Hindu Samskaras (Sacraments)

Introduction The Samskāra are a series of Sacraments, Sacrifices and Rituals that serve as rites of passage and mark the various stages of the Human…

Garbhadaana

Garbhadhana (IAST: Garbhādhāna) (literally, gifting the womb), is the act of conception. This is the first sacrament which followed immediately on every marimonial union. There…

Pumsavana

After the conception was ascertained, the child in the womb was consecrated by the Samskra named Pumsavana. By Pumsavana was generally understood “that rite through…

Simantonayana

The Sĭmantonnayana (Hair parting).  The third Samskara of the embryo was Samantonnayana. That rite was called Samanta, in which the hairs of pregnant woman were…

Jatakarman

The Jatakarma ceremony was performed before the serving of the navel cord. This seems to have been the original time, but later writers state that…

Namakarana

Ever since men evolved a language, they have tried to give names to things of daily use in their life. Not only humans, gods also…

Nishkramana

Nishkramana (IAST: Niskrāmana) (literally, first outing) is taking the child for the first time outside the house. The child is usually taken out into the…

Annaprashana

The Annaprsana (The First Feeding Ceremony) The important stage in the life of the child is first feeding. It was fed on the mother’s milk.…

Chudakarana

The purpose of the Samskra as given in the scripture was the achievement of long life for the recipient. Life is prolonged by tonsure; without…

Karnavedha

Karnavedha (IAST: Karṇavedha) (literally, ear-piercing) is piercing the ears. This is done with a particular thorn. Butter is applied to the wound. It is applicable…