By Taniya Dutta
A crematorium with mammoth replicas of airplanes complete with terminal gates and announcements has opened up for funeral in India – so that mourners can send their loved ones straight to heaven.
Named ‘Antim Udan Moksha Airport’ or Last Flight to Salvation, the crematorium in Bardoli in western state of Gujarat is quite literally the ‘one-way ticket’ to heaven.
The one-of-a-kind crematorium has two giant replicas of airplanes with five furnaces out of which three are electric and two are traditional funeral pyres.
Somabhai Patel, the president of the crematorium said: “The word crematorium is harsh. That is why, we have named this airport Antim Udan Moksha Airport.
“People of 40 villages in Bardoli come here for last rites of their loved ones and we make all the arrangements for them.”
What’s more interesting is that when mourners enter the funeral home, an announcement similar to the ones heard at airports guides them to the gate where they need to enter.
But the most unique feature of this crematorium is that the furnaces here have a special feature of making similar flight-like noise when the body is placed in it.
“We have tried our best to create an atmosphere that will soothe and console the grieved family members,” Mr Patel added.