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Karnavedha (IAST: Karṇavedha) (literally, ear-piercing) is piercing the ears. This is done with a particular thorn.

Karnavedha is described in multiple online sources, as addition to our editors' articles, see section below for printable documents, Karnavedha books and related discussion.

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Birth and childhood customs
The Piercing of the Ears Ceremony (Karnavedha Samskara).
Karnavedha - Self-esteem development ceremony, to help improve one's image and self-respect. It further enhances one's responsibility.
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Aitareya and Kausitaki Brahmanas – A Translation
Aitareya and Kausitaki Brahmanas. The Cultivating Samaskaras are 8 in number. They are: 1) Karnavedha.
Puja services 2009
Chula, Mundan, Karna Vedha [First haircut, Ear piercing]... 31. 101.

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Debate on ear piercing for babies
In India (and elsewhere in South-East Asia) babies' ears are pierced as part of the Hindu cultural tradition. Called Karna vedha sanskar, it is believed to ward off evil and is also done for traditional and aesthetic reasons.

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Karnavedha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Karnavedha (Sanskrit: कर्णवेध, Karṇavedha) or Karnavedham is one of the Hindu Samskaras (sacraments) performed for a child.
Karnavedha, Hindu Ceremony
The recognition of the Karnavedha as a Samskara and the ceremonies attached to it are of a late origin. Almost all the Gruhyasutras omit it.
Karnavedha - BMEzine Encyclopedia
May 26, 2006 Literally meaning "ear piercing" in sanskrit, karnavedha is one of the rituals of childhood (samskaras) in the Hindu faith/culture.
Karna vedha (ear piercing)
The Karna vedha(ear piercing) sanskar is a religious and cultural tradition practiced extensively in our country.

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