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Learn to educate your baby inside your womb

Last updated on: May 25, 2013 16:28 IST

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It is believed that child learns about outer world even when in mother's womb. Let it learn the right things.

Indian mythology has a lot of tales associated with Garbh Sanskar or educating the unborn child. With ancient roots, Garbh Sanskar is still given importance in India and also all over the world.


It is believed that child learns about outer world even when in mother's womb.

Abhimanyu Tale

In the Hindu epic, Mahabharata, there was a warrior named Abhimanyu (Arjun's son) who is said to have learnt a war skill when he was in the womb of his mother. He could only learn to decode and enter the trap (Chakarvyuh) because by that time her mother felt asleep.

This was one of the reasons why he was killed because he did not know how to come out of the trap. 


Welcome Little is a programme specially designed for the expecting parents to prepare them for welcoming their little one

Learn to educate your baby inside your womb

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Ashtavakra Tale

The sage Uddalaka, married her daughter Sujata to his best disciple Kahola (or Kahoda). When Sujata got pregnant, she had the desire of wanting her child to imbibe spirituality and intelligence. She began to sit in the classes taught by Uddalaka and Kahola, listening to their chanting of the Vedic Mantras.

One day, as Kahola was reciting the Vedas within the hearing distance of the child growing in the womb. The embryo was aware of the correct pronunciation of every syllable since Sujata used to attend classes with rapt attention. When Kahola pronounced a syllable wrong, the unborn baby spoke up and corrected his father Kahola.

It happened eight times which upset Kahola and he cursed his son to be born with eight deformities. The baby was born with eight bends and was named "Ashtavakra".

Learn to educate your baby inside your womb

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Prahalad Tale

The other mythology is the story of Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, born to an atheist and wicked demon King Hiranyakashypa. He learnt the mantra "Hari" from his womb when his mother was blessed by Narad. Although the name of God (Hari) was never uttered in the kingdom of his father, as an infant Prahlad started to chant "Hari" on his own.

Today's world

Pregnant women are suggested to stay away from stress and imbibe positive waves. Doctors tell women to stay active and busy to be out of any negative thoughts of mind. Yoga and meditation is also recommended to be at peace with yourself and your unborn child.

It is also encouraged to read books during pregnancy. Light soothing music and a nature walk not only refreshes the pregnant women but also is good for the baby.

Learn to educate your baby inside your womb

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What to do?

1. Think positive: Meet people with positive outlook and refrain entering negative talks.

2. Read books: Read books of your choice, you can also opt reading mythological books. Some mothers-to-be in fact enjoy reading fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Remember, NO to horror and suspense novels.

3. Practice Yoga and meditation: Come at peace with yourself and your thoughts. Give time to yourself. Stay active and healthy

4. Listen to music: Music is the best way to soothe and calm you.

5. Talk and bond with the baby: Both parents must talk to the baby in womb. You can also teach him/her values.