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The saṃskāra, or life-cycle ritual, designed to bring about the birth of a male child. It is supposed to take place during pregnancy, but there is disagreement among the sources on dharma about precisely when, or the particular form it should take. A number of accounts involve inserting a pounded substance (prepared, for example, from a nyagrodha tree) into the wife's right nostril.

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