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Sikhism Hymns of Hope and Blessings For a Child

Sikh Prayers On Behalf of a Child

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Sikh prayers of blessing and celebration on behalf of a child are taken from Sikhism' sacred scripture the Guru Granth Sahib. Hymns of hope may be sung or recited on many occasions:

  • Parents hoping to conceive.
  • Expectant parents expressing joy upon conception.
  • 120th Day Celebration ushering in the soul.
  • Celebrating the successful birth of an infant.
  • Janam Sanskar ceremony to name an infant.
  • Celebrating the birthday of a child of any age.
  • Mother's or Father's Day blessings for a child.

4. Joyous Thanks for Successful Childbirth: "Parmaesar Ditaa Bannaa"

Sikh Mother and Newborn
Photo © [Courtesy Rajnarind Kaur]

This hymn is from the scripture of the Guru Granth Sahib and is a composition by Guru Arjun Dev, the fifth spiritual master of the Sikhs. "Parmaesar Ditaa Bannaa" is a prayer of celebration. This hymn may be sung or recited on behalf of a mother for successful childbirth, or for giving joyous thanks to the merciful creator upon the safe delivery of her child. This hymn may be performed on the occasion of a newborn’s presentation to the Guru Granth Sahib as a part of the Sikh baby naming ceremony.

3. Mother's Blessing: "Poota Mata Kee Asees"

Sikh Child Birthday Celebration with Cake
Photo © [Kulpreet Singh]

This hymn, "Poota Mata Kee Asees," is from the scripture of the Guru Granth Sahib. The fifth spiritual master of the Sikhs, Guru Arjun Dev composed this prayer which expresses a mother's hope for her child's well being. The hymn is sung on behalf of a child of any age as a mother's birthday blessing and plea that love for the Divine shall ever blossom in her childs being.

2. Celebration of Conception and Birth: "Jamia Poot Bhagat Govind Ka"

An Expectant Mother
Photo © [S Khalsa]

Arjun Dev the fifth guru composed "Jamia Poot Bhagat Govind Ka" a hymn from the scripture of the Guru Granth Sahib. This hymn may be sung as a blessing in honor of a child's conception and as a prayer of joyous celebration at the time of birth or on any birthday occasion.

1. Why Worry: "Kaahae Rae Man Chitveh Udam"

Flamingos fly away but the Creator looks after their young.
Artistic Impression © [S Khalsa]

The hymn, "Kaahae Rae Man", composed by Fifth Guru Arjun Dev, is a selection from Guru Granth Sahib. It is also one the evening prayers of Nitnem. If, like most parents, you worry about your children, you may find this hymn comforting as it is a reminder that everything is managed by the supreme divine power of the Creator who looks after even the young of flamingos who fly away.

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