Located in the Patan district of Gujarat, an Indian state, Siddhpur is regarded as one of the sacred towns in the Hinduism religion. Most importantly, it lies on the left banks of the Saraswati River, one of the holy rivers in India. Siddhpur is renowned as a holy destination for Hindu devotees. The town features numerous temples, Kunds or bathing ponds, and Ashrams or places that accommodate priests and devotees. Traditionally, Siddhpur was known as “Shristhal” which means a “pious place.” India being known for its religious values and traditions, numerous places offer the opportunity to perform religious rituals. One such important ritual is the Hindu homage to the departed souls known as Asthi Visarjan.
The Asthi Visarjan ritual for the dearly departed requires that the ashes and bones of the deceased be immersed in the flowing currents of a holy body of water. There are five holy lakes of ancient India that are considered sacred. One of them is Bindu Lake or Bindu Sarovar which is found in Siddhpur. The sarovar is a small body of water that is mentioned in the Rig-Veda, as well as regarded to be pious by followers of Hinduism. The word Bindu translates to ‘drop.’ In relation to the sacred lake, the waters are said to be the gathered teardrops of Lord Vishnu.
Hindu families come to this place for the performance of the Asthi Visarjan ritual for their deceased loved ones. By immersing and scattering the cremated remains of their departed family members in the waters of the lake, the impurities of the soul in the form of sins are washed away, thereby helping the soul in its journey in the afterlife, all toward the attainment of moksha or salvation and unity with the Divine Power.