Book 10: Fifth Chapter (First Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 5: Verses 1-14
Festivities connected with the Birth of Lord Sri Krsna at Gokula
Sri Suka resumed : Calling in Brahmanas, well-versed in the art of fortune-telling and having made them repeat benedictory hymns, the high-souled Nanda, on the other hand, who was rejoiced at the thought of a son having been born to him (in his ripe old age), and who had just bathed and attained purity (thereby) and was (duly) adorned, had the Jatakarm ceremony actually performed with respect to the Babe according to precept and (also) caused the manes and gods (in the form of Nandi-Sraddha and so on) to be worshipped. He gave away to the Brahmanas two lakhs of newly calved and richly adorned cows as well as seven mountain-like piles of sesamum seeds studded with a vast number of precious stones and covered with a piece of gold cloth. Material substances get purified through passage of time, bath and washing, sacraments, asceticism, sacrificial performances, charitable gifts and contentment; while the soul is purified through Self-knowledge (alone). Brahmanas as well as Sutas, Magadhas and Vandis uttered benedictory words; songsters sang songs, while kettledrums and larger drums sounded again and again.
- This ceremony consists in touching the tongue of a new-born male child thrice with ghee after appropriate prayrs.
- It is customary among the Hindus to give away heaps of sesamum seeds on the auspicious occasion of the birth of a son.
- These terms have been defined in following couplet:- सूता: पौरणिका: प्रोक्ता वंशसंशका:। वन्दिनस्त्वमलप्रज्ञा: प्रस्तावसदृश्योक्तय:" Sutas are those who recite stories from the Pranas; Magdhas are no other than bards reciting the glories of ancestores of king: while Vandis are those who make observations suited to particular occasions."