CONSTRUCTION OF CREMATION GROUND IN BODHGAYA

Cremations occur along the edge of the Nairanjana River in Bodhgaya but there has never been a covered facility to allow cremations to occur during the monsoon months. There is such a facility 12 miles away in Gaya, but people from the Bodhgaya region often lack the funds to take their deceased relatives to this location. As a result, for many years bodies have simply been thrown into the river during the monsoon months because cremation fires cannot be kept burning. Becoming aware of this situation, LBDFI - India donated the funds for the construction of a metal canopy and concrete stand to allow cremations to occur under cover along with the installation of a water pump and steps down to the Nairanjana river to offer ashes. The new facility was opened in October 2010 and is now regularly used by local people.