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Query from: Shyam Sundar, United States of America, 08/13/06
Topic: RELIGION      Submitted on:
Subject: Seemantham

Dear Amma, What are the materials needed for a valaikappu/Seemantham for a tamil Iyer girl? Thank You Shyam

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Response from: Kishore H.K.,   
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Dear Shyam Sundar,

The following are the list of things that are required for Seemantham. I am giving the dtails of seemantham for any girl.

Item Quantity (Turmeric Powder) Kumkum Sandal Paste Flowers & Leaves Garlands * 2 Coconuts 5 Camphor Agarbatti (Incense Sticks) Fruits Variety Rice Ghee Havan Samagri 3 Aluminium Foil Trays Wooden Spoons 2 Fire Logs or Wood Logs Navadhanyam (9 Lentils) Kalasam Kalasa Vastra 9 Color Cloth Pieces Lemons 10 Towel 1 Prasadam Boha Kumura Country sugar Rock Candy & Dry Fruits Dry Dates Dry Coconuts Match Boxes 2 Paper Napkins 1 Roll Plates * 6 Trays * 6 Small Cups * 6 Bricks * 4 Wicks & Oil Lamps * 2 Deepa Harati * Swami Pictures * Betel Leaves Betel Nuts

For more information in t5his regard please contact (718) 460 8484

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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u see in the following links:……………

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Please see these links for Materials for Seemantham…………

You can also see this link for Online Seemantham Text…

You can also see this link…

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This ceremony is performed during the odd months of pregnancy mostly during the seventh month for the expectant mother in her mother's house.

Prayers are invoked for the well-being of the mother-to -be and the foetus.

The expectant mother is made to wear a lot of bangles mostly glass ones of red and green colors and the sound of these bangles are supposed to reach the womb. The bangles are removed only during delivery and given to the midwife at the birth of a child.

Arti is performed. The mother of the girl presents her silk saris and gold and silver bangles. The invitees give gifts for the mother-to -be and they are given a feast.

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Response from: sssss aaaaaaa,   
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Usually the Sastrigal knows about this he knows everything and you can trust him to give the correct lits of things he needs for making the seemantham.

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Response from: lakshmi g,   
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Hi Ammas, customs vary from region to region. i will try to answer this question to the best of my knowledge. the mother of the expecting mother gives 1 gold or silver thin kadiyam(bracelet) plain to the girl, mother-in-law gives deepam stand(light stand), green color silk saree is preferred to wear for the function, red color is preferred after delivery. the bangles should be 8 numbers to one hand and 9 numbers to another. any number of fruits and flowers can be given to the girl but the minimum number should be 5. that is 5 varieties of fruits and each variety should be 5 like that. 5 varieties of rice preparations: Eg: 1.paramaannam or ksheeraannam, 2. chakkera pongali,3. puligore,4. vangibath,5. bisibelabath(sambar annam),6. dadhojanam(curd rice)etc. and MURUKULU which were made by hand r comlulsory. The most important thing after all these is to play veena. it is the belief that the sound comes out of the strings of veena will increase the IQ of the baby. one can play a record also. above all these the blessings of AMMAS to the expecting mother will definitely give her an healthy baby. thanku.

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Response from: Anand V,   
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Check with the priest who is performing the Pooja - he will guide you appropriately.

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Response from: bharati.s mudaliar,   
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you need :a new silk sareemostly green or any colour as per your family tradition,a pair of kuthuvillaku, a silver bowl of sandal wood paste,aplate of thamboolam(betel leaf, betel nuts, turmeric sticks,flowers and bananas)a paneer shombu, an odd number of plates each filled with items such as coconut,dry fruits,traditional sweets (somasu,murruku etc)a plate of glass bangles,and a plate with turmeric dissolved water for removing evil eye (dhristi)

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Response from: Pratima Sriman,   
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Hi Shyam Sundar,

Celebrating a Woman’s First Pregnancy in Tamil Nadu:

In Tamil Nadu, the Seemantham ceremony marks a woman’s passage into motherhood and celebrates her fertility. Seemantham is a ritual performed widely throughout Tamil Nadu by Hindus, Muslims, and Christians in preparation for a woman’s first delivery, and its primary functions are to satisfy the pregnant woman’s acai (“desire, craving, passion”), bless her, and ensure a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Seemantham, young women and their families continue to perform the Seemantham because it is tradition, and not doing so could hurt a family’s prestige. Seemantham is also seen as a symbol of legitimacy of the marital union, a means to legitimize love marriages and resolve any familial conflict they incite.


