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Which sanskars are vital for overcoming defects in foetus?

This sanskār is performed on the first sixteen nights after the first menses following marriage. This period is referred to as the rutu period (rutukāl). Excluding the first four, eleventh and thirteenth nights, the remaining ten nights are considered suitable for this sanskar. According to some, the fourth day should also be included. It is said that one who wishes that a son be born to him should have intercourse with his wife on the days with an even number (4-6-8-10-12-14-16) and one who desires a daughter, on odd number days (5-7-9-11-15). The sanskar of Garbhādhān is forbidden on the fourth (Chaturthī), sixth (Shasthī), eighth (Ashtamī), fourteenth (Chaturdashī), new moon (Amāvasyā) and full moon (Pournimā) dates (tithis) of the Hindu lunar calendar. On any of the remaining dates and on Monday, Thursday and Friday and during the reign of the lunar asterisms Shrāva, Rohini, Hasta, Anuradha, Svati, Revati, the three Uttaras and Shatataraka the ritual should be performed after assessing a good propitious moon (chandrabal). Everything in Prakruti changes with time. Only Brahman is steady. Accordingly the fertilization of the ovum, the birth of a son or daughter, etc. vary with time. Thus based on these rules the dates, days of the week and lunar asterisms favourable for the birth of a son or daughter have been decided. Click here to read more.

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