Junagadh, 11 January 2021
A farmer was doing organic farming. When he saw the cremation of everyone, he thought that he should cremate everyone with less wood. Because the trees were being cut down on the field. He is doing organic cultivation of turmeric on his 3 big land. Its powder is made and sold. He connected with the Honeybee network.
Arjunbhai Agadhare, a 55-year-old organic farmer from Keshod, Junagadh, Gujarat, has developed a cremation method that can save 280 kg of wood out of 400 kg. But they have misunderstood that saying. It costs Rs 2.50 lakh to build a crematorium.
According to Hindu rites, two doors have also been used. One main gate and the other last door. 70–110 kg of wood is used in cremation of bodies up to 80 kg. The cremation is performed in one and a half to two hours.
People do not like gas, diesel, electricity, biocol cremation furnaces.
On an average, 1400 people are killed every day in Gujarat, in which bodies of 1100 people are cremated with wood or electric furnace. On an average 400 kg of wood is used in cremation of a person.
Why was the invention?
The seeds of this discovery came to Arjunbhai’s mind 40 years ago. He went to the crematorium at the age of 14, when his uncle died. Large quantities of wood were used at the funeral. There he felt that the use of wood should be reduced.
In 2015, he started working at a fire house. Made a lid that looked like a mummy, which would have reduced wood consumption. Started preparing prototypes. Worked on this for 2 consecutive years. Eventually in 2017, he made a model. It was first used in 2017 at the Junagadh crematorium.
1.50 acres of trees are saved daily
Arjunbhai believes that 200 to 1 thousand kg of wood is needed to burn the body. In Sikkim, 1 thousand kg of wood is required for Buddhist funerals. With the use of cremation kilns, 40 acres of forest can be saved per day in the country. And in Gujarat, 1.50 acres of trees can survive.
How it works
The cremation furnace works in conjunction with air and fire. Air enters the furnace, which burns the wood carcass of the furnace. It is covered by net. It also has a blower and nozzle. So that air can flow in and out during the funeral. The heat inside the furnace varies from 700 C to 1000 C. It has a sensor based temperature meter.
How is the design
Saves the heat. The sum part of the body that needs more wood, there is more wood. Less wood is needed to burn the organs, there is less wood design. The heat inside the furnace does not go into the atmosphere. Fire bricks material has been used all around. Smoke goes up through the pipe. To find this material, they went to engineering hubs like Rajkot, Morbi, Jasdan. Special bricks were brought from Morbi.
The furnace was built with the award received by the President
Arjanbhai was made a brick making machine from the ashes. In 2015, he was awarded the Grassroots Innovator Award by President Pranab Mukherjee. In which a prize of 3 lakh rupees was given. With this award of 3 lakh rupees, he started the work of building a new design crematorium.
300 kg of wood remains
About 300 kg of wood is saved at one time. 50% of the time is saved at the crematorium. The bones fall into a tray.
Place the furnace in 8 places
Use was started in Bamansa (sheep), Keshod taluka, Junagadh. Furnaces have been installed at Bamnasa, Keshod, Alidhara, Aranyala, Dwarka-Paladi, Kodinar of Gir Somnath. The Bhatts have been set up with donations from the organization, villagers, and small donations.
The work that Arjunbhai is doing is actually the work of the government, forest department, GEDA, panchayats, municipalities and the municipality. The government should come forward for this. These kilns should be kept in villages to reduce the use of wood and save the forests. People’s time will be saved. Air pollution will also decrease.
Educated with the maternal uncle
Arjunai says that I was not a clever student. Although father wanted to become an engineer, I did not want to be. I am not pass out 12th. Now the President received the Engineering Award in his hands.
There was a 14-year-old teenager, Mama who was admitted to a government hospital in Junagadh for treatment and I went to meet him with relatives. Uncle died there. It was decided to cremate him in the holy land of Junagadh. Thus the 14-year-old was not taken to the crematorium. But due to circumstances, I was also brought to the crematorium. Where soon the legs of Mama’s body turned to ashes. Then I noticed that less wood is needed to burn the legs. Curiosity saw everything. Then wherever he went for the funeral, he would tell everyone that the feet burn quickly, so put less wood there. But people do not believe it insulted me. But whenever I went to the crematorium it became my school. Was constantly learning from the burning corpses there. The crematorium had become my school.
