Upacara Nelu Bulanin | 3 months old baby Hindu ceremony
Om Swastyastu ,,
Om Awignam Astu nama sidham…
The Ceremony in India…
Ceremony age of three months old baby in India called NISKARMANA. Said NISKARMANA in the field of ceremony means in English: “FIRST OUTING” or take baby out for the first time to see the sun. Every advance step of the baby’s life, since I was in the belly of the mother, since still in the house and now to step out of the house, each stage of baby’s life was accompanied by a religious ceremony. The environmental changes can alter the condition of the baby itself. In times of the baby changes is necessary to invoke presented to “Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa / God Almighty” that the baby was still protected. The ceremonies of securing the safety of the baby is the efforts of parents appeal presented to Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa / God Almighty for salvation, longevity and purity for the baby with all the elements involved in the birth process. The request was symbolized by a form of ceremonial offerings (upakara) which vary according to the purpose. In this ‘NISKARMANA’ ceremony, in the yard of the house made a big rectangular shape which includes distributed rice, from the place that the baby was taken to see the sun. The baby’s father to hold the baby with the baby’s face is directed to the sun. The baby was dressed in beautiful clothes then invited to the place of worship of the house. The cult was in that place with ushered by priests chanting Vedic forward Almighty God, witnessed by the gods guard the eight winds and the sun god, the moon god and the god of the sky.
What abaut in Bali?
‘Nelu bulanin’ ceremony in Bali is infants ceremony aged three months to do 105 days after the baby was born as the first month of the calendar bali is 35 days so that the three months instead of 90 days but 105 days. The ceremony was held in their own households, this ceremony is the most important because it will never again be held during his lifetime. If the ceremony on time gain of 6 months old will be repeated for several times every 6 months. But the ceremony three months of this only one time held as a farewell ceremony with the “four brothers” who follow and help the baby when he was born (Bhuta Nyom, Bhuta Rah, Bhuta Ari-ari, and Bhuta Tabunan, after the ceremony renamed to : Angga Pati, Raja Pati, Baras Pati and Baras Pati Raja). This separation is only releasing negative element carried by ‘four brothers’ of the baby, but his mental elements still remain close and could help the baby until his old age. Offerings in this ceremony is divided into three kinds, and placed on three levels, namely the upper, middle and lower. The upper level is intended presented to God Almighty, the middle level is addressed to humans (infant) and lower levels aimed at the negative elements which will be set aside (four baby brothers).
In the implementation of the ceremony, at the first, priest lead the ceremony for the four brothers baby symbolized by stones, eggs, charcoal and pumpkins that are respectively held by the family, in addition to the heart of the banana as a symbol of a baby wrapped in cloths and given a gold bracelet and necklace. Priest anoint these symbols with holy water and fresh flour. Then they surround the jars filled with water put money in it as a living symbol of life. The ceremony finished all symbols / emblem is put together and will be exiled as a sign that the body is dirty they are released from the baby’s body, but the mental element remains close and helping with the baby to the old. Next, necklaces and bracelets as well as the fabric of ‘bajang colong’ released to then be charged to the baby. Furthermore ceremony addressed directly to the baby itself. Babies carried by her mother witnessed by his father, the baby gets the anointing with holy water and spells, particularly the mantras to the Sun God (Surya RADITYA) for the safety of the baby. Holy water is sprinkled on top of the head, drunk and rubbed on his face as a symbol for the baby to the holy in thought, word and deed. On the baby’s head is looped ‘Karawista’ (alloy leaf reeds and red flowers wrapped in leaves of hibiscus), on top of his head placed threads of three colors, on the forehead and temples laid ‘Bija’ (white rice is intact and fragrant) all of which are symbolic of purity and protection for the baby. After the completion ceremony of the baby and then continue the ceremony for his father and mother in the same order. Thus the ceremony of three months old baby was finished covered with ‘sradha’ which together taste rest of offering (meals) that has been sanctioned of God.
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti Om