let’s first learn the significance and importance of Antyesti Sanskar.
  2. Then we will learn about the Puja items.
  3. We will do Panch Peeth puja.
  4. We will conclude the Antyesti Sanskar puja with a small Yagna.
STEP 1: Let’s understand Antyesti Sanskar

Watch the video to know the significance and importance of this Antyesti Sanskar.

STEP 2: Let’s Collect Puja Items for Antyesti Sanskar & Learn their Significance
  • Rice
  • Sandalwood
  • Moli (red thread)
  • Roli (red powder)
  • Lamp
  • Incense sticks
  • Coconut
  • Flowers
  • Sweets, Fruits
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Curd (Yogurt)
  • Clarified butter (Ghee)
  • Honey
  • Dry fruits
  • Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
STEP 3: Follow the Video to Prepare for the Antyeshti Sanskar

First we will do the panch peeth puja
Let's follow the video through this step.

STEP 5: Now Let's Perform Havan

We will conclude the Antyesti Sanskar ceramony with a small havan or yagna.
Watch and follow along with the video to perform the havan.

We will conclude Antyesti Sanskar with the aarti or Shanti Path

Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let's now do the Antyesti Sanskar to successfully conclude the puja.

Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina


Regional Information For Antyesti Sanskar

Antyesti Sanskar– is a sanskar that is not directly performed by us. Antyesti Sanskar is performed indirectly by our children or family members. Anteshi means – ant – when soul leaves the body.

Like the way parents perform all the pujas and rituals when a new child is born, the same way – the when the soul leaves our body, Antyesti Sanskar is done by our family members. All the pujas and rituals performed during the death come under anteshi sanskar. These rituals are very well known and different communities have their own way to perform these rituals. Basically for everyday married people , their body is devoted to agni-dev and all the rituals are performed .

For sanyasis, or childless couples – Antyesti Sanskar and puja can be performed during their lifetime. This is accompanied with different dans – e.g on bhoomi-dan / go-dan /. At that time a sankalp is done – formally with name/date / etc- They devote all their posession including their body to others. Bodies of sanyasis is generally not burnt – but is passed away in water.

When this puja is performed during life-time, no further puja is performed on actual death. Generally elder son of the household is responsible for performing the last rites. If the parents inheritance is already passed on to all the sons, they must all contribute towards these rituals. A huge punya or blessing showerd upon the son/s performing these rites. After performing the last rites and rituals, the elder son and family pray to lord Vishnu to accept the new souls to devine world.

It is believed – if these rites are properly perfomed – then the soul gets a huge satisfaction. These rites should be performed with a lot of shradha – that’s why they are also called shrads.