This sanskāra can be performed between the ages of 1-3 years old because by this time the bones of the skull have become stronger thus keeps the brain safer. In this sanskāra the hair from the child’s head is shaved off for the very first time.
The significance is to pronounce the head as the seat of the organs of perception – sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing.
The head, nostrils, eyes, skin and eardrums all have protective hair. Prayers for good health and development are recited.