Cremation is a sacrificial fire. Its design created an elaborate furnace design near the chest. Every organ saw which organ burns faster and over time. Where there is fatter, the organ burns faster. Where there are only bones, that part may burn at a low speed. The chest and head often burn. Ashes of human weight become ash. The burn body can be seen by opening the door.
Brought things from four industrial cities
Saw furnaces of industries in Morbi, Wankaner. He would use bricks. He went to Rajkot and brought things from the foundry. But he saw that iron also burns. They brought bricks used in the kilns of the tiles industry from Morbi. He went to his small factory and built a furnace.
Sat in the crematorium
When the cremation furnace was ready, they gave it to Keshod and they went to the crematorium in Keshod and waited for the dead body to arrive. When the dead body came, they started teaching it to burn the people.
At Junagadh crematorium
On 12-12-2017, he set up a kiln at the Sonapuri crematorium in Junagadh. Collector Rahul Gupta and Municipal Commissioner Vijay Rajput helped. Each time the lid had to be lifted from the top. Seeing this, Gupta suggested to him that it was not convenient to remove the lid from above at each funeral, fix this.
Junagadh crematorium since the month, were waiting for the dead body to come here. He started teaching people how to operate a furnace.
The furnace broke
The furnace broke in Junagadh. The furnace was ordered to be taken from there. Nobody was willing to keep that furnace. Because it required Rs 1 lakh in repair and modification. Helped by a journalist from Junagadh, the sarpanch of Bamansa village agreed to take him to his village. Where the crematorium was installed on 15 April 2019 with some modifications. Here the top cover of the furnace was modified to move from sliding. Ramesh Ojha, the narrator of the corpse, inaugurated the crematorium in Bamansa village.
Nobody died for 50 days
Arjunbhai call the sarpanch every day whether death or not. But news of the death was not received. Every year 25 people are dead in the village. But nobody died for 50 days, the body did not bring. They were waiting for a dad body. A cancer patient then died and his body was used to inaugurate a modern crematorium. His search experiment ended with a dead body.
Reciting two chapters of the Bhagavat Gita in the crematorium is a Hindu rite. The crematorium recites 15 Purushottam Yoga and 12th Bhakti Yoga. But no one speaks the text.
The fire does not go out, it does not reach the building with heat or smoke. Most cremation ceilings are broken by wood heat. This new furnace extends the life of the roof. The Gujarat government or local government has to repair the roof of the crematorium in 4-5 years. Behind this, crores of rupees are saved in the cost of repairing 10,000 cremation of Gujarat. Because the smoke or heat coming out of the furnace does not remain in the crematorium.
Arjunbhai attempts to reduce the use of time and wood are still ongoing. Those who are improving.
Inspired by Arjunbhai’s maternal uncle’s body, IIM, Anil Gupta of Ahmedabad’s SHRUSTI – creation institute, Gyan instate, Ramesh Patel, Gujarat Ecology Commission, Jeda’s assistance in Keshod, Junagadh Collector and Municipal Commissioner have helped in this project. The organization has recognized it all over the world.
Arjunbhai’s body will not be cremated in this innovation. Arjunbhai has donated his body to the hospital.
He has written to the Chief Minister, Prime Minister, GEDA, Forest Department and appealed for help. They are waiting for help. Because 2.50 lakhs can be spent only at metropolitan, district headquarters, taluka headquarters. In most villages, no one can afford that much. The GEDA organization of the government can help the most in this project of saving trees. More wood is used in GEDA kilns than in this kiln. According to villagers’ experience, 400 kg of wood is required in GEDA’s crematorium. Its design is wrong. Offers 78 from 33-inch furnaces.
Arjunbhai himself is ready to furnace for less
Arjunbhai makes a brick machine, mobile platform (bird feeder), useless plastic bottles and plates for birds and gives it to the people for free. (translated from Gujarati)
Arjunbhai’s phone number is 09904119954.