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Seemantham – Pregnant Women Ceremony

Seemantham is a Hindu ceremony performed in the sixth or eighth month of pregnancy. It is performed for the correct development of the baby in the womb and for the development of the brain. Ancient Hindus believed that the food that the mother takes and her thoughts had direct impact on the baby in the womb. That is the reason why elders advice pregnant women to listen to good stories and music and to stay away from tension and conflicts.

Seemantham is performed to rectify if any food or thoughts of mother had badly influenced the intelligence of the baby.
The word Seemantham literally means the hair parting just above the eye brow.
Some communities nowadays only perform the ceremony during first pregnancy (cost is the main factor for limiting it to first pregnancy) and that is the reason why the first child is known as Seemantaputran or Seemantaputri.
Seemantham is today widely followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
The rituals associated with the ceremony vary from …

Photo Tour of 64 Yogini Temple at Hirapur near Bhubaneswar in Orissa

64 Yoginis Temple is located at Hirapur near Bhubaneswar in Orissa and is dedicated to the Yoginis – a worship mainly associated with Tantric practices. Mathurbhumi newspaper is offering a photo tour of 64 Yogini Temple.
The Yoginis are worshipped to attain supernatural powers. As per tradition, the 64 Yoginis served Goddess Kali and the Bhairav form of Shiva. Yoginis were part of the battles waged by Goddess Kali to restore Dharma. 
You can take the photo tour of 64 Yogini Temple.

Related Video tour of 64 Yogini Temple in Orissa – Tantric Temple

Verses from Isha Upanishad Chanted in Hindu Funerals

Verses 15 to 18 are chanted at the time of death. They are also chanted by Hindus in the funeral rites.

The face of truth is covered with a golden disc. Unveil it, O Sun, so that I who love the truth may see it. (Isha Upanishad – 15)
O Sun, the sole seer, O controller, O Sun, offspring of Prajapati, spread forth your rays and gather up your radiant light that I may behold you of loveliest form. Whosoever is that person that also am I. (Isha Upanishad – 16)
May this life enter into the immortal breath; then many this body end in ashes. O Intelligence, remember, remember what has been done. Remember, O intelligence, what has been done. (Isha Upanishad – 17)
O Agni, lead us, along the auspicious path to prosperity, O God, who knowest all our deeds. Take away from us deceitful sins. We shall offer many prayers unto thee. (Isha Upanishad – 18)