Telugu Baby Showers Rituals: Seemantham
Sreemantham is the baby shower celebrated during the third trimester, i.e. the seventh or ninth month of pregnancy. It is to announce the impending arrival of the unborn baby to the family and bless the mother-to-be with abundant joys of motherhood. It is celebrated across India under various names – Godh Bharai in the North, Shaad in Bengal, Valakappu in Tamil Nadu, Seemandham in Kerala, Dohalejewan in Maharashtra and Shrimant in Gujarat. Sreemantham exuberantly celebrates the beauty of pregnancy and motherhood. On this occasion, several rituals are performed for the good health of the mother and baby, and the safe delivery. The mum-to-be is gifted with a saree by her mom, and the other women of the family make her floral jewelry as they have a religious symbolism in Hindu Culture. This Telugu style of a baby shower is the right time to capture the moments with awesome baby shower photography. The core purpose of this celebration is to bring in a wave of happiness to her life. The process of worship is however different in different parts of India. In this article, we will be discussing the celebrations of a baby shower at a Telugu household.
On the auspicious baby shower, all the women (friends, relatives) are invited to the occasion. A copper or a brass pot of water covered with mango leaves, grass, and coconut is placed and rituals are performed thereafter. It is said that the rituals performed energize the water positively and cleanses all the negativity.
‘Udakashanthi‘ – the pregnant lady takes a bath with this holy water.
She is then dressed up in new clothes, adorned with flowers and gold ornaments. The senior women make her wear bangles (usually red and green color) and bless her to have a safe delivery.
The pregnant lady gives Tamboolam (Turmeric, Kukum, Betel leaves, betel nuts) to all the women. Some also offer them a blouse piece, sweet or fruits also. The husband gifts his wife with saffron and blesses her to have a safe delivery.
Seemantham means uplifting the brain of the baby in the womb.
It is said that through this festivity, the pregnant lady is showered with blessings of elders. With the sounds of glass bangles and the recitals of mantras, the mind is purified and all the negativity is gone. The happiness affects the baby in the womb.
Elders advise pregnant women to read and hear good stories and listen to pleasant music that soothes them. This helps in staying away from the tensions and conflicts as every positive or negative feeling of the mother would have an impact on the baby.
There are several reasons behind every word our elders say about rituals. The scientific reasons for having a special occasion for a mother-to-be and her unborn baby, the rituals following the ceremony etc. Below are a few justifications.
- Baby memory cells start activating after the completion of seven months of pregnancy. The unborn child can now record sounds and vibrations from its surroundings. By doing these holy rituals, the baby grasps only the positivities and blooms out to be a better person.
- The holy bath gives mental strength to the baby and the mother.
- The wrist part is always active in the human body which is why the pulse and heartbeats are checked generally on the wrist to find out the health conditions. Bangles used by the lady create constant friction, and the blood circulation level is increased. By wearing lots of bangles, the nerves keep the womb active. This helps the womb muscles function in a uniform way which creates a healthy atmosphere to an unborn child.
- Saffron removes fuss and cough from the chest of the unborn child and improves the color of skin texture of baby.
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