Hinduism teaches that god is within each being in the universe, and that the purpose of life is to realize that divine essence. As such, when the physical body dies, Hindu practitioners believe that the soul is passed onto another being or object via reincarnation. Or, if the soul has realized divine essence, it will be transfused with Brahma, the Hindu god of creation.
It is customary in Hindu ritual for the deceased to remain at the home until cremation can take place. Traditionally, cremation should take place within 24 hours after the death. The cremated remains are then usually scattered over a body of water or at a special location.