Cradle Ceremony

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By Jaishri,


Cradle ceremony is called Punya dhanam here in the south. It is performed mostly on the 16th day after childbirth.

It’s a day when we perform a small Pooja to purify the house. Only after this day is the mother and baby allowed to step out of the house. After the ceremony the next day we went to a temple close to our house for darshan. We called a purohit home and performed this pooja.

As it was a function at home we invited a few relatives. We decorated my daughters cradle.

Another tradition is to decorate the cradle with the wedding saree of the mother. First a small statue of Lord Krishna is placed inside the cradle and then the baby is placed in the cradle.

If the baby’s birth affects some family member’s star a shanthi pooja also has to be conducted. They did it for me though I dont believe in this.

My baby was very small and slept through this whole ritual.

We arranged for simple food as we were to do the naming ceremony when she turned 5 months in a bigger way. Read more about her naming ceremony in the posts to follow.

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Jaishri is an IT professional and the founder of mommyswall. She is a mom of a lovely 4 year old and lives in Bangalore. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and believes in Natural living.
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5 Responses to Cradle Ceremony

  1. Sai Kiran says:

    The Mera Party specialized in Cradle Ceremony decorations. We will customize the themes as per your choice and requirements.

  2. Interesting post Jaishri! I came across your blog and it interests me. Not only that I’m having fun but I also have to learn some of your culture and it’s great! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Megha says:

    Yes yes.. Name is given after askin d preist about the initial letter from which d baby’s name should start.. :-)

  4. Jaishri says:

    Oh is it?? Do you guys have naming ceremony?

  5. megha says:

    wow jaish..i have nevr seen such a ritual in north india..amazing h.. :)

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