Former PM Giri to be cremated at Pashupati, not buried, despite adopting Christianity

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Final rites of former Prime Minister Tulasi Giri will be performed at the electric crematorium in Pashupati.

Giri’s spouse Sarah Yonjan informed that Giri had formally written to his family members expressing his wish to be cremated at the crematorium like Hindus and not buried like Christians despite adopting Christianity.

Giri had earlier changed religion from Hindu to adopt Jehovah’s Witnesses, Sarah’s religion, after getting married with her.

The mortal remains of Giri have been kept in a coffin. As per the Christian beliefs, white flowers are placed near the remains. A Christmas tree and white tent are also kept nearby.

“Preparations are on to perform the final rites at 3 pm on Wednesday, ” Joint spokesperson of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Mohan Shrestha said quoting Sarah.

Giri, who suffered from liver cancer, passed away at his residence in Siddhartha Colony, Budhanilakantha Wednesday morning. He was 93.

Giri, who served as foreign minister in the Cabinet of the first people-elected Prime Minister Bishweswor Prasad Koirala in 1959,  served as the Prime Minister from 1975 to 1977.

He is survived by his spouse, two sons and four daughters.

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