Bratabandhan (Sanskrit brata-promise,bandhan-to be bound), Chudakarma or simply bratabhanda is an ancient Hindu tradition carried out in Hindu families. This tradition is based on the four age periods of a Hindu man, namely Bramhacharya(0-25 years), Grihastha(25-50), Sanyasa (50-75) and Banaprasta(75+).A religious ceremony is held where a boy shaves his head and performs various rituals. It is a symbolic representation that a boy is mature enough to perform his duties as a bharmachari(that is to learn).Traditionally these boys were then sent to ashrams of gurus to learn in a vedic system of education. However today it is only represented symbolically by letting the boys beg(the ancient shyshas in ashrams used to beg home to home). At this point, the boys who want to renounce family life and get to the gurus by running (though it is just pretended as doing so)is avoided by the mama (maternal uncle) who lures them to material world or grihastha by offering money. These boys promise to stay home and at the same time perform the karmas of a bramhacharya (studying, earning a living and performing religious rites). Thus after this ceremony the boys are considered men (though not physically). They are given the Janai (yagyopavita-the holy thread from yagya)and are expected to keep with the rules and norms of full-aged men. This promise, taken by wearing the janai, holds them in a bind. This gives its name bratabhandha. From this point onwards they are permitted to take an active part in religious ceremonies (pujas, last rituals, marriages, etc.).

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • List of Nepal-related topics — This is a list of topics related to Nepal. Those interested in the subject can monitor changes to the pages by clicking on Related changes in the sidebar.Nepal* Nepal * Nepal, Travel information * * Nepal Bhasa * Institute of Medicine, Nepal *… …   Wikipedia

  • Hindu — A Hindu (Audio|hi Hindu.ogg|pronunciation, Devanagari: हिन्दू) is an adherent of the philosophies and scriptures of Hinduism, a set of religious, philosophical and cultural systems that originated in the Indian subcontinent. There are… …   Wikipedia

  • History of Nepal — Kirat era Licchavi era Malla era Shah era (Rana era) 1990 democracy movement Nepalese Civil War 2006 democracy movement …   Wikipedia

  • Nepal — This article is about the country. For other uses, see Nepal (disambiguation). Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल Sanghiya Loktāntrik Ganatantra Nepāl …   Wikipedia

  • List of Prime Ministers of Nepal — Prime Minister of Nepal Coat of Arms of Nepal …   Wikipedia

  • Bhimsen Thapa — (1775 1839) was the third Prime Minister of Nepal. He is regarded as one of the National heroes of Nepal.Early lifeBhimsen Thapa was born in the small district of Gorkha. He came into contact with the Nepalese Royal Palace at the early age of 11… …   Wikipedia

  • Crop breeding in Nepal — Contents 1 Crop improvement in Nepal 2 National Organizations 3 Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 4 Department of Plant Bree …   Wikipedia

  • Nepal — Para otros usos de este término, véase Nepal (desambiguación). संघीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल Sanghiya Loktāntrik Ganatantra Nepāl República Federal Democrática de Nepal …   Wikipedia Español

  • Chhetri — Regions with significant populations  Nepal 3,593,496 15% population (2001 Census)[ …   Wikipedia

  • Nepal Tourism Year 2011 — Nepal is celebrating Nepal Tourism Year 2011 throughout the year 2011. This announcement anticipates at least one million international tourists in Nepal in the year 2011. Contents 1 History 2 Objectives 3 Strategies 4 Arran …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”