Godse’s Ashes Not Released in River Till Date: Fact Check

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Godse's Ashes Not Released in River Till Date


Nathuram Godse Ji’s Ashes have not been released in the River till date.
He had said to his family as his last wish that his ashes should be kept till the Indus River was absorbed into independent India and again the unbroken India would be created. After this dream is completed, my ashes should be flown in the river Indus.

Fact Check:

Picture messages in circulation online claim to show Nathuram Godse’s Ashes have not been released in a river till date. They say Godse’s last wish to his family was to do it when Indus River is absorbed again into united India, after the dream is fulfilled. The claims as such are mixture of hoax and facts explained here.

Godse’s Ashes Not Immersed in River?

A January 2015 article on The Indian Express website retracing Nathuram Godse’s journey mentions a silver urn holding the ashes of Nathuram Godse preserved in a glass dome. Apart from Godse’s ashes urn, some of his clothes and hand-written notes are also kept in a room in Shivaji Nagar, Pune, housing a real estate firm owned by Godse’s grandnephew Ajinkya Godse. His father Nana Godse, i.e. son of Gopal Godse, the brother of Nathuram says, “The ashes will be immersed in the Sindhu River (Indus) only when his dream of Akhand Bharat (undivided India) is fulfilled.”

The family members of Nathuram Godse say they’ll immerse his ashes in Indus River the day India is reunited. That is when Sindhu River flows under Indian flag. In his will before death, Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse asked his family not to perform his last rites until India is united with Pakistan again. The urn in which Godse lives in his ashes is brought out every year on November 15 for a ceremony organized by the Godses.

Hanging and Cremation of Nathuram Godse

Godse’s hanging took place inside Ambala Jail on 15th November 1949 for the assassination of Gandhi. His co-conspirator Narayan Apte was also hanged along with him. Although people called him a Hindu fanatic, Godse never spoke ill about Gandhi as a person. He only attacked Gandhi’s policies causing ruin and untold misery to Hindus.

Even before hanging, Godse shouted every few seconds the slogan ‘Akhand Bharat’ (undivided India). His co-conspirator Narayan Apte proclaimed ‘Amar Rahe’ (live forever). After they died, officials secretly followed up with their cremation and disposal of ashes. However, a Hindu Mahasabha volunteer reportedly salvaged Godse’s ashes from the banks of the Ghaggar River. He sent them to the Godse family through LV Paranjape in Nashik. So, Godse’s ashes preserved in the urn inside a glass dome are passing on to his future generations. They are hoping for united India again to fulfill Godse’s last wish, immersing his ashes in Sindhu River then.

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.

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Prashanth Damarla