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Hindu Burial at Sea Offerings

Hindu burial at sea ash scattering Prasāda offerings to the water during a burial at sea ceremony are often symbolic and hold cultural significance.  Connecting families to their rich traditions. Offering practices vary across Hindu communities, with families choosing offerings based on cultural traditions and personal beliefs.

Common Hindu burial at sea ash scattering Prasāda (Offerings)


Flowers are a traditional and symbolic offering. They represent beauty, transience, and the cycle of life. The act of scattering flowers into the water is a way of honoring the departed soul. They are most commonly brought in garlands as well as individual buds to place in the water. 

Tulsi Leaves

Tulsi, or holy basil, is considered sacred in Hinduism. Offering Tulsi leaves signifies purity and devotion. It is a gesture of seeking blessings and invoking divine energy.


Rice is a symbol of sustenance and fertility. It may be offered as a way of wishing the departed a peaceful journey into the afterlife. Families commonly bring rice balls on a Hindu burial at sea ash scattering.


The coconut holds significance in Hindu rituals. It is often broken during ceremonies to symbolize the breaking of the ego and the release of the soul from worldly attachments.


In some Hindu traditions, offering honey to the deceased is symbolic of the sweetness of life, purity, and the cyclical nature of existence. It may also signify a desire for the soul’s purification, healing, and nourishment during its journey beyond the physical realm.


Camphor is used in Hindu rituals for its purifying properties. Burning camphor and placing it in the water can symbolize the purification of the soul.

Sandalwood Paste

Sandalwood is considered auspicious in Hinduism. Applying sandalwood paste and placing it in the water can symbolize purity and spiritual cleansing.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are associated with auspiciousness in Hindu traditions. Offering sesame seeds can symbolize spiritual growth and prosperity for the departed soul.

Ghee or Clarified Butter

Ghee is a symbol of purity and is used in various Hindu rituals. Offering a small amount of ghee into the water can be a gesture of purity and light.


Milk is considered a nourishing and purifying substance. Pouring a small amount of milk into the water can symbolize the nourishment of the soul in its journey.


In Hindu philosophy, the physical body is considered temporary, and the soul is eternal.Yogurt, born out of the fermentation of milk, serves as a symbolic representation of transformation and change, mirroring the soul’s transition from one state to another. Additionally, it is considered a gesture to invoke positive energy and blessings for the soul’s journey beyond, offering a soothing and cooling effect to the departed soul.

It’s important to note that whatever Prasāda (offerings) are made, they should be environmentally friendly and 100% biodegradable to minimize any impact on the ocean ecosystem. 

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Los Angeles Yacht CharterExcellentLos Angeles Yacht Charter4.9 Based on 246 reviews from ★★★★★ My father’s disposition of ashes at sea was beautiful. I had many family members state to me of all the funerals they have been to this one was so sweet and beautiful. The charter boat was very nice. Captain was awesome. The pastor was very sweet. To top thing and make the moment even better we had contacted a bag popper who was amazing. I highly recommend doing some like this for your loved ones.Tiffany E.Tiffany E. ★★★★★ Recently I engaged the services of Los Angeles Yacht Charters to take me and my family to the Channel Islands so that I could fulfill my promise to my deceased husband to distribute his ashes in the Pacific ocean at the Channel Islands.The Los Angeles Yacht Charters could not have been a better choice. They were professional, knowledgeable and, most importantly, they were kind.The experience could not have been better. Our skipper, Doug, was wonderful. The weather cooperated wonderfully. The sea was quite calm, it was sunny and the trip to the Channel Islands was pleasant.All of my family participated in our informal service by way of sharing memories. Eventually Dan's ashes were distributed into the sea with appropriate music playing.My greatest gratitude goes to Los Angeles Yacht Charters.Sue FrostSue F.Sue F. ★★★★★ The Los Angeles Yacht Charter burial at sea for my mom and dad could not have been more beautiful and such a special memory of a lifetime. Captain George and crew were amazing and so patient and kind. The way the yacht circles around and all of us throwing the flowers circling the rose petals and ashes is a memory I will never forget. Thank you for everything.Diane W.Diane W. ★★★★★ This company is the absolute best! The staff is caring and professional. Spreading the ashes is never easy but they do it in such a genuinely caring matter. They want to make sure the service is just like you want it. Sad situation but they made me feel comfortable. Cannot recommend them enough! Worth every penny!Joesyln F.Joesyln F. ★★★★★ The crew was welcoming, supportive and explained what to expect and when. They provided a cooler filled with water and ginger ale, as well as a table for our us to place our coffee and cake. The boat was very clean and comfortable, with plenty of comfortable covered seating inside and outside. We had enough time to say our goodbyes and share our memories. The remains were placed in a container with rose petals that I lowered into the water. The captain tossed our wreath into the water and we scattered our rose petals. We never felt rushed, there was time to share our grief. The crew were kind and respectful the entire time. It was a truly beautiful way for our family and friends to honor our loved one.Elaine M.Elaine M.js_loader

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