Seemantham

This is performed during the period between the fifth and the eighth months of pregnancy. The specific materials used during this Samskara, are for the lady only. They are, the quill of a porcupine, an ear of ripe paddy and some Udumbara leaves. The deity invoked is Rekha, the presiding deity of the full moon. Their implications are: that the pregnancy should be fruitful; the child should be endowed with sharp and penetrating intellect (like the sharp quill of the porcupine). The child should be beautiful like the full moon. The gist of the Mantra is: "I beseech the goddess Rekha. May she make this ceremony blemish less. May my child be endowed with sharp intellect." During the ceremony the pregnant woman should enjoy music, especially on the veena. At the close of the ceremony she touches a male calf, symbolizing a son.

Seemantham

Item

Quantity

Turmeric powder

1 Packet

Kumkum

1 Packet

Sandalwood powder/tablets/paste

1 Packet

Agarbatthi

1 Packet

Betel leaves

15

Betel Nuts

1 Small Packet

   

Flowers

2 Bouquets

Bananas

12

5 Variety of fruits

Few of each kind

Coconuts

5

   

Rice

2 pounds

For Puja at home, the following items, in  addition to the above

Kalasam

1

Saffron, Cloves, Cardamom, Pachha karpooram

Small quantities for Kalasam

Mango Leaves

1 Packet

Pancha Patram and Udharani or Unused Cup and spoon

1

Kodam

1

Bell

1

Deepam ( Lamps )

1

Aluminum baking trays (medium size)

2

Dry coconut

2

Fire wood chips

1 Packet

Ghee

1 pound

Havan samagri

1 Packet

Bricks

6

Camphor

1 Packet

Paper towels

1 Roll

Trays for fruits and flowers

5

Naivedyam (prasadam)

Rava kesari, And / Or Sweet Pongal

Milk

1 cup

Bangles

As desired

Garland 

2

Quarters

40 Coins

Dresses

For couple

Sweets for distribution

As per their tradition