Here is a simple outline of rites that can be performed by Hindus in any locality.Variations are noted and suggestions made for Hindus in Western countries. As Death Approaches Traditionally, a Hindu dies at home.Nowadays the dying are increasingly kept in hospitals, even when recovery is clearly not possible.
Kindred keep vigil until the great departure, singing hymns, praying and reading scripture.Chaturthi – Lord Ganesha Ekadashi – Goddess Mahashivratri – Lord Shiva Gokulashtami – Lord Krishna Vat Pournima – this fast is done only by married women to increase the lifespan of their husbands.Ganesh Jayanti – Lord Ganesha Guru Pournima – Lord Dattatreya Ideal way of fasting in Hinduism: According to ancient Hinduism tradition, one should fast once in a week with remaining empty stomach until afternoon. In the afternoon one should have fruit juice or one or two fruits (This privilege is given because remaining empty stomach for long time can increase acidity and lower blood sugar and blood pressure.Souls depending on their karma earned in previous world systems, spontaneously draw to themselves atoms that coalesce into an appropriate body." - The Prashasta Pada.As in modern physics, Hindu cosmology envisaged the universe as having a cyclical nature. For a fuller exploration of issues surrounding Hinduism and death, read the full article.