The Shamshan Ghat – Hindu cremation ground

A shmashan  is a Hindu cremation ground, where dead bodies are brought to be burnt on a pyre. It is usually located near a river or body of water on the outskirts of village or town. as they are usually located near river ghats so they are also called smashan ghat. The word has brought from Sanskrit language: shma refers to shava (“Dead Body”), while shana refers to shanya (“bed”).

The other Indian religions like Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism also use shmashan for the last rites of the dead. As per Hindu rites, the dead body is brought to shmashan for Antim Sanskar (last rites).


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