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Different varieties of sweets served on a Pumsavana function.

Pumsavana (Sanskrit: पुंसवन, Puṁsavana) (literally: engendering a male issue) is the second of the 16 saṃskāras (sacraments) practiced by the Hindus.[1] It is performed in the third or fourth month of pregnancy. The pregnant women consume one bead of barley and two beads of black grain along with a little turd accompanied by religious chanting. The relatives offer lots of Indian sweets to the pregnant woman.


  1. ^ Pandey, R.B. (1962, reprint 2003). The Hindu Sacraments (Saṁskāra) in S. Radhakrishnan (ed.) The Cultural Heritage of India, Vol.II, Kolkata:The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, ISBN 81-85843-03-1, p.392