​​HINDU TEMPLE OF ROCHESTER

Mundan Puja


A mundan or tonsuring is an important ceremony for Hindus. It is also known as chaula or choodakarana. 

​Why is a mundan performed?

In most communities a mundan or first haircut is done in the belief that it purifies the child. Many also believe that a mundan:

  • rids the baby of his past life's negativity
  • bestows a long life and a good future
  • protects the child from the evil eye
  • cleanses the child's body and soul
  • helps to keep the baby's head cool, especially in hot summer months
  • helps relieve headache and pains caused by teething
  • improves the growth of the baby's hair


How is the mundan performed?

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. 


Required Attire:

* Traditional Indian attire

Samagree List for Mundan Puja










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Email: cultural@hindutempleofrochester.com

Turmeric 1 Cup KumKum 1 Cup
Bettel Nut 5 Incense Stick 1 Packet
Coconut 1 Raw Rice 2 Cups

Copper Kalash

(Not required if puja in temple)

1 Blouse Pieces 2 (red/yellow)
Coins 5 Quarters Kusha Darbha Pujariji will bring
Color Thread (daga) 1 Scissors 1 New
Bettel Leaves 5 Bananas 6