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Seemantham

This 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. The deity invoked is Rika, the presiding deity of the full-moon. Their implications 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 Mantra is: "I beseech the goddess Raka. May she make this ceremony blameless. May my son be endowed with sharp intellect." Music, especially on the veena, is indicated to be played on this occasion. This increases the mothers suckling power besides conferring other psychological benefits. 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 to born Baby and also for normal delivery. Udakasanti List


Required Materials:

#NameQuantity
1Turmeric powder1/4 Lb
2Kumkum1 Packet
3Sandalwoodpaste/Powder1 Packet
4Agarabathi /Incense sticks1 Packet
5Camphor1 Packet
6Betel Leaves and Nuts15 + 15
7Flowers4 bunches
8Fruits12 Banana and 5 Varietys of fruits
9Coconuts4
10Kalasa Vasthram1Towel or 2 Yds cloth
11Ghee1 lb
12Coins (Quarters)20
13Sugar candy (Kalakanda)1 Packet
14NaivedyamDevoteees choice
15Rice5 Lbs
16Paruppu Thenga1 Set ( 2 )
17Flower Garland2
18New dress for muhurtham1
19Aalamoggu (can be bought if someoneis coming from India)2

Other Puja Materials from Home:

  • Deepam ( Lamp ), Oil, Match Box, Cotton Wicks
  • Kalasam, Panchapatra and Uddharini,Small trays 2 nos.
  • Big Trays 2 nos.,Small Cups 5 nos.
  • Asirvada New Dresses, Blankets 2 Nos. (For guest Seating)
  • Paper Napkins and Paper Plates (sufficient quantities)