Keshanta

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Keshanta (Sanskrit: केशान्त, Keśānta) (literally, cutting the hair) is the thirteenth of the sixteen saṃskāras (sacraments) practiced by the Hindus. This saṃskāra is connected with the first shaving of a student's beard when his age is about 16 years; the procedure of this saṃskāra is almost the same as that of the Chudakarana. This saṃskāra was also known as the Godana (giving a cow) or the Godanakarman (rite of giving a cow), as the student offered a cow to the teacher at the end of the ceremony.[1] According to the Manusmriti (II.65), this saṃskāra should be performed for a Brahmin in the sixteenth year (from conception), for a Kshatriya in the twenty-second year and for a Vaishya in the twenty-fourth year.[2]

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  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, pp.390-413
  2. ^ Buhler, George (2009) [1886]. The Laws of Manu. BiblioLife. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-559-07692-3.