Why are specific sanskars performed after birth of a child?
To eliminate the defects in the foetus arising from intake of liquor (amniotic fluid) and to liberate the father who has glanced at the son’s face, from the three debts (to the ancestors, to the Sages and to the Deities) as well as the debt to society. When in the womb the liquor enters the foetus through the mouth. Since intake of liquor is forbidden, partaking it is considered to be a sin. Click here to read more.
- 1. Jātkarma [Janmavidhi (The rite at birth)]
- 2. Nāmkarana (The naming ceremony)
- 3. Nishkraman (The rite of taking the child out of the house)
- 4. Annaprashan (Partaking of the first solid feed)
- 5. Choul-karma [Chudakarma (The rite of keeping a small portion of hair on the front of the head)]
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