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Hinduism - What Is The Ritual Significance Associated With Hair In Hinduism? What Is Chudakarana(Tonsure Ceremony)?

Head and facial hair, according to ancient Hindu conceptions of purity and impurity (ashaucha), trap and maintain ritual impurities.

In most situations, this impurity is simply washed away with flowing water, just like the rest of the body.

Men will often complete their time of impurity by shaving both their heads and beards in circumstances of especially violent impurity, such as that associated with death (maranashaucha).

They may also get their nails trimmed, indicating a belief that any non-essential elements of the body should be eliminated in order to eliminate any remaining impurities.

The chudakarana, or tonsure ceremony, which marks the ceremonial end of infancy and removes any residual impurities left over after delivery, also involves shaving the head.

Men are normally the ones who shave their heads in adulthood; women usually provide a symbolic strand of hair as a sign for the entire, however women may have their heads shaved to fulfill a religious commitment.

Shaving the head is rather frequent, but shaving the body hair is not—the Sanskrit language has separate terminology for these two forms of hair, and they are regarded to be completely different entities. 

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Hinduism - What Is Chudakarana?


Chudakarana (“tonsure”) is a Samskara. It is the eighth and last ceremony in the traditional life cycle (samskaras). 

The hair on the child's head is shaved off in the chudakarana samskara, but a tuft of hair (chuda) is often left. 

This is the final of the childhood samskaras, and it is still done in contemporary India, especially by brahmin households, to commemorate the ceremonial end of childhood. 

This ritual is typically done when the child's age is an odd number, although it is sometimes performed when the child's age is an even number (most commonly at one, three, or five years old). 

  • Because most Indian infants are born with hair, which is thought to retain pollutants, the chudakarana is seen as a purification ritual in which the remainder of the impurities from delivery are removed. 
  • This cut-off hair is seen to maintain a strong link with the kid, as it is in many other cultures. 
  • Traditional belief says that if this hair falls into the wrong hands, it may be used to perform black magic on the kid. 
  • Because of this, the hair is typically carefully collected and disposed of, most often by running water.