Dokhmenashini Vs Cremation – A Comparison


  1. Dokhmas are not only for disposal of dead bodies but also to liberate Ravan (soul)
    from the worldly attachments. (i.e. Maya in Gujarati). Cremation just disposes the
    body and there is no mechanism to liberate Ravan.
  2. Dokhmas are a consecrated place with long and exhaustive liturgical ceremonies
    done during the construction. No consecrated ceremonies exist for cremation.
  3. Natural elements like air, fire, water or earth are not defiled even one percent. While
    during cremation fire and air elements are defiled besides causing nuisance and
    health problems to the nearby localities. E.g. Chandanwadi at Dhobi talao.
  4. Dokhmas are kept open from the top, so as to allow sunrays to fall on the dead
    bodies. This has two types of effect on the bodies. First drying up of body so that
    putrefaction stops and secondly the minutest of body particles – atoms (or anasars)
    are taken up by the sun rays and given to Dahm Yazad – a Fareshta especially for this
    purpose. That is why the tenth day ceremony is known as ‘Dasmoo’. Cremation does
    not get benefit of sunrays.
  5. When a body part like limb etc. get separated due to accident or surgery, that part
    should also be given the benefit of Dokhmenashini though the human being is still
    alive. Each and every part of the body should be given the benefit of Dokhmenashini
    as well as Khorshed nagirashni, i.e. sunrays, so that every atom of the body goes to
    Dahm Yazad. This is a smooth transition from the physical to spiritual world. No
    benefit of sunrays if body is cremated.
  6. The death ceremonies of a Zoroastrian starts from Sachkar, Geh sahrnu and finally
    Dokhmenashini. When a body is consigned in Dokhma, no priest is required to
    perform any ceremony, but 101 cotton threads which were embedded in the
    Dokhma during construction time had absorbed these ceremonies done during that
    time (like CD or tape which records the sound) and these recorded ceremonies
    remain forever in Dokhma which help the Ravan of a Zarthosti to liberate from this
    world and it joyfully goes to its destination in the other world, i.e. Minoi world.
    Secondly, it cuts off lots of putrefaction (Naso). Once the Sachkar ceremony is
    started, no other person except Zoroastrian can see the dead body till it goes into
    Dokhma. Only after Dokhmenashini is done, afternoon and night Uthamna and
    Charum ceremony (4th day) can be performed. If a body is cremated, all the above
    ceremonies are null and void and has absolutely no effect on progress of Ravan.
  7. During first three days, the Zoroastrian Ravan remains in this world under protection
    of Sarosh Yazad, so that evil forces do not attack or capture it. That is why nobody
    has heard about Parsi ghost or witch. Crematorium has no protection of Sarosh
    Yazad.
  8. As per our religion, Dokhmas are revered as the holy place. That is why we have a
    prayer of “Dokhma-No-Namaskar” Whenever a Zarthosthi visits Doongerwadi, he is
    supposed to pray this Namaskar. While for burial ground or crematorium, there is no
    such prayer.
  9. When a dead body is put for cremation, the relatives – dear and near ones commit
    unpardonable sin of putting dead body on fire, which is revered as “Son of Dadar
    Ahura Mazda” and thus insulting the creator. When we want to fulfill our wishes, we
    run to Iranshah, Atashbehrams and agiaries fires and after that during the death you
    forget and defile the holy fire by doing cremation. What type of faith is it?
  10. Our prophet Asho Zarthushtra gave us strict instructions not to defile natural
    elements like fire, earth, water or air. Dokhmenashini takes care of all the elements.
    Remember, ours is the first religion of the world who proclaimed that the nature, i.e.
    environment should be protected.
  11. When a human body which is composed of kilos of proteins and acids burn, you get
    foul smell in the surroundings. We experience that while passing through
    Chandanwadi and worli areas. We inhale this foul smell which goes into your body
    and causes various diseases like T.B., Asthma, Cancer, etc. and also endangers birds,
    plantations, etc.
  12. Thousands of years back our prophet Asho Zarthushtra has shown the way and gave
    us the system of Dokhmenashini so that we can protect our environment. This
    system is appreciated by scientist who have studied it and found to be best, most
    efficient, most hygiene and perfect to the core. Cremation does not protect even
    one percent of environment.
  13. If a Zoroastrian wishes that he/she be cremated after his death or he has written in
    his last will, his near and dear one will be doing a great service to him/her by doing
    Dokhmenashini. They will be blessed by such Ravan, because this Ravan during his
    life time did not realise the true facts of the religion. In 1971 when a trustee of BPP
    went against Dokhma in favour of cremation and made tremendous propaganda, but
    could not succeed in his aim. On his death bed after sufferings, he wished that his
    body should be put in Dokhma and finally it was done. This is the natural way of
    realization of a human being whose thought went astray for some time.
  14. So long as a dead body of Zarthoshti is not laid down in Dokhma, its salvation does
    not take place. The birds are only for disposal of dead and not for salvation of Ravan,
    which every Zarthoshti understand. Khorshed yazad takes care of both.
  15. Dokhmenashini is most supreme for Zarthoshtis and that is why Dokhmas are sacred
    where Naso (microbes of infection) are destroyed and not created.
  16. During plague epidemic in Mumbai some years ago, 15 to 20 bodies used to come to
    Dokhma, but at that time no problem arose. No pallbearers died because of handling
    of dead and even birds were not affected. Similarly, during influenza epidemic no
    problem arose.
  17. Oh Parsis, behold and fear by disrespecting son of Dadar Ahura Mazda, i.e. fire. Think
    before you leap. Our forefathers used to say do not play with fire and that is very
    true.
    The above write up has been taken from lectures of our guru Behesti Minocher
    Nasserwanji Pundol saheb who was in close contact with Pak Magav Sahebs of
    Demavand koh.
    Summing up, those who do propaganda in favour of cremation and built the so called
    prayer hall at Worli, thereby bringing Zarthoshti towards cremation plus those mobeds
    who are doing fictitious ceremonies there, have taken curse of fire – son of Dadar Ahura
    Mazda and also of all Ravans put for burning.
    The above article has been written with the faith for those doubting about
    Dokhmenashini. We sincerely hope now that after reading the above points, they should
    change their thinking and stick to Zoroastrian customs, as enunciated by our beloved
    Prophet of Prophets Asho Zarathushtra.
    Amen!

 

Courtesy : Cyrus Cooper

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4 thoughts on “Dokhmenashini Vs Cremation – A Comparison

  1. khorshed bhaskar says:

    Kindly explain what should be done by a zaurashtri person married to non parsi How should one proceed Thks to explain in detail the whole procedure required. Thank u Khorshed Bhaskar nee Elavia

  2. Temus Bejon Maneckshana says:

    I have a problem – there is no Dokhma where I live. Oh well! ‘Am going to hell anyway :-))

    Why cremation? Could it be that our faith in our religion, our believes, our traditions, our practices, is getting more diluted with each passing day?

    My understanding of a Dokhma burial – is that we Zoros are very charitable folks and this act of our disposal is our very last act of charity.

    The article does not mention the fact that due to industrialization, the dwindling vulture population (even in Bombay), the dead body lies in the dokhma for days and weeks if not months. Also I am told that there is a tremendous shortage of Khandiyas in Bombay and elsewhere. The shortage is more profound and truly felt when there are multiple Paidust on a given day and time. Given the dire circumstances, I am not surprised that more Zoros are opting for the “Path of Least Resistance” – Cremation. If we cannot find Zoro men to maintain our Agiyaris/Atashbehrams, where and how are we going to find them to perform this difficult and at times a very gruesome task???

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