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Ear Piercing Ceremony Karnavedhana Samskara

By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Karna Vedhana Samskara is a ceremony by which the earlobe of the kid is pierced. Like the opposite ceremonies, this one too is widely known amidst household, buddies and nicely wishers in a ritualistic means.
Karna = ear / earlobe
Vedha / Vedhana = piercing
Samskara = ceremony / ritual
Additionally it is referred to as Karn Vedhan Sanskar
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When is that this ceremony carried out?

Earlobe piercing ceremony is widely known within the 6th or 7th month of the kid’s life.
There’s distinction of opinion relating to the time interval by which this ceremony is carried out.
In accordance with Grasp Sushruta – it’s carried out within the 6th or 7th month.
In accordance with Grasp Vagbhata, it shall be carried out within the 6th, 7th or 8th month.
In accordance with Grasp Dalhana, commentator of Sushruta Samhita, 6th or 7th month is to not be counted from delivery of the kid however shall be counted from the ‘Bhadrapada month’ of the Hindu calendar. Thus, 6th or 7th month by which earlobe piercing ceremony must be performed falls within the Magha or Phalguna months of the Hindu calendar.

What’s the logic of conducting the earlobe piercing ceremony throughout this time interval?
These two months i.e. Magha and Phalguna fall within the Shishira season of the Hindu calendar i.e. late winter season. Earlobe piercing is finished on this season as a result of the kid can have optimum energy on this season. There can even be much less risk of the wound (if any brought about as a result of piercing) getting suppurated throughout this season. Even when the wound will get suppurated, it will get healed in fast time.
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Process of conducting earlobe piercing

Grasp Sushruta has given an in depth account of ear piercing ceremony and the issues encountered through the process.

The twofold goal of conducting earlobe piercing ceremony is –

  • Raksha karma – as a protecting measure for the kid
  • Abhushana nimitta – for planting ear ornaments (ear ring and many others)

carry out the ceremony?

An auspicious day, star constellation and second is chosen through the brighter half of the lunar cycle, within the 6th or 7th month as already talked about.

Auspicious rituals and holy recitations must be carried out. Following this, the kid must be positioned within the lap of wet-nurse or male youngster attendant.

The kid must be given with toys to play to divert the eye of the kid from the ceremonious procedures.

Now the doctor ought to gently pull the ear of the kid together with his left hand whereas holding a sterile needle in his proper hand. With the assistance of the needle the doctor ought to cautiously pierce the earlobe of the kid precisely on the pure orifice on the middle of the lobe via which the daylight passes. This orifice is known as as Daivakrita Chidra i.e. ‘God made pure orifice’. The needle must be pierced straight with out inflicting discomfort to the kid. The needle used must be skinny. In case of male youngster, the proper earlobe must be pierced first. Alternatively, the left earlobe shall be pierced in case of feminine youngster. After piercing the earlobe, the doctor ought to progressively insert a medicated / lubricated wick into the orifice.

Grasp Vagbhata emphasizes {that a} mark must be performed on the earlobe whereby it must be punctured. Later the doctor ought to pierce that mark straight and fast with a needle with out inflicting discomfort. The piercing ought to neither be performed too above or too beneath or an excessive amount of to the aspect of the mark. It must be performed straight on to the mark made on the earlobe.
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Indicators of correct earlobe piercing

When the piercing is finished on the proper spot of the earlobe as talked about above it doesn’t trigger bleeding or ache. Quite the opposite whether it is performed at flawed place apart from the talked about level of the earlobe, it should absolutely trigger ache and bleeding. Within the ‘naturally fashioned divine orifice of earlobe’ talked about in Ayurveda texts, there can be absence of veins, arteries and nerves. Subsequently when pierced in that spot there arises no query of bleeding or ache. In locations apart from this spot since there can be presence of loads of blood vessels, bleeding will clearly happen. The presence of nerves in these locations will trigger ache when pierced in these locations.

Impact of piercing and damaging the blood vessels and nerves within the ear

In accordance with Ayurveda, there are three sorts of siras i.e. blood vessels and nerves within the exterior ear. They’re –

  • Kalika – piercing or injuring these buildings causes fever, swelling, ache and burning sensation.
  • Marmarika – piercing or injuring these buildings causes fever, ache and knots.
  • Lohitika – piercing or injuring these buildings causes stiffness of the nape of the neck, tetanus, stiffness within the head, earache and different signs.

In these situations symptomatic therapy shall be performed.

Different causes of signs brought about as a result of flawed piercing of earlobe

Therapy for issues brought about as a result of earlobe piercing

If there may be swelling or ache within the ear, the cotton wick launched contained in the orifice must be instantly eliminated.
The paste of the beneath talked about herbs must be repeatedly utilized combined with ghee and honey on the wound till it will get fully healed –

  • Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • Roots of Ricinus communis
  • Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
  • Barley – Hordeum vulgare
  • Sesame

As soon as the wound will get healed, earlobe must be as soon as once more pierced correctly as defined above.

If the piercing has been performed correctly, the orifice must be continuously showered / sprinkled with unripe oil of sesame. Each different day thicker unctuous wicks must be launched into the pierced orifice and the orifice showered with unripe oil of sesame.

When all of the contaminants and issues cool down, the orifice shall be expanded to any desired measurement by utilizing small sized dilators.

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