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This oblation of akshata is Raaka’s and not mine. According to Paraskara Grihya Sutra, after the partition of the hair the husband ties a small udumbara branch around the neck of the wife with a string of three twisted threads, with the chant: ayamoorjvaavato vrksha urjjeeva phalaani bhaveti As this tree is full of ripe fruits, may you be fulfilled with the birth of a healthy child. 6) The reference to a string of three twisted threads appears to have a strong similarity to the practice of preparing the mangalyam in South Indian tradition.
Yatheva soma: pavate yathaa samudra ejati evam te garbha ejatu sahajaraayunaa nishkramya pratitishtha tvaayushi brahmavarchasi yashasi veeryennadye dasha maasaamca shayano dhaatraa hi tathaa hi ktam etu garbho akshato jeevo jeevantyaa: May the delivery of the baby be as smooth as the juice oozing out of the soma or as the gentle waves of the ocean. May the baby be bestowed with long life, growing up to be brilliant, radiant, successful and strong. May the baby be delivered by the mother at the end of the ordained period of ten months, with a prosperous life for them both.
Similarly rivers of North America may also be invoked by including major river systems and a local river in the United States as in the shloka shown here. gangeca yamunecaiva godaavaree saraswati narmadaa sindhu kaaveri jale:smin sannidhim kuru kolambiyaa kolaraado caiva missoori misisippee riyograande ca hadsanca kanetikat nadeenaam jale:smin sannidhim kuru apavitra: pavitrovaa sarvaavasthaam gatopivaa yasmaret pundareekaaksham baahyaabhyantara shshuchi: O waters of Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri, please manifest yourselves here.