Switzerland city to allow Hindu death rites at the river
City of Lucerne in Switzerland has reportedly agreed to allow Hindus to perform rituals related to dispersing cremated remains on the Reuss River bank.
According to reports, an environmental study has confirmed that these rites would not cause environmental harm.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended City of Lucerne for having a feel for the religious sentiments of area Hindu community and respecting their traditions.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that it was a “step in the right direction” and urged other cities around the world to allow Hindus to scatter the ashes of loved ones in the rivers.
City of Bristol in United Kingdom is also reportedly considering River Avon as possible site for dispersing cremated remains of Hindus.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
Most populous city in central Switzerland on the shore of scenic lake, Lucerne is surrounded by Mount Pilatus and Rigi and is known for its 14th century wooden Kapellbrücke. Hinduism is taught at University of Lucerne and there is reportedly a Hindu temple in this predominantly Roman Catholic city. Urs W. Studer is the Mayor.