Madhu (Honey) being offered to the child. Madhuparka-- is the elixir of life. Instilling of energy with Madhu/Honey at the time of KAAH NETH'UIR (Jaata Karma), by the Pitri Deva --father helps the child to taste the sweetness of parental love. The parents infuse the Sanskar of spiritual feelings through the gentle hug given to the child reciting the mantra OM.
.................................................................................................................................................*Chaman Lal Raina
The followers of the Vedic religion, popularly known as the Hindus consider performing of the Sanaskaars to be of the highest merit for developing the human personality for mental health and spiritual awakening. The word Sanskaar is a Vedic word, with a deep meaning, as described in the Vedic Vision. It bears a psychological impact on the personality of a child from the very beginning.
Literally, Sanaskaara means cultural preparation,consecration, purity and making pure, through the impressions on mind. The main Sanskaaras as recommended by the Manu Smriti are:
Garbhaadaan, Pumasvana, Siimantonnayana,
Though there is a reference of sixteen Sanakaaras as well, in the sacred texts dealing with the Smritis.. The word Sanskaara comes in the Rigveda, which says:----
It suggests that the Sanskaara makes a human being perfect. it gives him/her the strength which makes him/her physically strong, mentally alert and spiritually evolved. Sanaskaars help in keeping good memory, recognition of the Atman/soul.
The father says : O my child, I give you the Sanskaars of the Rishi that have been inherited by me under the Gotra system. Now I pass on these to you , which runs as:
O child! The Divinity may grant you the full span of hundred years of meaningful life. You consume the honey--the elixir of life and later the clarified butter for developing your physical growth and mental outlook to serve the Divine through your wonderful deeds.
What a wonderfully researched and composed article. This should be a "must read" for our children. Bless you Sir.
Added By Ashoke Kachroo
Namaskar I want to perform dis Pooja for my daughter but i am not sure about dishes can we prepare nonveg on dis day.
Added By Kavita Razdan
Is Kaah Nehth'uir similar to Naam Karan? It seems to be much differant in many ways, I would like to do this for my children. Please give more details on this ritual in Kashmiri Hindus.
Added By Alok Deshpande
Kaah Nehthar is very sacred in Kashmiri tradition. Thanks ChamanLal ji for writing this article and Shehjar Magazine for keeping our traditions and rituals alive.
Added By Satish Dhar
Dear Alok Deshpande Ji, Kaah Neth'uir is in a way similar to the Naam Karan, but with a difference. We shall start a series of Kashmiri Hindu Sanskars in Shehjar. Kaah Nethuir for all children is a must and should be done as early as possible. Next is the Upanayana Sanskaara known as Mekhala in Kashmiri heritage is the ceremony which takes 24 hours to do all the vedic ritual. The selected hymns of the four Vedas are recited and oblations put in the sacred Agni.
Added By Chamanlal Raina
We can endear our rites and traditions to others and our future generations by writing on them as Raina Sahib has done.
Added By Pushkar Ganjoo