Ganapati

Samskar

Annapraashan (initial Food intake) is the seventh samskara wherein the child eats food for the first time. The food is to be fed with the help of Golden /Silver spoon.

Choodakarma is the eighth samskara in which hair of the infant is shaved off for the first time. Normally it is done when the child is 27 months old. It is a big ceremony in Hindus.

Upanayana (Thread Ceremony), the ninth samskara marks the beginning of “Gurukul Vrat” and ‘Bhramacharya' . This samskara is done to purify the soul of the child and it enhances the grasping power and the intellect of the child. During the samskara the child pledges to live life in a particular way (as per Gurus instructions) and adhere to all kinds of hardship without complaining.

Upanayana in Sanskrit means bringing the pupil to the Guru (Upa means pupil and here Nayana means to bring) for acquiring knowledge and to follow the course.

According to Vedas and Shastras this period of life is meant for acquiring knowledge and is called Adhyayan (means acquiring knowledge). The period is 12 years long. It has to be followed with some rules and regulations. During his life in Gurukul (the place / ashram where pupil stays with his Guru) it is customary to perform daily rituals like Sandhya Agni karya, Brahmayagnya , and etc.

The pupil is expected to focus on studies without enjoying any materialistic ecstasy. He must dedicate himself towards studies, acquire knowledge and religiously obey and follow his Guru.

Once the disciple has acquired and mastered his knowledge (Adhyayan) four concluding samskara like Mahanamni Vrat, Mahavrata, UpanishadVrata, and Keshant Samskara is to be performed.

Godaan (donating cow as rituals toward fees) this is the fourteenth samskara that is meant for paying fees to the guru (teacher)— Gurudakshina (tuition fees), from whom the pupil has learnt over the years. As a custom the pupil in earlier days would donate Cow as cow is considered as sacred animal in India. This ends the “Gurukul Vrat”

Samaavartana is the fifteenth samskara that ends the ‘Bhramacharya' and the pupil is free from all his pledge undertaken during Upanayana . Now he is a grown young man and has to choose his way towards life amongst Pravruti (Married life) and Nivruti (Sanyaas). Once he decides his way towards leading his life he seeks Guru' s consent for his choice of life and is accordingly blessed by his guru.

Vivaha (Marriage) is the last, sixteenth Samskara wherein one decides to marry a girl / boy of his/ her choice. Marriage is always a big ceremony across the world. Only the customs are different. In India traditionally marriage takes place in presence of the entire community along with Special Yagnya . The groom and the bride pledge to be honest and loyal to each other. The mantra influence ones marital life and enhances their mutual love. It also blesses the married couple by showering upon all the pleasures and brings prosperity.