This ceremony is performed during the odd months of pregnancy mostly during the seventh month for the expectant mother in her mother's house. Prayers are invoked for the well-being of the mother-to -be and the foetus. Mostly women are invited for this function and priests are not involved.

Seemantham is to be performed in the 4th month of pregnancy, but after "Pumsavanam". If this is not possible, it may be done in the 6th, or 7th month. Manthrams are intended to purify the foetus and to request Brahmavu, Agni, Ragadevi, Vishnu, Soman and Gangadevi to protect it, to make the delivery smooth and to make the son intelligent. It takes about one hour. Saamavedi Namboothiris perform Seemantham only for the first child.

A ceremony called 'Valaikauppu' is held in the fifth or seventh month of pregnancy, when the pregnant woman is presented with new sets of bangles. Her mother-in-law or sister-in-law leads her to the temple and to a bangle shop where she selects the bangles of her choice. Some families arrange to get the bangle-seller to their houses and the purchase of the bangles is a part of the ritual. She seeks blessing of elderly men and women after putting on the bangles.

During the sixth or eighth month of pregnancy, a ceremony called 'Seemantham', a sacrificial fire is lit and the husband and his wife pray jointly for the gift of child and for safe delivery by circumbulating the fire. The woman prays that she may beget a son in her first pregnancy, possibly to prevent the husband or his mother nursing a grievance if a girl is born.

Seemantham is performed during the period between the fifth and the eighth months of pregnancy. The specific materials used during this Samskara, that are for the lady only, are, the quill of a porcupine, an ear of ripe paddy and some Udumbara leaves. Manthrams are intended to purify the foetus and to request Brahma, Agni, Raga (Rika), Vishnu, Soman and Ganga to protect it, to make the delivery smooth and to make the son intelligent. The main deity invoked is Raga or Rika, the presiding deity of the full-moon. The implications of the manthrams are: that the pregnancy should be fruitful; the child should be endowed with sharp and penetrating intellect (like the sharp quill of the porcupine). The child should be beautiful like the full-moon. The gist of the main mantra is: "I beseech the goddess Raga(Rika). May she make this ceremony blameless. May my son be endowed with sharp intellect."In some regions music is added. Also sometimes the ladies are asked to sing: "Be a mother of heroic sons" thus creating a heroic atmosphere. The mother fasts and keeps silent after the ceremony till night time when the stars become visible. At the close of the ceremony she touches a male calf, symbolizing a son. At the time of pregnancy this is performed for the health and wealth of baby and also for normal delivery.…


Turmeric powder 1/2 Lbs,Kumkum 1 Packet,Sandal wood Paste / powder 1 Packet,Agarbathi ( Incense Stick ) 1 Packet,Camphor 1 Packet,Betel leaves and Nuts 15 + 15,Flowers 4 bunches,Fruits 12 Banana and 5 Variety of fruits,Coconut 4,Rice 5 Lbs,Kalasa vasthram 1 (red or green blouse piece),Ghee 4 Lbs,Sugar candy (Kalakanda) 1 Packet,Coins (Quarters) 40,Naivedyam Kesari or Devoteees choice,Paruppu Thenga 1 Set ( 2 ),Flower Garland 2,New dress 1 ,Fire Log 1 Packet,Aluminium Tray 2 Trays,Alamuttu…

Turmeric powder ¼ lb,Kumkum 1 pkt,Sandalwood paste/powder 1 pkt,Camphor 1 pkt, Incense Sticks 1 pkt. Flowers some,Fruits 12 Bananas & any other fruit Coconuts 4,Rice 4 lbs, Betel leaves & nuts 4 leaves plus 2 nuts,Milk 1 carton,Honey 1 small bottle,Ghee 1 lb,Coins 20 Fire log or fire starter Towel or Fabric for Kalasam 1 towels or 2 yds. fabric Flower garlands 2 ,Plain cooked rice 1 Cup

* A new sari is optional for the expectant mother.

