Nimtala Burning Ghat is one of the oldest crematorium grounds in Kolkata with historical significance. The last rites of the noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore were performed there in 1941. Even the composer of Bande Mataram, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay’s last rites were performed at Nimtala Burning Ghat.
How to reach Nimtala Burning Ghat
Address : Nimtala Ghat, Strand Bank Rd, Beniatola, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006
Nearby landmark: Ahiritola
- Drinking water
- Parking place
- Waiting room
The process to follow at Nimtala Burning Ghat
- Offline booking: There is no facility for online booking in this crematorium ground. The priority is based on first-come, first-serve.
- You can call at 9883318181 to book an ambulance for the deceased and the family to reach the cremation ground
- Carrying a Death confirmation certificate with Doctor’s signature on it is compulsory to proceed further
- The documents are verified by the crematorium manager who allots the slots for the decreased.
- They take 1-1.5 hours in an Electric chamber and 3 hours in wooden to burn the body. Later you can collect the ashes.
- After the cremation process is complete, a Death Certificate is provided.
How to proceed after you reach the cremation ground
- Meet the crematorium manager
- Check the slot availability; if a slot is not available at that time, wait in the waiting room for your turn
- Priests are present inside and you can buy puja samagris from the shops inside the crematorium.
- On your turn, take the deceased on a stretcher to the electric or wooden chamber
Cost of the services performed at the crematorium
- Fees for registration of the adult electric cremation is Rs 250 and the adult wooden cremation is Rs 220.
- The cremation registration fee for minor electric is Rs 130 and wooden is Rs 80.
- Wooden cremation complete charge is Rs 2500 for an adult and Rs 1200 for a child.
The facilities in Nimtala Burning Ghat have to be upgraded a lot since then, now they have new electric furnaces, waiting area, meditation space, toilets and green environment. The central government rejuvenated the 187 plus years entire cremation ground in 2010.