A mundan or tonsuring is an important ceremony for Hindus. It is also known as chaula or choodakarana.
In most communities a mundan or first haircut is done in the belief that it purifies the child. Many also believe that a mundan:
The mundan is performed on a specific date at an auspicious time. The day and time is decided by a priest based on the time of the birth.
A havan or homam is performed by a priest. The mother sits with the child in her lap and faces the west of the sacred fire. The priest shaves off a part of the child's hair while chanting sacred hymns. After that, the barber shaves off the rest of the hair. In some families, the father performs the initial rite instead of the priest.
The shaven head is washed with holy water (Gangajal). Then a paste of turmeric and sandalwood is applied. It is believed that this mixture cools the head and speeds up the healing of any nicks and cuts. The shaved hair is either offered to a deity or to a sacred river like the Ganga. Your priest may offer another way to dispose of the hair.
In some cultures, a tuft of hair is left on the head (also known as shikha, choti, or bodi). It is said that shikha protects the brain.
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