From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Keśānta literally means ‘shaving the hair on the head’.

This is one of the sanskāras or sacraments one had to undergo in the ancient days. It is also called as ‘godāna’.[1] It is generally performed on the completion of 16 years or before marriage.

This ritual consists of shaving the head and also the hair on other parts of the body such as the chin and the arm-pits. This sanskāra gradually went out of vogue.


  1. Go means hair.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore