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Mundan Ceremony of a Baby

Are you aware of the significance of Mundan ceremony or Chudakarna? Learn about the significance of Mundan and the factors affecting the day of the ritual.


The Mundan ceremony is performed because of a belief that the hairs that the baby is born with, actually carries the undesired traits of the past life. The first hairs on the body of the baby is thus considered as impure and is the negative impact of the past lives on the future or the current life. So, it is considered as necessary that they are shaved off in order to purify his soul and ensure the well-being of the baby. Some people also believe that Mundan lowers the temperature of the baby thereby making him calm apart from enhancing the blood circulation in his system.

The Mundan ceremony is a purifying ritual that is as per the directives mentioned in the Vedas. There are sixteen Sanskars or ceremonies that are required to be performed in a person’s life, Mundan being one of them. Mundan is also known as Chudakarana and it is here that the baby’s hair is shaved off for the first time in his life.


Significance of Mundan

If you take a look at the scriptures, you will find that a soul passes through eighty-four lakh ‘Yonis’ before it gets to acquire a human body. So each and every ‘Yoni’ has a certain influence on the current birth of the baby. This Mundan is a purification act that is performed in order to ensure that the baby is cleansed of all the undesirable elements of passing through all the earlier births. It is a gesture to purify the soul from the previous ‘Yonis’.

From another aspect, the Mundan is important in the life of the baby as it is believed that the aspect of intelligence commences from the earliest days of life on this earth. The tonsure triggers off the flow of intelligence and enhances the flow of knowledge in the life of the child.


When is Mundan Done?

The time of the ritual is very important. According to the holy Hindu scriptures and the opinion of the astrologers, the Mundan must be performed in an odd month and an odd year. The first, third, fifth and seventh year is considered perfect for the ritual. Although many are also of the opinion that it should be done either in the first year or the third and not later than that.


The Relevance of Sun’s Position
 

If the baby is the eldest son or the daughter of the family, the Mundan must be done when the Sun resides in the Taurus. On the day of the ritual, the sun has to be either on its transit to the Taurus, Gemini, Aries, Aquarius or Capricorn.


The Relevance of Nakshatras

Mundan must be performed in any of the following Nakshatras: Ashwini, Chitra, Ghanistha, Jyestha, Mrigashira, Hasta, Pushya, Punarwasu, Swati, Shatavisha, or Revati.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are considered to be auspicious and thus very appropriate for the Mundan ritual.

Then again if the mother of the baby happens to be pregnant for more than five months, the Mundan of the child need to be postponed for a more appropriate time. 

Finally, it must be remembered that Mundan must not be performed if the moon is on a transit to its 4th, 8th and 12th house in relation to the birth sign of the baby. If it is found that the 3rd, 5th or 7th house of the baby has ‘Tara Dosha’, the Mundan must be rescheduled.

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vital.3 years ago
Thank you for this information. my son was born on august 17th and i am planning on doing his mundan in the 11th month. But Iam a lil confused ---should I be doing it between july 17th to aug 17th ot between june 17th to july 17th. I would very appreciate any help in this regard as i am trying to book tickets to India.
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vital.3 years ago
Thank you for this information. my son was born on august 17th and i am planning on doing his mundan in the 11th month. But Iam a lil confused ---should I be doing it between july 17th to aug 17th ot between june 17th to july 17th. I would very appreciate any help in this regard as i am trying to book tickets to India.
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.3 years ago
Is Rule of mundan in odd month for boy n girl both??????
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Taara.4 years ago
Thanks for such an interesting piece of information. Hair growth improves a lot after shaving off baby's head. This I have noticed in many babies who had a mundan ceremony. Moreover mundan ceremony has a religious significance also. It is a purifying ritual so I will be following the ritual when my baby is born.
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Seema.4 years ago
My daughter when born had moderate hair on head. And when she was growing, I noticed uneven growth of hair. Her hairs were very thin also. Her mundan ceremony was done when she was a year old and after that when new hairs came, I could see a denser and more uniform hair growth.
 
 
 
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Jaya.4 years ago
My daughter is now 1.5 years old. She has fine and silky hairs. I was thinking of not having a mundan ceremony but my in-laws are insisting ad I think in a way they are right. This is a tradition and I must follow it and who knows that after mundan, her hairs will be more beautiful.
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