Friday, 24 May 2013

What is a Mundan ceremony?

What is mundan?

Mundan or hair removal ceremony-India is a religious practice performed in all Hindu households wherein the child gets his/her first haircut. It is believed that the hair that the baby is born with carry traits from previous lives which have to be removed by shaving off the hair. Baby mundan is performed by almost all Hindu families, as well as some Muslim households for babies in the age range of of 0 to 3 years. This ceremony holds great spiritual significance as per the Vedas.

Significance of Mundan ceremony:

Mundan is believed to purify the child from the effects of his previous births. However, there are several beliefs surrounding the practicality of Mundan, which have been listed here. Mundan ceremony is performed for Hindus for the following reasons:
  • It is believed that one has to pass through 64 yonis to take birth as a human. Hence Mundan ceremony is essential to eliminate the unwanted traits of these previous births and purify the child to begin his life as a human.
  • It is also believed that Mundan enhances the flow of intelligence in the baby’s system and make him more knowledgeable from childhood.
  • Mundan protects the child from evil eyes and blesses him with a bright future and good fortune.
  • Shaving off the hair brings down the temperature and keeps the baby calm, especially during summer.
  • It improves growth and texture of hair.
  • The pains and headache experienced by the child during teething are also reduced. Read More...

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