Rituals and traditions hold a significant place in Indian culture. Each and every tradition practiced in our country has a scientific reason along with a spiritual one. In some ways or another, they add meaning to our lives and make them better. When it comes to pregnancy, Garbh Sanskar is a crucial practice that has existed since the Vedic period. Of all the sixteen sanskars of Garbh Sanskar, Punsavan Sanskar is one of the most important sanskars, as it inculcates good health and positive qualities in your child.
The Punsavan Sanskar is the second sanskar for the baby in your womb and is performed after the conception ceremony (Garbhadhaan Sanskar). Punsavan Sanskar is performed after the end of the second month of pregnancy in the third month. Punsavan Sanskar is performed on the first Pushya Nakshatra after the mother comes to know that she is pregnant.
Most people believe that only those people who want a son as their child should go for Punsavan Sanskar. But this is not true. Our scriptures do not have any mention of gender differences or preferences, and Punsavan sanskar is performed for both the son and the daughter alike.
There are two elements in every human being; the feminine energy and the masculine energy. Punsavan sanskar increases the masculine energy in the unborn child. Punsavan sanskar makes the child healthy, strong and brilliant.
On the day of Punsavan Sanskar, the parents worship Lord Ganapati after taking a proper bath and pray for the good health, well-being, and future of the child. Many people also perform yagya and chant the Gayatri Mantra on this day. Kheer is offered in the yagya, and the same kheer is eaten by the parents of the child as prasad. After this, the blessings of the elders of the family are taken. People also do Gaudan and Punyadan, depending upon their financial capability.
Some medicines are mixed with milk, and three or four drops of this mixture are put in the nostrils of the mother. Sahadeva Lakshmana or Vatshrung is commonly used as medicine for this ritual. Detailed knowledge of this is only known to those who perform this ritual.
Our nose is directly connected to our brain, and the medicine put through the nose directly boosts the motherly hormone in the body of the mother and makes the baby healthier and stronger.
To receive an offspring of their choice with positive qualities (guna), every couple must go for Punsavan Sanskar.