According to Hindu beliefs, a hammer is an important tool in helping a spirit get to the afterlife.
It is used to crack open the skull of the dead in order to “release the soul from entrapment.”
The practice stems from the Hindu belief that the soul resides in the skull.
Cremation is generally typical for all Hindus, and is seen as the only way in which all the five elements of fire, water, earth, air and space would be returned.
A Hindu priest usually leads the formal religious rituals, and the eldest son normally lights the funeral pyre at the cremation.