By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Sosyanti-karma, SosyantI-karma, Sosyanti-karma
Sosyantī-karma literally means ‘a rite for a woman about to deliver’.
This is a very ancient rite meant for the safe delivery of the baby from the mother who is in labor pains. The mantras from the Ṛgveda and the Atharvaveda are used as prayers and magical chants for the safety of both the mother and the baby. Keeping the Turyanti plant at the feet of the woman about to deliver the baby and sprinkling the water collected from a river or a spring on her head by her husband with appropriate mantras is an important aspect of this rite.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore