Hindus seek to scatter cremated remains in all Canadian rivers after Ontario Park permits

Welcoming the announcement of Bronte Creek Park Oakville (Ontario) permitting scattering of cremated remains of loved ones, Hindus are urging parks of all ten provinces and three territories of Canada to do the same.

A sign in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, a unit of Ontario Parks, says: “Families and individuals who wish to scatter cremated remains of a loved one can do so in Bronte Creek Provincial Park on both land and in water.”

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended Ontario Parks 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 positive direction and urged authorities in all the ten provinces and three territories to allow Hindus and others to scatter the ashes of loved ones in their rivers, carving designated scattering areas.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park contains Bronte Creek Ravine and a 1.8 acre outdoor pool and is open every day except for Christmas Day.

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