Hindu Traditions for Newborns

In the Hindu culture, the birth of a baby brings forth a wide range of traditions. Here are some of them...

Godh Bharai


7 months pregnant

Prior to the baby's birth, a prayer is recited in honor of fulfilling the parental duty. In Hindi, godh bharai literally means to 'fill the lap' with abundance. Also known as "Khodo Bharavo," "Valaikappu" and "Seemantham" in other Indian languages. Just as a "baby shower" celebrates the impending arrival of a baby in western cultures, the Hindu version involves a small religious ritual and a variety of games and treats to bless the mom-to-be.



6 days after birth

When the baby is brought home from the hospital, a puja is performed in honor the baby's future, honoring a story of Vidhaata, the Goddess of Destiny.



11 days after birth

Traditionally, this is when the baby is officially named, based on their on rashi, or astrology (as per the lunar calendar).


Black Beaded Jewelry

During the first year

Meant to ward off the "evil eye," babies can be seen wearing black beaded bracelets or anklets, or even a black dhaga (holy string), a symbol of protection.



6 months after birth

This ceremony is to celebrate the baby's first solid meal -- traditionally, sweet rice. Also known as "choroonu" and "mukhe bhaat."



in an odd year of age

This is the baby's first haircut. It is believed that hairs from birth contain all the impurities of previous lives, and shaving them allows one to start anew.

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