|Godh bharai is a baby shower celebrated during pregnancy to welcome the unborn baby to the family and bless the mother-to-be with abundant joys of motherhood.In Hindi, godh bharai literally means to ‘fill the lap’ with abundance.|
When is godh bharai done?
It depends on the community the family belongs to. In some families the ceremony is held when the mother-to-be completes her Seventh month of pregnancy. It is believed that after the seventh month, the baby and mother are in a safe phase. In some families it is celebrated at the end of the eighth month. Some families also choose not to have a godh bharai ceremony and prefer to have a puja only after the birth of the baby.
How is godh bharai performed ?
While the rituals followed in various parts of the country on the occasion of godh bharai may differ, the essence remains the same – to bless the unborn baby and shower the pregnant mum-to-be with blessings and gifts.
In some homes, the pregnant mum-to-be is anointed with special oils by the elderly women in the family. She is then dressed up in a special saree and adorned with flowers. A puja is performed by a Hindu Priest before the festivities begin. Consult with hindu priest for auspicious puja Muhurat , Day & time.
Traditionally, godh bharai is a ‘women-only’ gathering. The ceremony may include adorning the mum-to-be with jewellery, making her wear bangles, filling her lap with gifts, fruits and sweets and laying out a feast before her. It is also common for the ceremony to be filled with singing, dancing and a fair amount of teasing and fun.
In most traditional homes, gifts such as bangles, clothes or cash are given only for the mum-to-be. Gifts for the baby are given only after the birth.