Indian civilization is very old, and everything in our civilization has its own importance. According to Indian scriptures, every human being born on this earth should perform sixteen sanskars. Gods like Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, and many famous sages have also abided by these sixteen sanskars. All these sixteen sanskars have their own significance in the life of a human being. So let's discuss Simantonnayana Sanskar, the third sanskar of these sixteen vital sanskars, in detail.
Simantonnayana Sanskar is performed between the sixth and eight months of pregnancy. Before doing this sanskar, make sure that you check which month of pregnancy you're in using a pregnancy calculator. During this time, the unborn baby is developing physically and mentally inside the mother's womb. It is believed that by this time, the child growing in the womb becomes capable of learning and absorbing information. So it is important for the mother to keep restraint on her conduct and speech. Doing Simatonayana Sanskar also makes the baby healthy inside the womb.
Whatever the mother absorbs from her surroundings and the way she behaves during her pregnancy, has a direct impact on the behaviour and conduct of the child throughout her life. To confirm this, there are many examples in Hindu scriptures and mythology where the unborn baby has acquired knowledge in the mother's womb.
For example, Subhadra's son Abhimanyu had learned to break into the Chakravyuh of the Mahabharata while he was in his mother's womb. Ashtavakra had also received education in the womb itself. Devotee Prahlad commenced worshipping Lord Vishnu even before he was born.
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The ceremony of Simantonnayana Sanskar is also called "Godbharai" in the common language. In this ceremony, along with the ladies of the house, other members of the family gather together for the ritual of Simantonnayana Sanskar. A pooja is organised and everyone prays for the health and well-being of the child and the mother. Guests and relatives who attend the ceremony bring gifts for the pregnant mother. Everyone blesses the mother for giving birth to a child with good conduct and great qualities.
The period between early morning and late afternoon is best for performing Simantonnayana Sanskar.Simantonnayana Sanskar should be performed in Shukla Paksha only because this time is considered auspicious for this sanskar. Simantonnayana Sanskar should never be done during Rahu Kaal. Mrigashira, Pushya, Shravan, Hasta, Uttara, Rohini, and Revati Nakshatras are considered best for Simantonnayana Sanskar. As for the days of the week, Thursday, Sunday, and Tuesday are considered auspicious for carrying out Simantonnayana Sanskar. Prathama, Tritiya, Panchami, Saptami, Dasami, Ekadsahi, and Trodashi Tithi are considered the best tithis for this Sanskar.
Every woman and her near and dear ones must perform Simantonnayana Sanskar for a great future and better conduct of the baby to be born. Along with this, being surrounded by positive people and good thoughts also affects the overall behaviour and personality of the child. So it is crucial for the mother to be surrounded by optimistic people and good vibes to ensure a healthy baby with great sanskars.
Q1. What is Simantonnayana Sanskar?
Simantonnayana Sanskar is the third sanskar of the 16 sanskars of Vedic tradition. Parents perform this sanskar in the seventh month of pregnancy to prevent miscarriage and ensure the safety of the baby in the womb.
Q2. What are the things needed for Simantonnayana Sanskar?
The main things needed for performing Simantonnayana Sanskar are pooja chowki, cloth for pooja chowki, Urn(कलश), aachmani, Havan Kund, ghee for Havan, cooked rice, Ganesha Ji’s idol, Durva, 2 garlands of flowers, coins, vermillion, rangoli, betel leaves, turmeric powder, almonds, oil lamp, camphor, basil leaves, Diwali dhani, five-color thread to tie in hand, soaked wheat for making a garland with sycamore fruit(गूलर का फल), aasan, copper plate, small glass, wooden sticks and cow dung for Havan, mango leaves, coconut, 5 types of fruits, ashtagandha, white handkerchief, betel nut, yellow dry dates(खारिक), bel patra, ghee lamp, and incense sticks.
Q3. What is the significance of Simantonnayana Sanskar?
A baby in the womb gains consciousness in the seventh month of pregnancy. During this time, the baby is capable of grasping information; and whatever thoughts a mother absorbs from the surrounding gets passed on to the baby. Therefore, the mother needs to filter her thoughts and stay positive around the 7th month. Simantonnayana Sanksar helps the mother to stay calm and induces positivity in her thoughts.