Cradle Ceremony

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By Jaishri,

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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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3 Responses to Cradle Ceremony

  1. Megha says:

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

  2. Jaishri says:

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

  3. megha says:

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

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