CR01-CREMATORIUM

MAHAPRASTHANAM-A HINDU CREMATORIUM Hyderabad / India / 2015

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M A H A P R A S T H A N A M
A Hindu Crematorium
“Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never,
Never was time it was not; end and beginning are dreams;
Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit for ever
Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems.”
⦁ Sir Edwin Arnold, 1900


 


|Philosophy|


In Hindu Philosophy of Ģta Life’s purpose is fulfilled when one goes through the 16 phases called Shodasha Samskara. Death in Hindu Philosophy is but a journey in search of perfection and eventual Moksha.



|Ritual|


Antyeșṭi, the final stage of life is the funeral ritual. Divided into 5 major stages- preparation, cremation, mourning, purification and commemoration- the last rite is fulfilled.



|Concept|


lamenting the lost, the built forms are shaped in such a way that; Pavilions embrace to console the loved ones, Waiting halls silently bow in honour, & Pyres open up to liberate the lost in a farewell.



|Symbol|


Every step, every stone & every turn empathises with the loss and lost as much as it was for the living and the life shared. It symbolizes the significance of love and loss as continuity.



|Form|


The customized script casting onto the precast walls were assembled on site in a month. The cavumaedium forms with their angular tendencies behold the culture and concept. Wall surfaces are splash over texture finished adding the wrinkle of the wise to these lone standing structures.



|Function|


Due to building on an existing crematory, the open land pockets left a scattered layout to the built forms. This leaves an organic layout of spaces. a screen od stone posts and plants add further privacy to each pyre.


 


|INITIATION|
The client PHOENIX FOUNDATION with local Municipal Corporation undertook the task of accomplishing this state of the art crematorium from a neglected crematory. As an already existing 3.7 acre crematory/cemetery, the initiative was to build and accommodate the Hindu cremation rituals, culturally and contextually.

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    M A H A P R A S T H A N A MA Hindu Crematorium “Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never,Never was time it was not; end and beginning are dreams;Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit for everDeath hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems.”⦁ Sir Edwin Arnold, 1900   |Philosophy| In Hindu Philosophy of Ģta Life’s purpose is fulfilled when one goes through the 16 phases called Shodasha Samskara. Death in...

    Project details
    • Year 2015
    • Work started in 2013
    • Work finished in 2015
    • Client Phoenix Foundation
    • Contractor Phoenix Foundation
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Parks, Public Gardens / Cemeteries and cemetery chapels / Monuments
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