Hindu Rites of Passage

Hindu rites of passage are not mere formalities or social observances, but serve to purify the soul at critical junctions in life's journey. The word "samskara" means "mental impression," for the ceremonies help create a favourable mentality for stepping positively from one phase of life into the next. The samskaras are considered essential for the three higher (twice-born) varnas, and neglect of any ritual might render a member "fallen" from his status.

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