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  • Unlike the usual murtis of Bhagwan, why are

Shivlings and Shãligrãms without arms or legs?.... 270

  • Why is sindur and oil offered to Hanumanji? .......... 270

  • 29.

    Kanthi (Beads worn around neck) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273

    • Kanthi ....................................................................... 273

    • Types of wood for kanthi ......................................... 273

    • Kanthi of two strings in the Swaminarayan sampradãy .............................................................. 274

    • Vartmãn (dikshã) ritual ............................................. 274

    • Receiving vartmãn ................................................... 275

    • Wearing a kanthi in the absence of the Param Ekãntik Satpurush ....................................... 276

    • Kanthi in other sampradãys ...................................... 276

  • 30.

    Sixteen Samskãras [Rites of passage (sacraments)] . .279

    • Meaning of samskãras ............................................. 280

    • Purpose of samskãras ............................................... 280

    • Bhagwan Swaminarayan and samskãras .................. 281

    • Pre-natal samskãras ................................................. 281

        • (1)

          Garbhãdhãn (conception) ...................................... 281

        • (2)

          Pumsavan (engendering a male issue) .................. 282

        • (3)

          Simantonnayan (ritual during first pregnancy) ..... 282

    • Childhood samskãras ............................................... 284

        • (4)

          Jãtakarma (birth rituals) ........................................ 284

        • (5)

          Nãmkaran (name-giving) ...................................... 285

        • (6)

          Nishkraman (first outing) ..................................... 286

        • (7)

          Annaprãshan (first feeding) .................................. 286

        • (8)

          Chudãkarma (chaul) (first shaving of head) ......... 287

        • (9)

          Karnavedh (piercing earlobes) .............................. 288

    • Educational samskãras ............................................. 288

        • (10)

          Vidyãrambh (learning the alphabet) .................... 288

        • (11)

          Upanayan (yagnopavit) (sacred thread initiation) 288

        • (12)

          Vedãrambh (beginning Vedic study).................... 290

        • (13)

          Keshãnt (godãn) (shaving the beard) .................. 290

        • (14)

          Samãvartan (end of studentship) ........................ 290

    • Vivãh samskãras ...................................................... 291

        • (15)

          Vivãh (marriage) ................................................. 291

      • Concept of ãtmã in marital discord ...................... 296

      • A married woman’s 16 shangãr (ornamentation)...297 Vivãh rituals

          • Vãg Dãn (betrothal) ................................................. 299

          • Lagna patrikã (marriage invitation) ......................... 300

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