Bhubaneswar, Nov 1 (LocalWire) The sea-facing Swargadwar crematorium at pilgrim town Puri is poised for a makeover with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announcing Rs. five crore package for its revamping.
The crematorium will be remodeled into modern one with improved facilities for performance of last rites, according to a release from the chief minister’s office.
As part of the revamping, there will be rest room facilities for the pallbearers.
The surroundings of the ground will be given green ambiance with tree plantations. Facilities for collection and conservation of mortal remains will also form part of the project, it added.
Swargadwar loosely translated as gateway to heaven.
So, Hindus believe that cremation of their bodies after death at Swardwar will take their soul to heaven.
They carry the mortal remains of their near and dear ones from all over the state to Swargadwar for conducting last rites.
Significantly, as an age old practice, the funeral procession passes along the Badadanda (Grand Road) halting for a few moment in front of the ‘Singhadwar’ (main gate) of Sri Jagannath temple before reaching Swargadwar.
This is allowed irrespective of the number of visitors and occasion in the holy city on the given time and day.