Agharni Karvani Reet (Khoro Bharvani Reet).

Agarni na Lavra

Agharni is a ceremony performed for the mother-to-be. Each guest invited for this ceremony gets one Agharni Lavra to take home. 

  1. A small ses with clothes, rice, kanku (red vermillion), flower garland along with seven small agharni lavras are kept near the mother-to-be during the ceremony. 
  2. The mother-to-be goes into a private area and puts on the new sari, jewelry and comes out.
  3. The mother puts a fresh flower garland around her neck, a red tilli on her forehead, sprinkles rice over her and gives her heart-felt blessings and good wishes. 
  4. Now comes the khoro bharvani ceremony, the mother-in-law of the pregnant woman makes her daughter sit on a chair and places a coconut, wheat seeds, bananas, pomegranate and the agharni lavra (1 and 1/4thkg) in her sari pallav.
  5. The mother-to-be is then taken to her maternal house, where the same ceremony is repeated by her mother and the seven lavras are exchanged among the families.

(if done at same location go into a different room symbolizing the maternal house)

Agharni ceremony is now over.

Agharni is a ceremony performed for the mother-to-be. Each guest invited for this ceremony gets one AgharniLavra to take home. 

Agharni Karvani Reet (Khoro Bharvani Reet) is parsi indian and has roots from the Hindu  Khoro Bharvani Reet. Khoro is a gujarati word and means  “lap” of the mother-to-be.  Bharvani is translated to “fill”. Reet is translated “ceremony “.

The Agharni ceremony is performed in the seventh or in some cases, the ninth month of pregnancy.  This ceremony is performed only on a Thursday or Sunday. The pregnant woman receives a new set of clothes and a gold chain or bangles from her parents.  Specially made agharni lavra (cone-shaped mithai) is distributed among family members and friends. * The agharni ceremony is performed by five or seven married Parsi ladies, who are mothers themselves. 

In the olden days, the mother-to-be would go to her maternal house for her first delivery.  After the agharni ceremony is done, she would go to her maternal house on an auspicious day and stay there till the baby was about five months old.

* Special sweets called Agharnina Lavras are made from Moti Choor (Boondi) Ladoo mix for this ceremony.

These lavras are kept in the mother’s lap with a full set of Saree clothes, whole coconut decorated with tilli (red kanku to be used), sugar cubes (sakar) and flowers.

The easiest way is to buy ready made boondi ladoo. Take your cone from the Parsi Ses “Paro”and line it with parchment paper in the cone. Break the boondi ladoos and fill the cone tightly, pressing down to compress.

Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours or overnight. THe cone will come out looking like an agharni lavro. Roll gently in chopeed almonds and sprinkle with rose water. Apply Silver Foil varakh if you have any. OR wrap each lavro in coloured cellophane paper, tie with a ribbon (red) in a bow at the top.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Sanaya,
    Agarni ceremony is traditionally done only for the first born. It is for the “Mother-to-be” and child.
    However there is no restriction for the second-born if you want to celebrate as a baby shower 🙂
    Thanks,
    Rita aunty

  2. Is agarni ceremony done only for the first born?? Or for the second born too??

  3. the pregnant girl is given garland and kanku tikka done on her forehead. Larvas 7 in number r made and one big in size out of them is kept in the pallu of the sari along with the pan, supari kharak , wheat,nariyal. the girl is then taken to her mother’s house where it is emptied into the girl’s mother’s lap.
    after some drinks and snacks the same is repeated and she is brought back.and once again emptied on the boys mom’s lap. Ofcourse a cash envelope (amt of your choice) is also kept which i forgot to mention.
    everyone gives cash or gifts to the couple, enjoy food or snacks and thats it.

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