In Wales, Britain, Hindus and Sikhs have got a new place to scatter the ashes of their loved ones after their last rites. After a long-running campaign, newly-approved site has become operational by the River Taff in Wales.
The Antim Sanskar Group Wales (ASGW) was formed in December 2016. The group was striving for this site since long. Vimla Patel, Chair of the ASGW said
“Cardiff Council funded the construction and the Llandaff Rowing Club and members of the Hindu and Sikh communities of South Wales contributed financially to meet the final costs”.
“After many years of hard work we will, at last, have an established and sanctified area. Here families can come and disperse the funeral ashes of their loved ones,” she said.
Cardiff Council Councilor Jaswant Singh has first raised the issue of lack of a site for bone immersion in 1999. After that Channi Kaler of the ASGW made attempts since 2013. Mr Kaler is a Tanzanian-born Sikh who moved to Wales in 1961. He contacted the Hindu community and together they formed the ASGW. After nearly 22 years, the campaign has got success.
Vimla Patel said that there are more than three generations of Hindus and Sikhs settled in Wales. The first generation in our community took the ashes back to their homeland after the funeral. However, subsequent generations are either born here or have spent most of their lives here. They prefer to scatter the ashes of their loved ones in Wales, with respect and dignity,” she explained. “This is an important aspect of the last rites for the departed souls”, she added.
A Cardiff Council spokesman said that it took some time to resolve this problem due to the pandemic. But now we have a permanent place, which the present and future generations of the Sikh and Hindu community can use.