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Hinduism - What Is Karnavedha Samskara?

 

"Karnavedha" means "ear-piercing" in Sanskrit.

Karnavedha Samskara is the ninth of sixteen traditional life cycle rites (samskaras) involving the piercing of an infant's ears.

This ritual was performed for both ornamental and defensive objectives.

Piercing the ears, according to Sushruta, author of one of India's earliest medical writings, protected children against certain illnesses.

Although most young girls nowadays have pierced ears, it is far less prevalent for guys, indicating that decoration has taken priority over safety. 


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Hinduism - What Are The Jatakarma Samskaras?

 

The fourth of the traditional life-cycle rites is Jatakarma Samskara (samskaras).

The first three were to be done before and throughout pregnancy, with the jatakarma samskara to be done just after the baby was born.

The most notable aspects of this ritual were reciting the word "vak" ("speech," a synonym for Saraswati) into the kid's ear and giving the child honey, ghee, and other delicacies thought to bring good luck to the child.

Although there are numerous other ceremonies associated with birth that are designed to safeguard the mother and child and to fire the child's potential, this samskara is seldom performed in contemporary times.

 


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