Inside an Indian Baby Shower ( Dohale Jevan)


Indian Baby shower, Godh Bharai, Dohale Jevan, Mumbai 2 Melbourne,

An Indian Baby shower is called Godh Bharai in Hindi, which literally translates to ‘filling the lap with abundance’. Every community in India has its own traditions associated with a baby shower. Baby showers in India are usually celebrated in the third trimester either in the seventh or the ninth month of Pregnancy. 

Traditionally baby showers were held to announce the impending arrival of the baby to family and friends and was usually a women’s only gathering. It was also a chance for the women in the family to make the mum-to-be feel special and loved. The mum-to-be was gifted a special outfit usually a Saree by her mum which she would wear on the day of the baby shower. Her family and friends would make her floral jewellery as flowers have a deep religious symbolism in the Hindu culture.

Indian Baby shower, Godh Bharai, Dohale Jevan, Mumbai 2 Melbourne,

Certain communities in Southern and Western India also would have the mum-to-be sit on a swing adorned with floral decorations and gently swing her. The reason was to bring in a wave of happiness to her life. I hail from the state of Maharashtra and have my roots in Goa (both western states of India). In the GSB community a baby shower is called Dohale Jevan.

Are you planning a baby shower for yourself or for a family member? Then you must read the full article  ‘ Inside an Indian Baby Shower ‘ that has been published on which Australia’s biggest and best Parenting sites.

Click the link here to read the full article. 

Always love to hear from you. Definitely leave me your feedback in the comments section below. Have a fabulous weekend ahead. 



  1. U have written elaborately about the Indian baby shower & the various customs of Dohale Jevan.I am a great fan of yr writing & yr command on the language.So proud of u Shivu.Keep the good work going.God bless u.

    1. Thank you so much Mumma. You are the star of the article. You explained all the rituals and conducted them at the time which is how I now know their significance.

  2. Nicely covered essence of the subject from the point of view of indian mommy to be.

    As you have a lucid way of explaining things.keep it up.iam more pleased to note that your write up has been published in Australian magazine and web site

  3. Very well written. Also that floral jewellery, we used to have the attire of Radha, which will have a “परडी” or the “भिल्लीण” which will have a bow and arrow. Our culture is so rich.

  4. Well done. Yes our culture shows the to be Mom that we care for you. We are always there for you and it’s a God’s gift to a woman. This Dohale Jevan and the floral jewellery is called “wadi” it’s of ” भिल्लीण” where in the bow and arrow decorated with flowers is also prepared for the to be Mom. May be of Radha where the “परडी” carring flowers is prepared. It’s really feel good gesture for the Mom to be.

  5. I couldn’t find a comment section on that blog. But the article is so very well written. Maharashtrian customs, every steps, every ritual is explained so well. I haven’t ever come across an article which defines customs so lucidly! Absolute pride to read it on the website. Great going. More power to you.

    1. Thanks Siddhi do not have active commenting on posts available. I wish they did though.. Thank you so. Much for your kind words. I am. Glad you liked it

    1. Absolutely basic thought behind baby showers is to make mum happy and in essence baby happy.. Traditions added to it make it more spl

  6. What a gorgeous article Sharvari. It is just lovely how you have taken us through the festive like celebration of welcoming the new one.

  7. Beautifully written article and good article that every lady/couple would love to know more about. The picture shared are also very sweet and shares the affection between mother and daughter nicely 🙂

    1. Thanks so much yes baby showers have been spl occasions in Indian culture and with traditions attached to it it makes it super spl

  8. This is the best time when a ‘mom to be’ look naturally beautiful. You are glowing and that green suits you so well. It is also the stress-free period where you can eat without thinking about the calories.

    1. Yes I surely ate as you can see from the size I had become haha. My mum made sure I added about 5 kgs in the last month after she came over

    1. Thanks Sheri. Indian Baby showers are unique and I live how I could have best of both cultures in my baby shower.

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