Vedic Retuals and Prayers

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Vedic Rituals and Prayers

Prayer or worship is an integral part of the Hindu way of living. The chanting of mantras is the most popular form of worship in Hinduism. Major festivals, astrologically and astronomically significant days of the years are usually ear marked for performance of Vedic rituals and chanting of vedic hymns to appease the respective planets, nakshatras and associated Gods (Devi-Godess and Devtas). They are believed to have a very powerful impact and favorably determine the purpose of event. On a psychological plane they have an extremely powerful positive impact on the mind of the subject/s participating or getting Vedic Rituals and Prayers done for their definitive purposes.

 

There are special rituals that only the priests, or brahmin, can perform. These are called the shrauta rituals and are very complex and elaborate sacrifices to the god Agni. These "fire-sacrifice" rituals are to bring out the central element of power of gods and nature through the fire

Rituals for Special Occasions

There are several Vedic rituals of immense significance associated with birth, the life-span and death:

Rituals for Special OccasionsSamskars at birth begin even before a child is born. Garbhadana (conception) is the fervent prayer for a child. This is done in order to fulfill the parental duties to continue the race. Punsavana (fetus protection) is performed during the 3rd or 4th month of pregnancy before the fetus is conscious. The prayers hope to invoke divine qualities in the child. Simantonnyana (satisfying the craving of the pregnant mother) is similar to a baby shower. It is performed during the seventh month, and prayers are offered for healthy physical and mental growth of the child. Jatakarma is performed at the birth of the child. It is done to welcome the child into the family.

The Hindu marriage is much more than an exchange of vows and rings. Before and during the nuptials, many rites are performed in the presence of family deities.

The final rite of passage is death. In the Hindu tradition, individuals are cremated and special rites are done to ensure a good after life.

Other special rituals include the Griha. These are domestic rites that are taught by priests for use in the home. They celebrate new and full moons, changing of the seasons, first fruits of the harvest, the building of a new house, birth of a son, and the above-mentioned, rites of passage.

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