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Baby Shower - Indian Hindu Tradition

Baby ShowerBaby Shower, Baby Shower is the blessing for married woman! It is a ceremony that celebrates the first pregnancy of the bride of the house and is held in the seventh month of pregnancy. Prospective mother is dressed in bridal wear. This ceremony is for women only, so there are only women invitees. Ceremony begins with Ganesh puja and the sing traditional songs to make festive atmosphere!. Prospective mother seat on Baajath (four-legged wooden seat) and small red dot is put on her forehead for good luck, Khoro (the Paalav of her Saari) filled by mother & mother-in-law coconut, gifts and jeweler. There is one more tradition take place in Gujarati Baby Shower that younger brother-in-law has to present in this ceremony. He will have tilak on his forehead and he slap his Bhabhi (sister-in-laws).




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Moksha Patel posted to Anyone that has the answer! on 11/20/2010 9:38:36 AM
Moksha Patel
Moksha Patel
Croydon, UK
  Namaste, I thank you for the information about the baby shower ceremony but was wondering and have been for a long time as to why the brother in law slaps the bhabhi? What is the meaning or significance behind this action? I hope you can enlighten me further. Thanks.
ashwin naran posted to explain why? on 1/23/2011 8:49:46 AM
ashwin naran
ashwin naran
cleveland ohio
  What is the signeficance of the khoroo bharwa Why is done and why in the seventh month and alsohow is done. Please explain in depth so we can explain to our sons and daughters . thank you
ashwin naran posted to explain why? on 1/23/2011 8:50:36 AM
ashwin naran
ashwin naran
cleveland ohio
  What is the signeficance of the khoroo bharwa Why is done and why in the seventh month and alsohow is done. Please explain in depth so we can explain to our sons and daughters . thank you
priti posted to all on 6/11/2013 4:54:39 PM
priti
priti
doha
  hi i need to know the baby shower ceremony for khatris because i married i khatri and his mum is very traditional. also, i need to know if i can wash my hair in the 7 months prior to the baby shower ceremony. does anyone know the dos and donts? thanks alot
ashwin naran posted to explain why? on 1/23/2011 8:48:13 AM
ashwin naran
ashwin naran
cleveland ohio
  What is the signeficance of the khoroo bharwa Why is done and why in the seventh month and alsohow is done. Please explain in depth so we can explain to our sons and daughters . thank you
Mr Mehta posted to ashwin naran on 11/14/2011 5:44:04 PM
Mr Mehta
Mr Mehta
London
  The significance of Khora bharvanau is that when a woman is pregnant for the first time, it gets blessings from the Family Goddess or God to have a safe delivery and may her other deliveries are safe as well. The ceremony varies in the different castes. In Vanias ususally the sthampna of Randal Mataji is done of the day of the khoro bharvano (Shrimant.) On that day after Matajis puja, the pregnant womans washes her hair for the first time in the seventh month. She then lights a diya at the paniyara (where the family drinks water from) From there she starts her pagla. The proceedure of this is that first a coconut is given in her hand and then a green and white cloth are put in front of her. Someone from her maternal home comes and puts a coin and sopari. The pregnant woman then touches it, and that is her step. That coin and sopari is given to the would be fathers sister. This proceedure carries on until she reaches in front of the sthapna. the coconut is offered to Mataji, but she cannot sit and has to stay standing. Two bags of shagun are already prepared. One is from the pregnant womans mothers side and the other is from the husbands side. Each of the bags should have a leaf, 1.5 kg rice and other shagun items such as 16 fruits. First the mother in law exchanges the bag from her palav to the pregnant weomans palav and the total swaps should be seven. Even the pregnant womans mother does this with the other bag. The pregnant woman could now sit on a stool/bajoth. then her sister in law/nanad ties her a rakhadi. The mother in law makes her drink sweet milk. Then a small child is put on the lap of the pregnant woman and is fed a sweet. The smaller brother in law of the pregnant woman slaps her seven times with red kanku. This is the ceremony in short, and may vary in castes.


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