Activities‎ > ‎

Samskaras and Pujas

Following are the various Samskaras offered at the Krishna Balarama Mandir:
  • Seemantha
  • Anna Prasna
  • Nama Karana
  • Grha Pravesha
  • Vidyarambha
  • Ashtottara Puja
  • Narasimha Homa
If you are interested to get any of the Samskara performed on your behalf, please contact us. 

Religious services price sheet
S. No.Religious ServicesConducted at temple without homaConducted at temple with homaConducted at home without homaConducted at home with homa
1Nama Karana$101 $151 $125 $175
2Anna Prasna$101 $151 $125 $175
4Seemantha$101 $151 $125 $175
5Ashtottara PujaYatha ShakthiN/AN/AN/A
6Grha PraveshaN/AN/A$151 $251
7Narasimha HomaN/AN/AN/A$251
Notes :
- Any other special puja' : please contact us at and 408 657 8485
- For catering service and dining hall usage along with above samskara, there are separate charges. Please contact or 408 657 8485"
- Most of the ingredients will be provided by temple. Temple priest may ask very minimal items to be arranged for the puja.
- Priest dakshina is voluntary.

- For religious services performed at home which are more than 25 miles away from the temple, an additional fee of $50 will be charged

Following is an introduction to Samskaras and details about various Samskaras:

Samskaras - Introduction and Meaning

Srila Prabhupada says,

“Samskara means purificatory method. It is a process of purification. Samskara means educational process to elevate oneself. Just like a child is sent to school, college, for elevating him to a higher standard of life by knowledge, similarly, these samskaras are also like that. One must undergo the samskaras, the reformatory method, and act in life. janmanä jäyate südraù samskäräd bhaved dvijaù. One takes birth from the father and mother, but one is considered a südra, or a lower grade person by birth, janmanä jäyate südraù. Birth is not all, everything. Samskära means culture. One has to take his rebirth, by culture, by education, by knowledge. That is called cultural birth, samskäräd bhaved dvijaù”.

Samskäras enable one to progress peacefully towards the ultimate existence, to reach the Absolute. Vaishnavas will find through their performance the means to hold all the trumps on the long path to spiritual advancement. Through samskäras we can sanctify relations between parents and children, between husband and wife, between master and disciple, between humans on earth, between men and the deceased, between men and demigods, the sages and the Supreme Lord. Samskäras drive away the evil influences of the visible and invisible worlds and attract the blessings of the sages, demigods and the Supreme Lord Himself. In the absence of samskäras, life’s activities become mundane.

Srila Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvati Thäkura, a great äcärya in the line of Chaitanya Mahäprabhu accepted the Sat-kriyä-dipikä of Srila Gopäla Bhatta Gosvämi as the only valid samskära handbook for future generations of Vaisñavas. Hence we at Sri Krishna Balarama temple, Sunnyvale will be performing the samskäras as outlined in the Sat-kriyä-dipikä of Srila Gopäla Bhatta Gosvämi.

Seemantha - A Ceremony Where the Husband Parts His Wife’s Hair by drawing a Middle Line

This Ceremony is meant to make the future mother mentally peaceful and happy. It is important that the mother be mentally healthy for the embyo to develop perfectly. Thus the Sémantonnayana plays a protective role by chasing away from the woman’s mind all kinds of subtle entities that enjoy disturbing the mind. For this the husband passes over her head a bunch of mango leaves (drshti). This ceremony also protects the womb. The Ayurveda also recommends that pregnant women do not wander alone at night since bhutas (subtle entites) are attracted to fetuses. This ceremony is traditionally performed with the help of a porcupine quill which act as real antennae by transmitting cosmic energy
  • This ritual thus performed gives good brain to the child.
  • Kusha grass can also be used
  • Pairs of nicely decorated hair pins are used to further beautify the future mother’s hairs for her pleasure
Anna Prasna - First Food Grains

This rite must be performed on an auspicious day of the sixth or eighth month after the birth of the child if it’s a boy, and during the fifth, seventh or ninth month if it’s a girl. Teething is a good means to know when the child is ready to eat solid food. His attitude changes and he often cries as he is searching for such foodstuffs.

Sushruta, a famous doctor recommends that one prepare for this samskara some light food, like rice pudding, that will be first offered to the Deity, for the child should be fed during this ceremony, the priest asks Lord Vaishvanara (Vishnu) to enter the child’s body to accept solid foods he will eat throughout his life. Lord Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita (15.14):
ahaṁ vaiśvānaro bhūtvā
prāṇināṁ deham āśritaḥ
pacāmy annaṁ catur-vidham

“I am the fire of digestion in the bodies of all living entities, and I join with the air of life, outgoing and incoming, to digest the four kinds of foodstuffs.”

Nama Karana - Name-giving Ceremony

A child should receive his name on the tenth, eleventh, twelfth, twenty-first (this is most favorable), hundred and first day, or exactly one year after birth, or on an auspicious day like Purnima. A good combination of sounds, when forming a name in harmony with the person receiving it (according to his time of birth), has a most important effect. The sound vibration which will follow and identify a person for the greater part of his life will have a significant effect on the person.

Grha Pravesha - Entering New Living Facilities (House, Shop, Center etc.)

Apart from observing an auspicious date, the Grhapravesha ceremony is a vital aspect and it is compulsory before moving into a house, whether rented or owned. In Indian tradition, the Grhapravesha ceremony is regarded as second in importance to the Vasthu. Sastra says that all dwelling spaces are alive with unseen entities and prayers are necessary to purify the space from negative energy and to allow the flow of positive energy into the property. It is believed that unholy vibrations may have resided in the vacant space, which is why prayers are conducted asking the unseen forces to leave before new, protective energies are invited to occupy the space.

It is recommended that a priest perform the Grhapravesha ceremony because it involves several levels of cleansing. In Vedic tradition, the sacred rites are performed to bestow good health, wealth, peace and prosperity to the house owner.

Narasimha Homa - Reciting Narasimha Kavacha and 108 names of Narasimhadeva
A Narasimha homa is the most powerful and potent remedy either to fulfill the cherished goals in your life or to avoid dangerous and fatal disasters. It entails reciting the Kavaca and the 108 names of Narasimhadeva. Narasimhadeva is addressed as bhakti vigna vinasana or the person who removes obstacles that a person may find on the spiritual path. Very often devotees pray to Him to also protect them from adversity and sickness.