This Sanskar is performed on sixth month , when the child gets solid food for thefirst time. Mantras recited and oblations are offered to the various deities.
This Sanskar is shaving the head of child. This is done in first of third year of thechild. The body of the child is protected and harmonized by these ceremony. Its alsoknown as Mundan ceremony. Brahmins chant Mantras for a healthy, long life of thechild. This Sanskar is restricted to the family level. During this Sanskar, the fatherfeeds honey to the baby and pierces the baby's ear. This ear piercing is supposed toenhance the memory of the child .
This Sanskar is performed in the firth or the seventh year or at the end of the firstyear with Chudkaram Sanskar.
This is the most important Sanskar , which marks the beginning of the next stage of life Youth. The word Upanayana means bringing near. The child is bought near to theGuru. This Sanskar is second birth for child - A spiritual birth. This Sanskar isperformed during six to nine years of child.
This Sanskar is done along with Upanayana. The setting up with the Sacred threadentitles the child to study the Vedas and participate in Vedic functions.The childcommences his journey on the road to spiritual life. This is contrasted with a life of eating, sleeping and procreating, which kinds of life animals also live.The child issent to Gurukul.
This Sanskar is performed before entering the grahstha ashram or the life of ahouseholder. This is performed at the end of child's study in Gurukul. The studenthas to take the permission of his guru before entering the ashram. After this theguru gives him important guidelines or tips for the grahstha ashram.
This sanskar is entry into the second Ashram. The life as individual family begins.Entering this stage of life, man has to take on his duties and has to pay spiritualdebts by sacrifice , by procreating children and study. The bride and groom walksaround Agni hand in hand. The bride sacrifices grains in the fire and chants mantras.
Man withdraws himself from all worldly activities, retires into the forest and prepareshimself for taking sanyas. This is the life of a Vanprastha.
A sanyasi renounces the world and leads a life of study and meditation by living on