Harrison's Mysterious Last Rites
Secrecy surrounded the last rites for former Beatle George Harrison on Tuesday as Hare Krishna officials in India sent out mixed signals regarding the immersion of the musician's ashes in the sacred Ganges River, reports Reuters. Harrison, a longtime devotee of the Hindu sect, was closely attached to the holy Hindu city of Varanasi, where the immersion of the ashes was expected to take place. (Harrison, 58, died on Thursday at a friend's home in Los Angeles following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was said to have been cremated in a cardboard coffin hours after his death, in keeping with his adopted faith.) Hare Krishna members chanted prayers for Harrison's soul in Delhi, but no one could give clear details regarding if, where or when the immersion ceremony would take place. Officials in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh said the ritual may have taken place quietly already. "So far, we have received no information with respect to Harrison's ashes," said interior secretary Naresh Dayal. "All I can presume is perhaps (the Harrison family) wanted it to be a private affair, so they might have already come and gone without informing anyone."
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