Seemantham

Seemantham
This is performed during the period between the fifth and the eighth months of pregnancy. The specific materials used during this Samskara, are for the lady only. They are, the quill of a porcupine, an ear of ripe paddy and some Udumbara leaves. The deity invoked is Rekha, the presiding deity of the full moon. Their implications are: that the pregnancy should be fruitful; the child should be endowed with sharp and penetrating intellect (like the sharp quill of the porcupine). The child should be beautiful like the full moon. The gist of the Mantra is: “I beseech the goddess Rekha. May she make this ceremony blemish less. May my child be endowed with sharp intellect.” During the ceremony the pregnant woman should enjoy music, especially on the veena. At the close of the ceremony she touches a male calf, symbolizing a son.

Seemantham

ItemQuantity
Turmeric powder1 Packet
Kumkum1 Packet
Sandalwood powder/tablets/paste1 Packet
Agarbatthi1 Packet
Betel leaves15
Betel Nuts1 Small Packet
Flowers2 Bouquets
Bananas12
5 Variety of fruitsFew of each kind
Coconuts5
Rice2 pounds
For Puja at home, the following items, in  addition to the above
Kalasam1
Saffron, Cloves, Cardamom, Pachha karpooramSmall quantities for Kalasam
Mango Leaves1 Packet
Pancha Patram and Udharani or Unused Cup and spoon1
Kodam1
Bell1
Deepam ( Lamps )1
Aluminum baking trays (medium size)2
Dry coconut2
Fire wood chips1 Packet
Ghee1 pound
Havan samagri1 Packet
Bricks6
Camphor1 Packet
Paper towels1 Roll
Trays for fruits and flowers5
Naivedyam (prasadam)Rava kesari, And / Or Sweet Pongal
Milk1 cup
BanglesAs desired
Garland 2
Quarters40 Coins
DressesFor couple
Sweets for distributionAs per their tradition