Samskaras and Ceremonies
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The Vedic tradition recommends various ceremonies for celebrating achievements and dealing with challenges in one’s life. These ceremonies make sure that there is always a spiritual element and Krishna’s blessings in every situation. At Bhaktivedanta Manor, we are with you during both joyous and difficult times.
What are ceremonies (Samskaras)?
‘Samskaras’ translates as ‘lasting impressions’. Samskara ceremonies are purificatory rituals, essential in the progressive development of humanity towards the supreme purpose of life, i.e. God consciousness. They leave lasting impressions on our mind as we go through major transitions and significant moments in life.
There are ten essential ceremonies to be performed in one’s life cycle. They begin before a child is born in this world, carry on throughout one’s life and conclude after one leaves this world. Many of these are performed for children. There are further ceremonies to assist and uplift us during various stages of life like a birthday blessing, anniversary and special milestone achievements, or even to support us during difficult times like when we lose a loved one. Please connect with us to learn more about samskaras relevant for you or your loved ones.
What ceremonies do you perform?
We perform a variety of ceremonies for you. These are grouped in the following categories. Have a look at the type of ceremony you’re looking for below and you’ll be able to find more details on how to book them.
Choose your ceremony by clicking on one of the options below. Scroll through to see more.
Frequently asked questions
We’re glad you want to book a ceremony with us. Here are some questions we’re often asked. But don’t worry, when you book a ceremony, we’ll get in touch with you and take care of the rest.
A fire sacrifice, homa or havan, is performed as a way to purify our consciousness and to make offerings to the Lord. Generally the priest will maintain the fire whilst offering various items and reciting Vedic hymns.
Every ceremony is different and works to the situation. Sometimes it may be a grand ceremony such as a wedding, and it can also be a sombre ceremony marking the passing of a loved one. But each ceremony is there to ensure that the mood keeps the Lord at the centre.
The priest will give a list of fresh items required. Paraphernalia is provided by the priest.
Generally the participant will sponsor the food for the occasion, so that all the Vaishnavas, friends and family will be fed.