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What is a samskara?

A samskara is a religious ceremony which marks each of the 16 important stages that everyone passes through from birth to death.

1

How many samakaras are there in the life of a Hindu?

There are 16 samakaras in a Hindu person's life.

2

What is the sacred syllable.

The sacred syllable is 'aum' which represents the most important Hindu gods:
Brahma
Vishnu
Shiva

3

Why is the sacred syllable written on the tongue of every new born Hindu baby?

It symbolises the importances of the 3 gods to Hindus.

4

What happens at the fifth samskara?

The priest uses the birth horoscope to suggest certain syllables to form the baby's name.

5

Why is honey used to write the aum symbol on the baby's tongue?

Honey is sweet and the baby won't choke on honey.