An ancient Indian practice performed during pregnancy, Garbh Sanskar is believed to form the character and personality of the baby inside the womb. Different types of practices including meditation, yoga, mantra recitation, music listening and others are performed by the expecting mother. The meaning of Garbh is womb and Sanskar means teaching right things. Thus Garbh Sanskar refers to educating the fetus in a womb. Many parents found Garbh Sanskar interesting and beneficial.
This type of practices is considered to be responsible for giving shape to the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health of the child that is not yet born. Garbh Sanskar is an amazing way of teaching all the good things to the baby in the mother’s womb. Though it seems strange, it is a scientifically proven method. Chanting mantras and listening to music are great ways to create a positive impact on the unborn baby.
What makes Garbh Sanskar highly popular is the proven relevance in the fetus’ development. There is scientific evidence about the response of the baby inside its mother’s womb to the outside stimulus. Researchers have proved that a fetus can listen and respond. Thoughts of the mother create a considerable effect on the baby in the womb due to the hormonal secretions activated. Not only is Garbh Sanskar good for education and development of fetus but also for the physical well being of the mother.
Garbh Sanskar Mantra
Mantras are great at creating positive energy and chanting phrases provide purity and peace of mind. Different mantras have their own specific purposes. By chanting mantras, not only the expecting mother but also the unborn baby gets good qualities. Reciting Mantra is an ancient practice which generates powerful vibrations responsible for creating a positive environment. Garbh Sanskar provides an opportunity to incorporate spiritual thoughts in a child right from its development in the womb. This method should be used to raise the sattva guna (good qualities). Here are some good mantras and shlokas that a woman should chant or listen during her pregnancy.
1. The Gayatri Mantra: Gives Enlightenment and Confidence
“Om bhur bhuvah svah,
tat savitur varenyam,
bhargo devasya dhimahi,
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat”
Meaning: May we attain the excellent glory of Lord Davitar.
2. The Manojavam Mantra: Provides Strong Will Power and Strength
This mantra is chanted as a prayer to Lord Hanuman for acquiring strength and will power.
“Mano Javam Maaruta Tulya Vegam
Jitendriyam Buddhi Mataam Varissttha,
Vaata Atmajam Vaanara Yuutha Mukhyam
Shri Rama Duutam Sharannam Prapadye ”
Meaning: I take shelter in the Hanuman who is fast as wind and swift at mind, who is the master of all senses and respect for wisdom, learning, and intelligence, who is the son of God Wind and the chief of monkeys. I take refuge of the messenger of Lord Rama.
3. The Saraswati Mantra: Gives Intelligence and Knowledge
“Ya Kundendu Tusharahara Dhavala Ya Shubhra Vastravrita
Ya Veena Varadanda Manditakara Ya Shveta Padmasana
Ya Brahmachyuta Shankara Prabhritibihi Devaih Sada Pujita
Sa Mam Pattu Saravatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha Jadyapaha”
Meaning: She is pure like jasmine with the coolness of moon and snow. She shines like the garland of pearls and wears white garments. She has Veena in her hands and is the giver of boons. She is seated in white lotus and adored by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv and other gods too. Goddess Saraswati, please protect me.
4. Vishnu Mantra: Makes an Ideal Person
This mantra is a prayer to Lord Vishnu who is the lord of all the lokas and removes all fears.
“Shaanta Aakaaram Bhujaga Shayanam Padma Naabham Sura Isham
Vishva Aadhaaram Gagana Sadrsham Megha Varnna Shubha Anggam,
Lakshmi Kaantam Kamala Nayanam Yogibhir Dhyaana Gamyam
Vande Vissnnum Bhava Bhaya Haram Sarva Loka Eka Naatham”
Meaning: Lord Vishnu has a serene appearance and he rests on a serpent. He is the Lord of all devas and has a lotus on his navel. He is the husband of Goddess Lakshmi and he has a holy and beautiful body. Lord Vishnu is attainable by meditation and removes all fears.
Garbh Sanskar Music
Just like the mantra, music influences the fetus in the mother’s womb positively. The sound of musical instruments and different ragas create positive vibrations in the pregnant lady’s mind and heart as well as the unborn baby. Music is quite helpful for the overall development of mind, body and the soul of the baby. Below are some useful Garbh Sanskar CDs and music which can be listened during pregnancy.
A beautiful composition by Mahua Mukherjee, Tu Hi Jivan is a relaxing song which demonstrates a mother’s emotions towards her unborn baby in the womb as she waits eagerly for the arrival of the little one.
The Raksha Raksha shloka is composed using Mishra Ahir Bhairo raga. This shloka is generally recited early in the morning and is helpful in seeking blessings for the protection of the expecting mother. The melody is highly relaxing and is a nice way to bring peace of mind and soul.
This shloka is composed using the Rageshri raga. It is considered to reflect the expecting mother’s emotions and is highly soothing. This shloka is used to seek blessings for the pregnant lady and her baby.
This shloka, composed using the Shri raga and is recited to seek blessings from the holy and auspicious goddess for the safe and healthy delivery of the baby.
Composed using Jog raga, the shloka means seeking protection for the pregnant lady from Lord Shiva. Not only this, those people interested in planning family or those who are childless can recite this shloka to be blessed with a healthy baby.