“Rishis, the ancient seers of India, prescribed a set of 16 actions called Samskaras to be undertaken at critical points in the course of human life. Nine of these, including three before physical birth, are to be completed before a child reaches 2 years of age. This period maps completely to the Golden period of 1100 days.”




Our seers have expounded and simplified the understanding of Human Development through the concept of Sanskaras.  These are milestones that give guidance on the psychology, education and many other paradigms of development during the particular stage.


Rite of passage is an anthropological definition of any important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one stage of life to another. In Bharatheeya Sanskriti, rite of passage or Sanskara is much more than a ritualistic celebration. In fact, the meaning of Sanskara is also education. Sixteen Sanskaras are specified and are collectively called Shodasa Sanskaras and are defining points in human life.


Sanskaras have significances that are emotional, social, economic, familial, ritualistic, emotional, intellectual, psychological, psychosomatic, neurological, educational and cosmic. These are genetic milestones that mark a huge opportunity for change at the subconscious level and opening new channels of life.


Sanskaras in a simple and spiritual way creates an understanding of the cycle of interdependence, dependence and interdependence. In each phase, between the Sanskaras, lies a redefinition of Human and Universal relationships. Performing Sanskaras for others is a Divine responsibility of every Bharatheeya and is taken up with sincerity by the society.


During Infancy and Childhood parents, family and society influence the human being who grows on to become an influencing adult. The transition stages defines Character, Personality and Individuality of a human being. The celebrations and traditions differ from community to community as also within the same culture. However, the Sanskaras represent genetic threshold points where the Mind is mellowed and the subconscious is receptive to inputs.


Shivanetra Trust conducts knowledge sharing sessions and provides guidance to parents and educators who seek the true meaning of Sanskaras.

Shodasa Sanskaras



Garbhaadanam Conception as an Intention Prenatal Universal Universe
Pumsavanam Gender Identity Third Month of Pregnancy Cosmic Universe
Seemantonayanam Completion of Human Awareness Seventh Month of Pregnancy Spiritual Universe
Jaatakarma Health and Immunity Upon Delivery Spiritual Nature
Nishkramana Contact with Nature Neo natal Sensorial Nature
Naamakarana Being Named Neo Natal Sensorial

Parents and family –  Influenced

Annapraashna Intake of Food Infancy Sensorial Parents and family –  Influenced
Karnavedana Bipedal Movement and Balance Infancy Sensorial Parents, society and family –  Influenced
Chudakarma Completion of Brain Development Infancy Sensorial Parents, society and family –  Influenced
Vidyaarambha Initiating Literacy Early Childhood Verbal Parents and Family



Initiating Spiritual Awareness


Early Childhood









Initiating Disciplic Learning Childhood Spiritual Guru
Ritushuddhi/ Keshantha


Attaining Puberty Teenage Spiritual / Transactional Guru
Samaavartana Initiating Role in Society Youth Spiritual / Transactional Guru
Vivaaha Initiating a Family Adult Life Spiritual / Transactional Spouse, Family and Society – Influencer
Antyeshti Moving ahead from the Physical Body Death Vibrational Universe