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A Hindu Bengali ritual "SAADH' or wish'

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The ritual of SAADH or wish performed according to Hindu Bengali rites for pregnant women.Mainly from the parental side. The first is performed on the fifth month of pregnancy,the Panchammrita. Second on the seventh month the Saptammrita. These two are mainly for wishing the well beings of the would be mother and her unborn child. Has to observe rules according to the religion. Requires priests to conduct the whole episode. This is totally a female ritual,males has no role except for arranging the materials for it. The main ritual is performed on the ninth month of pregnancy. When menus, as per the SAADH or wish of the pregnant woman is served to her. New cloths are given to her.To the fulfillment of her wish. Hundreds of years ago, when the ritual was came in vogue had a different meaning. Seriousness of that meaning has almost faded now. Thanks to the advancement of medical science.It has become a joyful ritual now. Think, the problems of child birth of just a hundred year ago? The…