The SANSKARAS are rites of passage finding varied acceptance among religious adherents of Hinduism, Jainism and some schools of thought in Buddhism. Hinduism prescribes norms to groom youngsters with values. The values as reflected in sanskaras facilitate the process of adaptation of the behaviour patterns of our children and the process of their socialization. These sanskaras should inculcate in our children the norms to purify, refine and adorn their inner conscience.
The book, Hindu Sanskaras Sacraments and Rituals in Life’s Journey, is an exposition of the principles enunciated in the Hindu scriptures. This profusely illustrated book provides guidelines for young boys and girls on the threshold of conjugal life. It provides them lucid explanation of sanskaras and human life, Hindu beliefs and rituals, essence of Hindusanskaras, the Vedic and astrological concepts of garbadharan or conception of a child, naming of the baby, baby's first tonsure, importance of sacred thread ceremony, the process of conducting puja or veneration, the significance of idol worship, The underlying purpose of using bindi or tilak, the ritual of observing Karva Chaauth by married women to pray for the longevity of their husbands, funeral rites and the system of ancestral worship yet form an essential ingredient of the book. The book also provides explanation of rituals like parikarma, ringing of bell, hovering of hands on lighted lamp after concluding prayer, the importance of 108 and breaking of coconut.
It is a useful book for all those wishing to know Indian culture, traditions and mythology. It needs to be read by parents for inculcating values among their children, and young boys and girls to carve an ideal approach in life.