You can check the materials from the links given below……

You can check the liks given belo abt SEEMANTHAM.…………… audio,read…


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Response from: Adraya Subramaniyan,   
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The Term "VALAI KAPPU" split into "VALAI"+"KAPPU" which means and includes as "VALAI" means NET or Womb & KAPPU means protection. The real term of VALAI KAPPU is as said above keeping the baby in the womb with divine vibration. If you gothrough the HISTORY (not story ) of Mahabarath (Because it happened one) you may find "ABHIMANYU" 's learning in the womb. You may come across the birth of KARNA . (Nothing but cloning)

The reason why i took from mahabarath is to tell you that the baby in the womb should be kept with divine thoughts. because it knows where is it and what it will do after birth. once born the memories will get cut off to plough in the life land.

So the rites under sanskrit chanted by purohit is also needed. i read the other fellow well wishers told about the rituals to be done. but they have insisted about the relatives/friends presence and talked about valayal(Bangle celebrations). our 18 sidha purashars (pathi nenmar (eighteen rishis)) numbers, they have written many poems to uplift the spritual authorities.

So Valai means bangales if you take second la. if you take first la (Tamil letter) it means net or womb. So we are taking care of the baby at womb till ten months to give birth of a child.

Normally we after birth try to educate (in this competative world) only academically and settle his/her life with suffiecent monetory earning job or business for his/her survival and for us also. Meanwile we teach some slogas to chant for few seconds infront of man drawn photos as god and let him/her off. Do you think birth of a baby only to mean that?

I request you to keep your mind vibrating (chanting any of Gayathri/Namashivaya/OOM namonarayana) minimum 1000 times everyday till delivery.

Please try to help poor pregnet ladies (most of indian poor pregnat ladies are malnutitrions only) by providing them some tonics/medicines through your known people. it is strain in this world to find out but do it to better spritual life of you and your family.

Please try to take care of poor pregnat lady's delivery expenses.

Please try to distribute sarees on the day of valai kappu to poors especially in fron of some ancients temples like Thanjavoore,Chennai Kapali. Because our Nayanmars visited those places and chanted there. Even after some thousands of years the vibrations of Nayanmars are there to dilute our sins.

if not possible now you pray by heart and when you have possiblilty to visit temple you try to do the above said dhanams. Still that you knot in new white cloth wetted in Turmaric water one ruppee coin and drop in hundi when you vist to temple to have easy delivery.

Thayumanavar, Karbarakshambika are more appropriate God/Godess to think and pray to get delivery without any trouble.

i pray my lord Agasthiswara to help you to get divine baby.

adhrya subramaniyan

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hi, For valaikappu you need saree and blouse, bangales for the pregnant lady. Bangles for the ladies and children to give,


Name Quantity Turmeric powder 1/2 Lbs Kumkum 1 Packet Sandal wood Paste / powder 1 Packet Agarbathi ( Incense Stick ) 1 Packet Camphor 1 Packet Betel leaves and Nuts 15 + 15 Flowers 4 bunches Fruits 12 Banana and 5 Variety of fruits Coconut 4 Rice 5 Lbs Kalasa vasthram 1 (red or green blouse piece) Ghee 4 Lbs Sugar candy (Kalakanda) 1 Packet Coins (Quarters) 40 Naivedyam Kesari or Devoteees choice Paruppu Thenga 1 Set ( 2 ) Flower Garland 2 New dress 1 Fire Log 1 Packet Aluminium Tray 2 Trays Alamuttu…

for more information check this site out…

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Response from: Nataraja Sastrigal,   
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bangles for the girl one hand wilth 21 other hand 22.and for married women each 4 or 6 and for kanya 4 or 6. for the function you should arrange turmeric sandal paste flowers betalnut leaves flowergarlend for the girl parupputhengai one jodi(cahewnut or laddu)saaree wilthblouse for the girl and thangakappu and vellikappu.for seemantham sareewith blouse and veshti and angavasthram for the husband and five bashanams and all items inthe above list except bangles.athhimottu and allammottu wiht milk for mooku pizithal for the shoud be done by the husband to pour the milk in the nose of the wife little drops.five kanya hit the atthilmokkuaand allamottu wth the milk inthe ural and it should be tide in the seemantha saree and it shoud be drop iln the nose of the wife by the husband

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