I have recently published an article ‘Hinduism on Children and Illegitimate Children”
I mentioned in the Post that the term Puthra denotes Son, Puthra means one who prevents parents entering a hell called ‘Pu or Puth”
I received a valid comment that if that were so, what about Puthri(Daughter)?
The term Puthra has many meanings ; one indicates ‘Deliver”
That is one who delivers parents from Puth.
Likewise Puthri has multiple meanings, one being worthy daughter.
In the case of a daughter the term Puthri is used in this sense.
Now there is some more interesting information on sons in Hinduism
There are twelve kinds of sons.
A son born to a wife of his own caste begot by the husband himself is called aurasputra.
If one dies without children or is impotent or possessed of a disease, his wife is lawfully allowed to lie with the brother of the husband to get a child. The son born of such a union is called ksetrajaputra.
When one is worrying miserably for getting a son and if at that time a husband and wife willingly hand over a son born to them by mutual consent with the following words :”This son becomes your own from now on,” with a religious sprinkling of water, such a son is called dattaputra.
A son adopted from one’s own caste for the purpose of doing the obsequial ceremonies for the manes is called kstrimaputra.
A son born to one’s wife by another man is called guudhotputra.
Where a son is rejected by either a father or mother or by both and that son is taken care of and brought up by another man, that son becomes an apaviddhaputra.
If a son is born to a virgin before marriage while living with her father, that son is called a kaninaputra.
When a girl is married while pregnant the son born to her after marriage is called a sahodhaputra.
A son purchased and bought up by a sonless man is called krtakaputra.
A son born to a woman after becoming a widow or after being divorced by her husband by her willingly going with another man is called a paunarbhavaputra.
When a son after becoming an orphan or after being abandoned by his parents goes willingly to another man and remains with him as his son is called Swayamdattaputra.
A son born to a brahmin of a shudra wife is called a shaudra (paarashava) putra.
In general, as a rule in this yuga (Kali yuga) only putra conceived into his own wife’s womb by the husband is allowed, and considered putra, as some of the others, due to the low and lusty nature of the qualities of this yuga some or all of these could be abused by unscrupulous men of this age.