The burning of the body gives a clue to the soul and it starts believing about the death of the body.
The mantras of the Antyesti Samskaras have messages to the soul
about what it should be doing and how to go about further on. The whole prakriya (the
process) takes 11-13 days.
Since a Hindu consecrates his entire life through the
performance of various sacraments at suitable stages, at his death, his survivors
consecrate the event by death rites for his future good and spiritual felicity.
Though performed after a man's death, this sacrament is no
less important, because for a Hindu, the value of the next world is higher than that of