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Sanskar is a set of sacraments, sacrifices, and ceremonies that act as rites of passage and mark the many stages of human existence, according to Sanatan dharma.


On the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth day, this Sanskar is conducted with Mantra recitation. After completing this Sanskar, the child is given a name based on the 27 Nakshatras and the moon's position at the moment of birth. The first letter of the child's name is derived from the Hora Shatra and given to him or her in accordance with the planetary position at the time of birth.


On the sixth month, when the child is given solid food (anna) for the first time, this sanskar is performed. Mantras are recited and various deities are offered oblations. If the parents desire nourishment, holy luster, swiftness, or brightness, sweet porridge or rice pudding can be offered to the infant. While reciting Prasad Mantras, one of them is offered to the infant with curd, honey, and ghee.


This Sanskar marks the first time a child's hair has been cut. After reaching the age of one year, the ceremony will be held on an auspicious day. This ceremony is held to promote the growth of power, better understanding, and longevity. The hair must be disposed of in sacred places where no one will be able to find it. Recitation of mantras for a child's long and healthy life


The ceremony of wearing the sacred thread known as Yajnopaveetam is known as Upanayana. The sacred thread Yajnopaveetam is ceremoniously worn when a male child reaches the age of five. This Sanskar is the child's second birth – This is a spiritual birth. Following that, the youngster is given permission to execute all ceremonies. Studies of Vedas begins with the Guru. Puja, Havan, Shiksha, Bhiksha, Diksha, and Blessings are the six sections of the ceremony. It is taking the child to the teacher for initiation of formal education.


The second Ashram is entered through this sanskar. The beginning of one's life as a family. Vedic Hindu marriage is seen as sacramental, with one wife and one husband committing to each other for the rest of their lives. It is the strongest tie that can exist between a man and a woman, and it occurs in front of their parents, relatives, and friends. Hand in hand, the bride and groom stroll through Agni. The bride sacrifices grains in the fire and chants mantras.


The ceremonies related with funerals are known as Antyeshti (literally, last rites), or Antim-Sanskar. When death is imminent, a little piece of gold, tulsi leaf, and a few drops of Ganga water are placed in mouth of the person on death bed. The body is positioned on the ground with the head facing north. The eldest son usually administers the last rites, followed by a purifying bath while mantras are chanted. The body is cleaned, scented, then wrapped in a fresh white linen with flowers. Food is not prepared at home for ten days after a death, and relatives and friends are responsible for obtaining food for the family.

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