Saturday, 22 March 2014

Mundan Ceremony


Mundan is the ceremony of shaving the head of a child. It is performed for both the girls as well as the boys. In some communities, this practice of Mundan is accompanied with the ear piercing of the child. This ritual of shaving the head is considered to be very fortunate for the child as it signifies purity and that the child would be blessed with good health. Of course the child will get good hair also.
The Mundan ceremony, as per the Grhya Sutras, should be performed once the baby turns 12 months old or before the age of 3. If it is not possible to perform the ritual during the mentioned period, then the ritual will have to wait until the child turns 7. Now-a-days, the ritual Mundan is performed during the 1st, 3rd, 5th or 7th year. It is usually avoided to do the ritual during the even year, i.e. 2nd, 4th and so on. Mundan ceremony is a very grand occasion in many homes. It is considered very auspicious if the Mundan of the first child is performed at the Kuldevta temple. Mundan ceremony is considered important in many religions. Muslims conduct this ceremony by applying curd on the child’s hair before shaving the head. Mundan ceremony also goes by many names such as Chaula or Chudakarana.
Mundan ceremony is considered as one of the most important Sanskars in Hinduism. It is the eighth Sanskar of the 16 Sanskars in the Hindu culture.
Many people also think that if the hair growth is more the child may not gain health and so getting Mundan done may be good for the child’s overall health and growth while some believe that Mundan helps the child to get good hair growth. Whatever the myths and whatever the beliefs Mundan ceremony has great significance in the Hindu religion.
After the head is shaved it  is covered with sandal paste to avoid any form of irritation. This ceremony is further continued by offering prayers to the God and getting blessings from the elders. The ritual is generally carried out at home; whereas some may perform the same in a temple or on the sacred Ghats of Ganga or Jamuna river. The hair are then collected by the parents and thrown into the river. This is essential so that the hair cannot be used in witch craft for harming the child and the parents or the family.
Performing Mundan ceremony at the right time (Shubh Muhurat) and date is very important. This auspicious Hindu ceremony is considered a must in many of the Hindu communities.
Mundan Muhurat table given below for the year 2014 has all the details like time and  date, so that this ceremony turns out to be good one for the  little one.
Hope the information given on Mundan helps you in performing this holy ritual. Make use of the  Mundan Muhurat 2014 and have a happy 2014!

Mundan Ceremony Muhurat 2014 Dates Table

 


Date
Tithi
 Day
Special comments
16 April
Vaishakh Krishna 1
Wednesday
Dwitiya conjoining in Swati
24 April
Vaishakh Krishna 10
Thursday
Before Bhadra
25 April
Vaishakh Krishna 11
Friday
In Shatbhisha
2 May
Vaishakh Shukla 3
Friday
Mrigshira conjoining in Tritiya
5 May
Vaishakh Shukla 6
Monday
Punarvasu conjoining in Saptami
12 May
Vaishakh Shukla 13
Monday
In Trayodashi
16 May
Jyeshtha Krishna 2
Friday
In Jyestha
21 May
Jyeshtha Krishna 7
Wednesday
In Saptami
26 May
Jyeshtha Krishna 13
Monday
In Ashwini
30 May
Jyeshtha Shukla 2
Friday
In Mrigshira
30 May
Aashadh Shukla 3
Monday
In Pushya
7 July
Aashadh Shukla 9
Monday
Dashmi conjoining in Swati

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