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Query from: Sudhakar, Green Bay, 11/09/06
Topic: SPIRITUALITY      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: Details on Punyahavachanam

Soon we are going to have baby in our house. My wife is due by Nov 29th. I have come to know that it is a custom to perfrom Punyahavachanam in house after baby birth. Could anybody please tell me what is the procedure, and where can I download the text for that procedure. Can I download audio for the same from the web. Thanks in advance. -Sudhakar

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Sudhakar,

Please see this link for Punyavachanam Slokas

http://www.slokas.com/slokas/vedicr…

You can also see this link

http://www.mypurohith.com/Rituals/C…

The Telugu people, for example, have a ceremony on the eleventh day called punyavachanam. The ceremony, as the name suggests is literally a cleansing ceremony. A thread dipped in turmeric is tied around the waist of the child and to it is fastened a gold amulet. This amulet contains a piece of the umbilical cord and is believed to sustain the link between mother and child. This symbolic link to the mother is believed to protect the child.

The child is then made to sleep on a moram (a straw tray used for cleaning rice) This is reminiscent of the baby Krishna who was carried in a moram to his foster parents.

While these are general ceremonies of purification and prayer, many little occasions are celebrated during the first year.

One of the most important of these is the first outing of the mother and child. In early times they were confined indoors probably as a protection from dust, heat and infection.

While today, the ceremony is limited to a visit to a temple, in ancient times it was far more elaborate. The courtyard of the house was decorated and the family deity worshipped. After auspicious verses were recited and the Gods propitiated, the child was brought out to the sound of a conch and the recital of vedic hymns. The child was carried by the father and made to look at the sun.

He recited the following prayer — “Whether the child is conscious or unconscious, whether it is day or night, let all the Gods led by Indra protect the child.” Known as the niskarmana or first outing, it was usually performed in the third of fourth month. It implies the need for the child to be taken out in the open from this time on and is also believed to impress on the child the grandeur of the universe.

Perhaps the first achievement of a child is when it starts to focus. The child usually finds its hands a source of great joy and starts gazing at them clenching and opening its tiny fists.

The Tamil community makes a sweet preparation called kozhakattai at the time. This is prepare by clenching it in the hands to shape it — an action reflecting the child’s own. In Andhra, a sweet preparation of rice flour and jaggery called mudha kudumulu is made and given to relatives with the child’s own hand – a celebration of its ability to grasp.

Other achievements such as the ability to make a sound or the ability to roll over are celebrated by the preparation of typical sweets. When the child crosses the threshold of the house for the first time, a coconut is broken in many communities.

Perhaps the most important milestone in the first year of the child’s life is the introduction to solid food. Known as the Anna prasanam the food is prepared with care and is first consecrated by offering it to the family deity. In some cases parents take the child to a temple to perform this ceremony. The Guruvayoor temple in Kerala is a well known location for this ceremony.

The first few months of a child’s life are thus a series of celebrations each acknowledging the movement of the child from one stage of development to the other.

This phase culminates in a grand celebration of the child’s first birthday – a matter of importance in most Indian communities, and marked by various rituals and functions.

Thus the ceremonies and growth go hand in hand in a celebration of life and development through the first year of the child.

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Response from: PR Ramachander,   
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The entire procedure with audio is available in www.kandamangalam.com… .P.R.Ramachander

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Response from: somayajulu sistla bhavani,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Dear Sudhakar, Punyavachanam, is the process of purification.Once the delivery takes place, the puriti sudhhi is done on 11th day. Then the punyavachanam is recited by the priest for complete purification. It is better that u may contact ur purohit for further advise on the matter.u may not find the Punyavachanam on the net. with best wishes

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Response from: Pandit R DAKSHINA MOORTHI,   
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Dear member:

Punyaahavachanam is performed on the 11th or 16th day of child birth as per family traditions.

The procedure is for restoration of ritual purity for the child's parents and close relatives (removal of janam aasoucham). The mother, the child and the father should take bath in water mixed with Gangaajal or water from any sacred river/ temple tank early in the morning. Then kalasam should be erected and "Pavamaana Sooktham" has to be chanted after the usual mahaa ganapathy pooja on Turmeric Vinaayaka. At the end of the Pavamaana sooktham recital, the baby and the close relatives should be sprinkled with the Holy Water. The whole house should also be sprinkled with Holy water and Panchagavyam (cows ghee, milk, curd, urine, and cowdung in proper proportions). The baby's mother and close relatives should also consume the panchagavyam for ritual purifications. Then phala daanam is given to those who have assembled.....in this paddy is given along with a token amount (say 1 rupee) to all those outsiders (including the priests) who are there for the welfare of the child. Then cradling and Naamakaranam (naming ceremony) are done on the same day at an auspicious moment.

