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Recently in March 2020 month, we performed the Munj/Thread/Janeau/Upanayana ceremony of my 10 year old son. During the actual Muhurtam time ritual (which was at 9:52 am), my wife was not allowed to view this ceremony according to the Hindu ritual.

Is this a traditional practice in Munj ceremony? Why can't a mother see this specific ritual? What are the reasons for the same?

My personal opinion :

Mother should be allowed to view this ritual in "Munj" ceremony.

  • the maha mantra is not supposed to be taught to or chanted by any non-dwija (those who are not qualified to wear sacred-thread). that is why they cover the mantra-upadesa with a cloth, and ideally only father and son should be there (4 ears), but nowadays even father doesn't know mantra, so the guru is also inside the cloth (6 ears). so your personal opinion is not accepted by shastras. – ram Sep 16 at 8:00
  • Thanks Ram. But other people are able to view this ritual other than mother for the mantra said by father to son in the cloth. – Prashant Akerkar Sep 16 at 8:39
  • wait.. what did you mean by mother is not allowed to see the ritual - did you mean not allowed to see inside the cloth, or not allowed in the mandap itself ? maunji dharan is wearing a thread around the waist - so it's possible they did it because the boy has grown up and should not be seen naked by mother anymore – ram Sep 16 at 8:50
  • Thanks Ram. The Mother is able to watch all the rituals except the Muhurtam time where the father offers a garland to his son and son offering a garland to his father similar to a marriage. This ritual is excluded to be watched by mother which occurs at Muhurtam time. What are the reasons? – Prashant Akerkar Sep 16 at 9:00
  • right tying the maunji rope is the first time the boy is considered 'grown up' - till then he runs around naked in front of the mother. that's my guess, so it's better to ask your purohit itself directly – ram Sep 16 at 9:24

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