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According to Hindu Mythology, Namkaran Ceremony is considered as a very auspicious ritual and celebrates traditionally in Hindu families. Searching name as per latest trend is become passion nowadays and therefore, many parents think name of their baby before birth. Parents are more conscious about selecting name of their baby like meaning of name, birth signs, popularity and latest name trend. Some parents think to keep their baby’s name as per birth sign and with good meaning and not very big in pronounce while some parent prefers odd and different traditional name from “hindu granths” for their baby; and many parents select their baby’s name from famous celebrity or according to their religion’s god name.
In Hindu mythology, people celebrate namkaran [ceremony] vidhi for any newborn baby in their family on the twelve days after birth of baby. Namkaran ceremony is a joyful ceremony to welcome arrival of newborn baby.It is celebrated in different religions and state as per their traditions in temple or at home. In some religious, baby’s namkaran ceremony is accomplished by Pooja. Pooja is carried out by Brahmin pundit as per their family tradition. After pooja, all relatives and friends give blesses to newborn with some gifts like clothes and toys. Some nearby family members give silver or gold ornaments to baby as blesses.
Namkaran means giving a name to newborn baby. On the twelve days after birth, namkaran ceremony celebration is carried out. On that day baby is also placed in parna or jhula [cradle]. Parna is decorated with balloons and flowers. Women and children are gathered from close family, friends and relatives. Five, seven or eleven little boys and girls swing parna and women sing songs. Honey is applied on baby’s lip by some good family member on this occasion. This ceremony is carried out after namkaran vidhi. Before placing the baby in parna, they perform pooja with kanku and paint swastika [sathia] and put supari [betel nuts] and one rupee coin and quarter rupee coin as it considered lucky in Hindu religions. Some people put nagarvel paan, supari, haldi, moong, one rupee coin and quarter rupee coin.
In many Hindu religions, baby’s name is announced by [baby’s] father’s sister called fia or foi. They first called baby with selected name and then sing traditional naming ceremony song. Then, after all ladies repeat the song and called baby with her name.
In many religions, baby’s father or mother whispers name of baby in his/her right ear. In many religions baby’s namkaran will be carried out after one month and fifteen days while in some religions it will be made after three months of baby’s birth. They place baby in parna or cradle only after naming ceremony. They take baby outside from the home for the first time after ceremony. They visit temple with baby to take blesses of god for their baby’s healthy and happy life.
Period of the first eleven days after birth of baby is known as contaminated or impure for mother. She cannot touch anything in home specially kitchen and pooja. She cannot enter in pooja room and kitchen. On day twelve, mother and baby take bath. Then, they get ready their baby with new clothes for the first time as they use old clothes for baby up to eleven days.
Selecting meaningful baby’s name is very important. Sometimes parents keep name of their baby without any meaning or some wrong meaning that affects on baby when she/he grew up and don’t like own name. Therefore, parents should think wisely before selecting name of baby. According to Hindu religious it is advisable to keep baby’s name according to his sun sign or Hindu Raashi. It is believed that if you keep name on different raashi other than original birth sign than your baby may face problems from both signs. Your baby’s birth raashi can decide by position of planets at the time and date of birth. In almost all Hindu communities people always insist to select their baby’s name based on their Hindu birth Raashi.
Many people believe in astrology therefore, they select name of their baby by taking advice from their family astrologer. They sometimes keep name based on the nakshatra name, the name of the deity of the month, and god’s name of their family.
Today, there are many websites available on internet showing baby names for all alphabets and with meaning of names. If you do not use computers or internet, there are books available for baby names with meaning. You can also find good names from school registers or playgroups. It is said that “what is there in Name?”, but for your baby there is everything in selecting meaningful and appealing name. Therefore, make your baby proud on her/his name when he/she becomes mature enough to understand meaning of name.
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