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Why Sadhus and Sanyasis are Buried and Not Cremated in Hinduism?

The traditional practice in Hinduism is to cremate the body of a dead person. But the dead body of Sadhus and Sanyasis are buried. In many Hindu communities, the body of a holy person is buried in the Padmasana Posture (Lotus Position).

The belief is that the dead person’s soul is attached to the body. This attachment makes the person unable to attain moksha. By cremating the body, it is destroyed completely so that the soul has no attachment and it helps in attainment of Moksha.

Sadhus and Sanyasis are detached from the world and they have no attachment to their body. The self realization attained by them makes the body irrelevant to them while they are alive. Cremation is therefore superfluous.

For the one that has attained self realization cremation and burial both have no significance. It is the people who are alive that create the distinction.