Asthi Visarjan, the Hindu religious ritual for the deceased, requires the immersion of the ashes and bones in one of the sacred flowing rivers in India. One such river is the Kshipra river which is also known as the Shipra. This perennial river, flowing in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is regarded as one of Hinduism’s sacred rivers. On the river’s right bank rises the holy city of Ujjain. Ghats, or the elaborate and picturesque steps that lead down to the holy waters, dot the riversides. Every year, the goddess Kshipra is revered through a festive celebration. Countless Hindu shrines sit majestically on the river banks. The sacred place also witnesses the Kumbh Mela or Sinhastha fair every twelve years.
As told in the Vedas, the place of Shaktibeah Tirth is the location of the eternal trees planted by the goddess Parvati. The trees are said to have been planted on the shores of the Kshipra river. Revered as a holy place, Asthi Visarjan in Shaktibeah Tirth helps souls achieve moksha. Avantika, otherwise known as Indrapuri Amaravati, is also found on the Kshipra river banks. According to the Vedas, it is one of the seven cities of moksha or salvation in Hinduism. Asthi Visarjan in Avantika is popularly known across India and among non-resident Indians needing Asthi Visarjan. It is believed that if the dearly departed’s cremated ashes are immersed and scattered in this holy place, the person’s soul is greatly assisted to attain moksha. The Hindu sacred ritual of Asthi Visarjan aids the soul in uniting with the Supreme Power.
In Hindu scriptures, the word Shipra means purity of body, soul, and emotions. It may also connote clarity or chastity. According to the Hindu sacred texts of the Puranas, the Shipra came from the heart of Lord Vishnu’s incarnation in the form of a boar called Varaha. The banks of the Shipra hold many cultural and religious significance. The eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Krishna, studied in the ashram of the sage Sandipani found on Shipra’s banks.