Jatakarma, aka: Jātakarma, Jata-karma, Jātakarmā; 7 Definition(s)
Jatakarma means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Dharmashastra (religious law)
Jātakarma (जातकर्म) is performed by the necessities of the case immedia tely after birth of a child. The ancient Sūtra and Sṃrti works mention this ceremony in different ways. Manu states that this is performed before the navel string is cut off and gives to the child to eat gold, honey a nd ghee with the recitation of mantra. Āśvalāyana mentions that this ceremony is performed before the touching of other persons the child.(Source): Shodhganga: Facts of society in the Manusamhita
Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 5. 1-16; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 42. 43; 50. 24; 63. 133; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 10. 4-15; 13. 2.
- 2) Matsya-purāṇa 24. 5-7; 245. 66; 275. 18.
- 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 3. 36.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Jātakarma (जातकर्म) refers to one of the eleven saṃskāras (purificatory rites of fire) forming part of preliminary rites before Dīkṣā: an important ritual of Śāktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V.(Source): JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Jātakarma (जातकर्म) is a Sanskrit word referring to a purificatory ceremony performed at the birth of a child.(Source): ISKCON Press: Glossary
India history and geogprahy
Jatakarma refers to one of those ceremonies of the Nambutiris performed after marriage, during pregnancy or during the birth of a child. Jatakarma is the name of the birth ceremony, and is performed by the father of the child. Honey and ghī are introduced into the mouth of the infant with a golden spoon or rod, to symbolise good fortune. Then the ears and shoulders are touched with the spoon or rod, while Vedic texts are recited.(Source): Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
jātakarma (जातकर्म).—n (S) One of the sixteen saṃskāra;--giving the infant clarified butter out of a golden spoon before dividing the navel string.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
jātakarma (जातकर्म).—n One of the sixteen saṃskāras, giv- ing the infant clarified butter out of a golden spoon before dividing the navel string.(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
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Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 2.29 < [Section IX - The ‘jātakarma’ sacrament]
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The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter XCIII - Laws of virtue as promulgated by the holy Yajnavalkya < [Agastya Samhita]
Chapter CCXXXI - Expiatory Penances < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Śāṅkhāyana-gṛhya-sūtra (by Śāṅkhāyana)
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
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Satapatha Brahmana (by Julius Eggeling)