| Several Hindu
samskars or scripture based rites are associated with birth of a child.
Garbhadana (conception) :
or fervent prayer for a child in order to fulfill the parental obligation to continue the
Punsavana (fetus protection) :
the third or fourth month of pregnancy and prior to consciousness of fetus, to invoke
divine qualities in the child.
Simantonnayana (satisfying the craving of the
pregnant mother) : similar to baby shower, performed during the seventh month of
pregnency, prayers offered for to God for healthy physical and mental growth of a child
Jatakarma (child birth) : welcomes the child into
the family; mantras are recited for a healthy and long life. Samskar is performed to
create a pleasant atmosphere for both the newly born child and mother.
Namakarna (Naming the child) :
"Naming" according to
scriptural procedures Nishkarmana (taking the child outdoors for the first time)
performed four months after birth.
Annaprasana (giving the child first solid
food): Performed in the seventh or eight month after birth. There are detail instruction
regarding what food to give etc., in scriptures (Grihyasutra)
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