Namakarana - The ceremony of naming a child. This ceremony is normally performed after the 10-day 'impure' postnatal period. It is usually conducted after the 12th day of birth but this differs as per region and custom. The 12th day is chosen because the first ten days after a baby’s birth is thought off to be a period of impurity and so in a sense we can say that the ritual of naamakaranam is one to cleanse the baby and the mother as in some cultures both are given a good oil bath.This is the welcoming ceremony of the child into the family; mantras are recited for a healthy and long life. This function is not just a religious one but also has the social and the legal aspects to it. This is the first ceremony in a baby’s life and so it helps to forge a good bond between the baby and his or her family.
Many of the early texts prescribe more than one name for an individual. The Smritis, on the basis of astrological works further developed the system of naming. According to the Rig-Veda, a child of either sex should be given four names:
The Nakshatra name: This is given according to the constellation, or Nakshatra, the child is born under. Each constellation has a name, and several letters of the Sanskrit alphabet are also assigned to it. The Nakshatra name could therefore be the name of the constellation itself, or begin with any of the letters assigned to that constellation.
The name of the deity of the month: Each month of the Hindu calendar is associated with a particular deity, which usually has several names. The child's second name is one of the names of the deity of the month in which it is born.
The name of the family deity: Every Namakarana family has one deity who has been worshipped for generations. The name of this deity is given to protect the child from evil.
The popular name: This is the name that the child is known by. It depends on the culture and education of the family, and should be auspicious. The former is known to the Grihya-sutras, which speak of a popular name in addition.
Benefits of Namakarana:
- The Namakarana is performed to seek the permission from the divine to name the child and also to ward off evil spirits while naming the child which will be used by the child during its life time.
- This Samskara is performed to create a pleasant atmosphere for both the newly born child and mother.
- Cleansing of impurities of both new born child and the mother
- The guests present bless the child with good health, wealth and prosperity with a bright future so that he or she may follow the line of his or her great ancestors.
Kannada Purohit / Kannda Vedic Priest will arrive at to your home or place of your choice to perform Namakarana Ceremony. Following is the process:
- Ganapathi Pooja
- Punyaha Vachana
- Maha Sankalpa
- Namakarana Pooja
- Prasad Distribution
No. of Kannada Purohit / Vedic Priests: 1
- Vedic Patashala certified and experienced purohits
- All rituals follow Vedic Standards and Procedures
- High quality samagri to ensure a pleasant Pooja experience
- Professional Guidance & Support
- This is Customized Homa - Date can be fixed as per one’s Janma nakshatra and the yoga, thithi of that date
- The package includes Puja samagri for Namakarana. You have to arrange for fruits, flowers and all puja items like kalasha, puja plates etc that are needed for the ceremony