SRaaDH`DH: Offering for a new born son
Rites and Rituals: Vedik prescription to keep the mutually beneficial interrelation of gods and humans going
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry. Last updated on September 3, 2003.

om brhmahye namah.......

SRaaDH`DH
THE ETERNAL AND EVERGREEN
EXPRESSION OF
CONTINUITY & GRATEFULNESS
IN CREATION

SRaaDH`DH Offering
 Upon Birth of A Son

Upon birth of a son, a father should perform naandi SRaaDH`DH and then after the suutak period is over the father should perform abhyudayik SRaaDH`DH as explained below:

naandi SRaaDH`DH

sanak-muni, the mind born son of brahmaa-dev explains in naarad puraan slok 1.25. 2 and 5 about the naandi SRaaDH`DH a father has to perform when his son is born. This is one of the dharma of a father in living the gruhastha-aashram of his life. This SRaaDH`DH is to propitiate one's pitruo at one's good fortune of having a progeny who will do SshraaDdh for oneself when one finishes the current life journey. sanak-muni starts by a warning to those who do not follow their dharma of one's aashram (life stage):

"A person who forsakes his sva-dharma (own dharma) prescribed by ved and shaastra and lives life with dharma of others are known as adharmik and would be thus be ex-communicated by all dharma. (Thus one cannot have an excuse not to follow sva-dharma because somebody else is not following dharma. Also ved says that if one does not follow dharma and thus bring chaos to life then dharma will destroy that living being. dharma has to destroy an adharmik living being for preserving the rest of creation to operate to the laws of dharma. dharma is our creator brhmah's shakti which sustains sustenance of creation.)

A father upon the birth of his son should take a bath along with the clothes he is wearing and perform the post-natal rite of naandi SRaaDH`DH with the prescribed utterance of benediction. "

abhyudayik SRaaDH`DH

sanak-muni, the mind born son of brahmaa-dev explains in naarad puraan slok 1.25. 7 about the SRaaDH`DH offering a father has to perform at the end of the suutak period is over after the birth of his son: 

"At the end of suutak period of the mother, the father should perfrom the abhyudayik SRaaDH`DH for the son. At this  SRaaDH`DH offering the father should observe a vrat to restrain his speech (meaning not to say anything disagreeable or hurtful to others and to say only that is necessary). The father should also indicate a name for the son. "

suutak period is for the period of purification of the mother after giving birth. suutak period is of the duration of 1.25 moths or 37.5 days after giving birth to the son. This period varies among different vedik peoples depending on the regional, local and gotra traditions and customs.  abhyuday means prosperity, good fortune,  and a festival to celebrate prosperity and good fortune. abhyuday also means accomplishment of a desired objective in life. Thus, this abhyudayik SRaaDH`DH is a festivity to celebrate a man's objective of begetting a son to continue his lineage which will ensure continuum of the SRaaDH`DH offering at least for his next generation. 

Ensuring continuity of lineage is one of the dharma of a father in living the gruhastha-aashram of his life. This SRaaDH`DH is to propitiate one's pitruo at one's good fortune of having a progeny who will do SRaaDH`DH for oneself when one finishes the current life journey. sanak-muni starts by a warning to those who do not follow their dharma of one's aashram (life stage):

(SRii chmpklaal Daajibhaai miisTRii, the compiler of the above GNaan, convey pranaam to our guru Dr. G. V. Tagore from whose English translation of the sanskrit naarad puraan we have been blessed with the above knowledge of how SRaaDH`DH  offering to our pitruo is to be done ......the above slok has been expanded with explanatory prose to make our learning and understanding easier...also explanatory prose in included in brackets to give backgrounder ved knowledge to provide supplementary explanation for increasing the depth of our knowledge of life sciences......) 

.......om namah brhmah....
....our guru brhmah..
.....om tat sat....om shaanti shaanti....

Posted: September 2002


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