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Friday, 15. February 2008
In Pictures: Maharishi Cremated
Thousands of followers of the Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, have attended his cremation in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.
The Maharishi, thought to have been 91 years old, died in his sleep last week in his home in the Netherlands. (see related entry: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Died)
The Maharishi's followers paid tribute to him over the last weekend, filing past his body which was placed in traditional cross-legged meditation posture, draped in white.
The body was cremated on a pyre by the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, a site revered by Hindus.
Correspondents say some 2,000 followers from other parts of the world joined the crowds. Among them was the filmmaker David Lynch.
"In life, he revolutionised the lives of millions of people," Lynch told the Reuters news agency. "In his passing away he is bringing the West and East together as well."
Devotees of the Maharishi, who is credited with bringing meditation techniques to the West, chanted prayers and hymns during the ceremony in Allahabad, northern India.
The Maharishi's body was prepared according to traditional customs and carried through crowds of people from all over the world.
The cremation took place at the Maharishi's retreat overlooking the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, a holy site in the Hindu religion.
Members of the Maharishi's family lit the funeral pyre, which had been decorated with flower petals and flags.
The ceremony was also watched by leaders - known as rajas - from the Maharishi's group who have vowed to continue his work aiming to bring peace and healing through meditation.
Source: BBC News
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