Infants upto the age of five years suffer from a lot of unspecified infections, diseases,disorders and many die.
Most of the medicines prescribed for Infants are only supportive in nature and a cure.
And modern Medicine has a name if the reason for the disease is not known.
The medicine that is prescribed for Allergies are some times allergic themselves!..
When I was young I used to fall sick frequently and medicines were of no avail.
I heard from my parents that they used to perform Ayush Homa, on the day of my birth star , till my fifth year.
I have been cured of the frequent diseases, my parents used to say.
As an aside, Hindus do not celebrate Birth days,possibly because one year gone is that much nearer to death!
However Sastras say that Ayush Homa is to be performed for the child till it completes five years.
This is prevent Infant Mortality and to ward of infections and unknown diseases.
There is also Balarishta.
Balarishta is the Sanskrit word that means infant mortality, but astrologically it actually indicates a Dosha, a misfortune more in terms of ill-health during infancy and childhood than of any other kind of adversity that can strike a person at that age. Therefore, it is an affliction in the Natal Chart or Query Chart, an ava-yoga (evil yoga), which need not necessarily indicate early death, for death occurs only if the planetary infliction is severe and there are no other yogas indicating a longer term of life counter – acting Balarishta Dosha. In Astrology the most difficult task is the determination of one’s age i.e. span of life, time of death and Balarishta.
Whether one believes in Astrology or not, every one wants the Infant to be healthy and safe from Diseases.
One does not lose anything by performing certain Poojas to ward off this..
Karuka(Cyndon dactylon),அருகம்புல் Homa may be performed at Guruvayoor Krishna temple.
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