NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- The ashes of George Harrison, long a devotee of India's Hindu faith, were to be sprinkled in the holy Ganges River, religious authorities said Monday.
Harrison's widow, Olivia, and his 23-year-old son, Dhani, would be accompanied by two Hare Krishna devotees who performed Hindu rites on Harrison's ashes with the family in London, said Maha Mantra Das, New Delhi spokesman for the International Society of Krishna Consciousness.
The ashes were scheduled to arrive in India on Monday and be scattered in the Ganges River in the northern city of Varnasi, Das said. The ashes would also be sprinkled off Allahabad, where Hindu's three holiest rivers -- the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati -- converge.
His widow asked fans for a minute of meditation as a tribute to the musician. Britain's Press Association reported that Harrison's family was to scatter his ashes in India to coincide with that minute, which would take place 3 a.m. Tuesday in India.
Das said that this was likely.
"Early morning is a very auspicious time for Hindus," he said.
Harrison, 58, died of cancer in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Britain's Press Association reported Harrison was cremated only hours after losing his long battle against cancer and that his widow and son left for India with his ashes.
Harrison had a long, intensely intimate relationship with Indian mysticism and music.
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