It is better to have it done with proper priests. Of course, if you are not able to get one you may do it yourself.

Blessed be.

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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In Hindu religion, the birth of a child is considered an event which requires quarantining for a few days. In the earlier days, the birth of a child was a hazardous affair. It introduced the possibilities of infection for all concerned. So on the eleventh day after birth, the mother and child were bathed in the waters of the Ganga and were thus sanctified. As the Vishnu Sahasranama says “Shareere Jarjaree Bhoote, Vyadhigraste Kalebare – Aushadham Jahnavee thoyam, Vaidyo Narayano Harih”. Meaning the ultimate physician is Lord Vishnu and the ultimate medicine is the water of the Ganga. Also, the child and mother, as also the close family members of the family were considered impure, and not fit to perform their religious functions as specified in the scriptures till they were purified. Child mortality rates being what they were in those days, a child wasn’t even considered viable till eleven days had passed. Those crucial eleven days passed uneventfully yesterday and certain ceremonies were performed. The Naamakaranam, where the child is given her name

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Response from: S.Rathinam Subramanian,   
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With reference to your mail kindly following this proceture

1. Punyahavaachanam Usually there is a "PunyahaVaachanam" a ritual to purify things. In this there are prayers in praise of lord varuna, the god of water(rain). Then the holy water is sprinkled reciting mantras which purifies things. There are many powerful mantras in this and it is a tradition of some sect to sprinkle the holy water with “Agamarshna sooktha” and the Kshya roga nivarana Mantras like “Akshibyam” etc. This signifies purification and it is performed in almost all the rituals at many places.

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Response from: C. Raj, United Kingdom,   
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Sudhakar,

Congrats!!

Visit this website of Mahaganapati temple in Arizona, Give them a call and they should be able to advice the process of performing Punyahavachanam.

http://www.mahaganapati.org/website…

ALl the best!!

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Response from: Adraya Subramaniyan,   
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Punyahavachanam is just spritual ritual done to the Mother & Child. Till 10th day of the birth the mother & child will be kept isolated and on the 10th day the mother & child will be taking bath which will contain ganga water drops,Cow's Urine drops (Komeyam),Turmeric Powder, Dasanga Powder (called PanchaKavya) . Then they will be taken into house which means the negative impacts (Theetu) nullified . Few will do the naming cermoney on the same day. It depends upon our elders practive in our customs. Contact for ritual part to this site http://www.lifcobooks.com…

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Response from: Mural T R S ,   
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Dear sudhakar,

The Telugu people, for example, have a ceremony on the eleventh day called punyavachanam. The ceremony, as the name suggests is literally a cleansing ceremony. A thread dipped in turmeric is tied around the waist of the child and to it is fastened a gold amulet. This amulet contains a piece of the umbilical cord and is believed to sustain the link between mother and child. This symbolic link to the mother is believed to protect the child. The child is then made to sleep on a moram (a straw tray used for cleaning rice) This is reminiscent of the baby Krishna who was carried in a moram to his foster parents. According to the traditions of some communities, the ninth day is considered auspicious and certain ceremonies are performed. The mother and child are given an auspicious bath. Seven vessels of clay or bronze are filled with food. These vessels represent seven deities. Seven women are also present to represent these deities. After the food is sanctified, the midwife lights a torch of birch bark and waves it over the mother and child. While these are general ceremonies of purification and prayer, many little occasions are celebrated during the first year. One of the most important of these is the first outing of the mother and child. In early times they were confined indoors probably as a protection from dust, heat and infection. While today, the ceremony is limited to a visit to a temple, in ancient times it was far more elaborate. The courtyard of the house was decorated and the family deity worshipped. After auspicious verses were recited and the Gods propitiated, the child was brought out to the sound of a conch and the recital of vedic hymns. The child was carried by the father and made to look at the sun.

http://www.mypurohith.com/Rituals/C…

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Response from: Hari Rama,   
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hi,

You can contact the priest nearest your place. He can do do the japa and give the water to sprinkle all over your house. http://www.mantraonnet.com/shopping…

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