RITUALS

Vedic Tradition
Vedic Tradition

The Sanskaras are essentially the “rites of passage” that a person goes through in life, from conception to death. However, any definition in English falls short of the deep significance and meaning of the Sanskaras in the lives of Hindus.

A closer definition is the word “sacrament,” for a sacrament implies an outward celebration or ceremony symbolic of inward growth, change or grace. The sanskaras refer to the main religious/spiritual purificatory rites and rituals for sanctifying the body and mind, such that growth may be positive, progressive and smooth.

Each sanskara has a particular ritual and puja associated with it. The proper, divine completion of the ritual associated with each sanskara ensures that the crucial lessons of each “rite” are learned and that the next stage of life can be successfully entered.

There are 16 main sanskaras, 5 of which are performed with great piety, devotion and tradition on the banks of Mother Ganga at Hitam Life in Rishikesh.
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1. Chudakarana Sanskara: The First Hair Cut

Chudakarana Sanskara (Mundan Ceremony): The First Hair Cut

 

Mundan (the first hair cut): This sanskara is performed typically during the first or third year of age when the child’s original, first hair growth is shaved, frequently leaving only the shikha on the top back of the head. According to the sages, the hair from birth is associated with undesirable traits from past lives. Thus, at the time of the mundan, the child is freshly shaven to signify freedom from the past and moving into their new life. It is also said that the shaving of the hair stimulates proper growth of the brain and nerves.

The chudakarana sanskara is also said to bring long life to the recipient and it is performed as a special ceremony in most homes, particularly for young boys.

On the banks of Mother Ganga in Rishikesh, we have a special Chudakarana. In this ceremony, the special Vedic mantras and prayers are chanted by trained priests, Acharyas. The young child is shaven clean and the hair is symbolically offered to Mother Ganga. The child and his/her family then perform a sacred yagna ceremony and the divine Ganga Aarti.

 

 

 

2. Vivah Sanskara: Traditional Wedding

Vivah Sanskara: Traditional Wedding in Rishikesh

 

Two bodies uniting their souls and promising to be together in this life and after lives is what make the Vedic Vivah Samskara so unique.

The traditional Vedic Wedding Ceremony is one of the oldest wedding in the world, elevating the physical union to spiritual dimension.

So if you are looking for a sacred Vedic Wedding Ceremony in a romantic and exotic environment with spiritual guidance and auspicious timing, we will assist you in such special day of your life. The marriage takes place at a beautiful decorated (flower draped) venue (Mandapa) accompanied with beautiful chanting of Sanskrit Mantras.

 

 

 

3. Yagna/Havan: Vedic Fire Ceremony

Yagna/Havan: Vedic Fire Ceremony

 

Havan is one of the most common rituals in Indian culture.  Havan is, in essence, a purifying ritual.  Just as fire purifies everything it touches, so we perform Yagna so our lives may be pure.  So, as we place the offerings into the flames, we symbolically offer all our 'impurities' - our anger, our greed, our jealousy, our grudges, our pain - and we pray to God to make our lives as pure as the ghee we pour into the flames.

Also, the Yagna reminds us to give, give and give. At the end of the mantras and shlokas chanted by the priests, it says, "Idam Namamah, Idam Namamah."  This means, "Not for me, but for You."  It reminds us that everything we do in life must be for others, for God, for the world.  This is the root of Yagna and the root of happiness in life.

 

 

 

4. Asthi Visarjan: Ash Immersion

Asthi Visarjan: Ash Immersion

 

Our holy scriptures say that to immerse the ashes of a loved one in the holy waters of Mother Ganga is to release their soul from bondage and to help their spirit to reach liberation. It is, therefore, every family’s deepest wish to perform this sacred final rite for their loved ones.

People travel from across the world to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi, and other holy cities in order to immerse their loved ones’ ashes in Ma Ganga’s holy waters. By the grace of Mother Ganga and by the request of several devotees, we run a divine “Ash Immersion” program at Hitam Life. In this program, pure, traditional, pious puja will be done for your loved one’s remains. You will be assured that the sacred rites are performed on the banks of Mother Ganga, by devoted and educated priests.

All boarding and lodging will be provided.

 

 

 

5. Shradha: Pind Daan/Pitru Pujam

Shradha: Pind Daan/Pitru Pujam

 

It is a Hindu belief that after death, the soul still remains in this material world. The pull of love, kindness, affection for his family, friends, relatives, etc., and affinity for the materialistic world prevent the final departure. According to Hindu belief, 'Pind Daan' gives the soul one final relief and paves its way to the ultimate world of peace

Haridwar (Rishikesh) is a very sacred place for offering bodies.  At the feet of Lord Hari, and in keeping with Hindu religious customs, in the river Ganges, a personal offering is offered on your behalf so that the souls of the dead persons may rest in peace. This even liberates those souls from an unnatural death.

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Rudrabhishekam - The Ancient Sounds

The meaning of the Rudrabhishekam is to convey that everything is Shiva, and is contained within the Shiva Tattva. There is nothing beyond the Shiva Tattva.

Rudrabhishek is an ancient mantra that was taken from the waves of the sky (space). When the ancient sages and sages sat in meditation, they listened, and what they heard began to move to other people.

The effect of Rudrabhishek produces positive energy and removes negative vibrations. The scriptures of astrology prescribe Rudra puja as a remedy for several planetary Dosha. And much is said about Rudrabhishek. When Rudrabhishek occurs, nature thrives, nature is joyful and happy.

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