Human beings once born have certain innate tendencies, Dispositions,and Attitudes.
One may call it Genes .
Hindus call it Vaasanas or Remnants.
As explained in my earlier blog on this subject, our innate tendencies shape our Life.
One becomes what he / she is because of these.
Hindu society is based on these Dispositions , called Varna,or loosely called Caste.( Caste is a misnomer.Please read my blog on Caste)
The first three are enjoined to perform all Samskaras.
These three are called ‘Dwijas'( Twice Born)
The first is Birth from The Mother’s Womb.
The second is when Upanayana is performed for them.
( Please read my Blog)
When the Upanayana and other Samskaras are performed he is born again.
( Only two are born twice in Nature.
They are .
Birds-they are born as eggs and later again as birds when they are hatched.
The other is Teeth,They fall once and grow again.)
This second Birth is complete only when all the Forty Samskaras are performed.
Those who study the Vedas become ‘Vipra’ .
Those who perform sSmskaras and Veda Adhyayana( practising The Vedas) are called Sr0dhriya’
He is the highest.
The Forty Samskaras.
Four Veda Vrathas( Sacred Vows)–
Pancha Maha Yagyam-
Deva Yagyam( For Gods),
Pitru Yagyam( For Ancestors),
Manushya Yagyam( For fellow Human Beings),
Bootha Yagyam( For the Five Elements of Nature),
Brahma Yagyam( For the Reality)
Seven Bhaka Yagyam
Seven Havir Yagyas–
Niruta Pasu Pandham,
Seven Soma Samasthai-
The duties of the individuals are so naturally practised that many do not seem to know what they are all about.
Hinduism demarcated the Life of an Individual into Four parts.
They are Brahmacharya,The Celibate,
The Grihastha,The Married,
The Vanaprastha,The Retired and
Sanyasa, the Renounced.
3 responses to “Forty Hindu Samskaras(Rites), Names,Details”
Thank u fr this post. Very interesting. It would have been more interesting to know a little more in detail about the 40 samskaras you have mentioned.
I plan to write on each of them.I became occupied with Dating Sanatana Dharma and its spread throughout the world.Than You.
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