3rd of 16 sanskars - performed as a significance to give blessings to the expectant mother for a healthy development of the baby and a blissful motherhood.
Naamkaran Sanskar / Naming Ceremony
5th of 16h sanskars - ceremony to name the newly born child. Name has a lasting significance on the child's life. A thoughtful name depicting high ethics and moral values becomes a goal in itself for the child to pursue through lifetime.
Chaul (Mundan) Sanskar / First Hair Cut
8th of 16 sanskars - Mundan Sanskar is one of the most important and highly celebrated ceremony to mark child's first hair cut, shaving of the head. Scientific reason of hygiene with a ritual reason of freeing oneself from previous debts, it often symbolizes beginning of schooling.
Karnavedh Sanskar / Ear Piercing
9th of 16 sanskars - Karna = ear, Vedh = piercing. Piercing of the earlobe typicall with a clean gold or silver thread needle.
Yagnopavit Sanskar / Thread Ceremony
10th of 16 sanskars - this is the second birth, the intellectual birth of the child. Child, with the permission of parents, elders and Goddess Gayatri, accepts a janoi / janeu - three thread set, to steadfast the belief that God is always with me. It is also Vedarambha - beginning of studying Vedic scriptures.
A milestone celebrated to signify the willingness to get married shortly thereafter.
Vivah Sanskar / Wedding Ceremony
Vivah Sanskar is the 13th out of 16 sacraments of the Hindu religion. Hindu sanskars talk about life’s journey towards God, and in that, Vivah stands for the union of two people for the beginning of their karmic life together.
Satyanarayan, an absolute true form of Lord Vishnu, is attainable by a simple and innocent call with pure heart. Satyanarayan Katha is a story of 5 chapters detailing how Lord Satyanarayan helped those that called on him and worshipped him, regardless of caste, gender, wealth or age.
Vastu Pujan / New House Inauguration
Vastu pooja is performed to worship the lord of directions, five natural elements, and natural forces to remove all the negativity and flaws of construction, environment, and land.
Chopda Pujan / Book of Business Reconciliation
Chopda (journal) is a book kept to maintain the credits and debits of any business. It is an annual ceremony seeking of strength to stay honest and blessings to ever increase the credits.
House Warming Ceremony
Congratulations on buying, renting or building of the new house - a place you call home. This is a ceremony inviting friends and family seeking their blessing and well wishes as you start the new journey in this new home.
Yagna Homam / Fire
Antyeshthi Sanskar / Funeral Rituals
Last of the 16 sanskars - to perform the last rites done after the death.
Vahan Pooja / New Vehicle Ceremony
Congratulations on attaining the new vehicle that will assume the burden of safely carrying you from one place to another. This ceremony is to pray for the safety of you and all passengers traveling in this vehicle.
Lord Ganesh, remover of all obstacles, is the first God to be worshipped. Also known as the Elephant God, he is the symbol of wisdom. This yagna is performed to remove obstacles in any discipline - be it personal or professional.
Gayatri, one of the most revered goddess and whose origins can be traced back to the Vedas, is worshiped most famously by the Gayatri Mantra. This yagna is performed to attain the purity in all forms of knowledge and virtues.
Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu the Operator, is the provider of all needs - physical, metaphysical, material and spiritual.
Goddess Durga assumes the form of Shakti (power) to overpower the demon Mahisasur. Celebrated after the 9-night festival of Navratri, this is to celebrate the victory of good over evil, ending with Vijay Dashmi.
Jatakarma / Childbirth Ceremony
4th of 16 sanskars - ceremony to celerbrate the first or the physical birth of the child. (Second birth is the intellectual birth - Upanayana Sanskar.)
Nishkramana Sanskar / Baby's first visit outside
7th of 16 sanskars - marked by the milestone of baby eating solid food for the first time after baby shows first teeth.
Annaprashana / Baby's first solid food
Annaprashana, 7th of 16 Sankars, is a joyful ceremony of a baby’s first solid food. It involves family and friends on an auspicious day to officially start giving food to a baby other than the mother’s milk. It is performed six months after baby’s birth.
Samavartana / Graduation Ceremoney
Samvartana is twelfth of sixteen sanskaras, and it is situated just before Vivah Sanskar. One of the significant events of a person’s life is his transition from the student to the family phase. It is here, the proclamation of student stepping into real world is made.
Grah Shanti / 9-Planets Ceremony
Grah Shanti Pooja can be performed before any major ceremony such as marriage as yagnopavit sanskars. It is to please the 9-planets, whose positions and motions are said to be the basis of all astrology.
Lord Krushna, 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born on 8th day of Krushna Paksh (dark fortnight) of Shravan month of Lunar Hindu Calendar. This day is celebrated gloriously with remembering the deeds and teachings of Lord Krushna. Lord Krushna's birth is celebrated at 12 midnight.