Just curious to know what do Vedas or Shastras say about a girl child? Like from when it's born to her journey of life.
Can someone give some references.?
In Vedas and shastras there are some rituals which are done for birth of a girl child.
Yajur Veda 22.22 “O Brahman, may here be born in the kingdom, the Brahmin illustrious for poetic knowledge; let there be born the Rajanya, heroic, skilled archer, piercing with shafts, mighty warrior; the cow giving abundant milk; the ox good at carrying; the swift courser; the industrious woman. May Parjanya send rain according to our desire; may our fruit-bearing plants ripen; may acquisition and preservation of property be secured to us.”
Asvalayana Grihya Sutra 1.2.1-5 “Now various indeed are the customs of the (different) countries and the customs of the (different) villages: those one should observe at the wedding. What, however, is commonly accepted, that we shall state. Having placed to the west of the fire a mill-stone, to the north-east (of the fire) a water-pot, he should sacrifice, while she takes hold of him. Standing, with his face turned to the west, while she is sitting and turns her face to the east, he should with (the formula), ‘I seize thy hand for the sake of happiness seize her thumb if he desires that only male children may be born to him; Her other fingers, (if he is) desirous of female (children); The hand on the hair-side together with the thumb, if desirous of both male and female children.“
Agni Purana 325. 20-22a “By this worship, a person desirous of getting a daughter would get a daughter, a person not having a son would get a son, an unfortunate woman would get fortune….”
As per Mahabharata, a girl child is equal to a boy.
Anushasan Parva 13.47.26 “The daughter, O king, has been ordained in the scriptures to be equal to the son.”