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Chhati Ceremony

The literal definition of the festival reveals quite a lot about it. Chhati refers to six literally, and the name chhati festival is observed when the baby gets six days old. The Chhati ceremony is mostly observed at night, in fact about a couple of hour prior midnight. It is considered a prominent birth ritual having logical, social and traditional prominence.

History Which Everyone wants to know

The ritual has been being observed since ages. It is traditionally believed that on the sixth day after the baby’s birth, the deity of fate would come inside the home and scripts the destiny of the recently born baby.

Hence, it is asked for the mother of the baby to lighten something. Usually it’s a diya on the eve during the midnight. Apart from this, it is also advised to have a red pen and paper by side over a stilted pan. The purpose of keeping the pan is to let the deity script the fortune of the newly born baby.

The kindled lamp is believed to be the deity; hence, the mother holds the baby recently born and submits herself in a traditional praying gesture. It is also considered as an eve of first proper announcement of the birth of the baby to the dearer ones. As mentioned above, it’s a sacred occasion, hence observed with a lot of sincerity.

Scientific/Logical Reasons Involved:

Coming to the logical part of the observance, the purpose behind chhati is to get both the mother and child introduced into the home in an organic and hygienic fashion. It can be basically understood as well the day when the mother along with the child comes out of the birth place (the place where the baby takes birth).

Hence, first, the hawans are performed at home using the sacred ingredient, which kills the germs around the place the baby has to be taken. The chanting of the holy mantras is meant to be creating positive vibes in the mind of the newly born baby. Priests chant the ritual slokas during hawan along with the holy gayatri mantra. The other family members are also asked to chant the gayatri mantra.

In an authentic way, the baby is worn with the absolutely cleaned pair of clothes. These clothes are usually gifted by the child’s uncle.

Gayatri Chants:
  • Om Bhuur-BhuvahSvah
  • Tat-Savitur-Varennyam |
  • BhargoDevasyaDhiimahi
  • DhiyoYo Nah Pracodayaat |

Meaning of the sloka:

According to Swami Vivekananda, the meaning of the sloka is as follows-

Humans get indulged in meditation, a celebration of realising that magnificence that has created everything; we meditate to realise him and to get enlightened. We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.

Social Causes Involved:

However, it involves quite an amusement quotient as well, through which the relative women get around and perform songs as the good wishes for the baby, mother, and the whole family in fact. Through the amusement, they pray for the safety of the baby and the mother.

Offering feasts, especially to the poor also come under the ritual. In some cases the sweets are also distributed. This is also the first day for the mother to apply kajal (it’s a carbon residue collected through blazing the mustard oil on a brass pot) on her eye.