Head tonsuring or Mundan ceremony is an important part of Hindu culture and tradition. The ceremony carries a lot of significance and deeper spiritual implications. Not only the Hindus, the Muslims and Sikhs also observe the same kind of hade shaving ceremonies.
All about the ceremony:
Mundan has been there as a part of Hindu rituals since a long time. It is primarily ceremony of shaving off the new born child’s hairs in order to offer those to Gods. The ritual is generally carried out when the baby becomes 6 months old. However, the ceremony can be done in anytime between the first and third year of baby’s birth.
In some regions of India Mundan is only for the make kids of the family though most of the families arrange Mundan for the girl children too.
The whole ceremony is performed due to the auspicious belief that this would purify the new born child. The directive mentioned in the Vedas establishes Mundan as an essential part of child’s growing years. According to the directives there are total 16 ceremonies those are needed to be performed during the life time of a man and Mundan is one of them.
The belief behind this auspicious ceremony is that it purifies the baby as the first hair of an infant carries the evils of its last birth. Therefore, shaving those impure hairs means a new and uncontaminated life for the infant. Moreover, it is believed that this ceremony helps the child to get rid of all kind of negativities and to get a good as well as prosperous fortune.
Beside all these religious implications, there are many scientific explanations according to which Mundan is beneficial in child’s healthy growth. A very straight forward benefit of Mundan is that it boosts the growth of healthy hair in the new-borns. It also helps to keep the infant’s body cool in a country like India. At the same time, it helps the infants to deal with the pains and headaches caused by the process of teething.
According to the Hindu scriptures Mundan can only be done in an odd month and an odd year. It is because of this reason that the first or the third year of the infant’s life is considered to be best to observe this ceremony. The Mundan mahurat is decided by an experienced priest according to the birth date of the child.
The priest performs a havan and a skilled barber is called who shaves the child’s head with utmost care. The head is, then, washed with the help of holy water and the shaved hair is offered to the deity.
A safe Mundan: tips and precautions
There are some important precautions and cares which are needed to be taken in order to execute a safe and smooth Mundan ceremony.
- Make sure that your baby is well fed and well rested before the ceremony. A restless child means a lot of trouble and that can lead to any kind of injury or cut during the ceremony.
- Hire only a professional and skilled barber. The barber should have experience of this kind of ceremonies and have experience of handling kids.
- Do not forget to ensure that the tools and equipments of the barber are properly cleaned and sterilised. Also, keep antiseptic cream or lotion within your reach in case there is any small cut.
- It is very normal for your child to get scared or nervous with the idea of shaving their hair off. Therefore, try comforting them and telling them there is nothing to worry about the ceremony.
- Give your child a warm bath after the completion of the ceremony. This will wash off all kinds of dirt from them and will sooth them.