The Satta King is a ritualistic offering made by the boyhood hero of “Sadhana”, Prince Sagar (SAW) during his last moments in life. It is believed that the boy was about to die for real when he realised that what he had was no ordinary sacrifice and realised that the kingdom he had been dreaming of throughout his life was about to pass to another. He then went into a meditation to prepare himself for the great task ahead, which was to be the birth of the next King. His powers of concentration and focus were so intense that he ended up becoming the King of Sattay. But this does not mean that this was the end for Sagar, because on the contrary, he went on to establish the Satta dynasty which ruled most of Southern India for over two centuries.
The satta king is a penance or austerities performed in the presence of a priest after death. It is believed to be the final gift that God bestows on His servants when they are called away from this world. When we die, our soul returns to God and performs the task assigned to it. The satta gali represents a series of penance performed in order to atone for the sins of the human being and to atone for the life that was cut short by the sins of the former life. Since life is precious, a state is performed to atone for the wrong deeds committed in this life and to atone for the faults that he or she may have committed in the previous lives also.
The process of performing the satta starts with the offering of the red silk data to the priest who will be performing the task. This data is decorated with a skullcap and is kept hidden in the waist area. After being offered a sumptuous meal, the soul of the deceased is taken to the radio (or holy places) and is made to stand in front of the fire which represents the divine fire that is considered to be the source of life.
In the east, there is a ceremony that follows this ritual. After offering food and drink to the priest, the soul of the deceased is taken to the data (red cloth). It is here that it is remembered that this life is short and it must be spent living as good as possible. After being made to stand in front of the state, the soul is believed to cross its fingers on the forehead and to repeat a sacred word.
In Indonesia, a similar custom is followed. The body is wrapped in a red cloth and the head is covered with a skullcap. Then, it is prayed that the person be granted good health and prosperity in this life. At the end of the ceremony, the body is placed inside a small hearth and it is believed to be enveloped in flames.
In some temples, the body is cremated and the bones are buried in a secret place. However, this is not generally done. Instead, the bones are placed in a pit outside the temple and they become ashes after 24 hours. This is believed to ease the transition into higher planes of existence.