The Grand Naming Ceremony
What’s in the name? A lot, if you go by Hindu traditions concerning naming ceremony of a new born baby. The grandeur of this ceremony starts with dispatch of to all near and dear ones of the family. The planning in this event is quite elaborate and it also provides a great opportunity for everyone in the family to get together and celebrate. Hindu naming ceremony is popularly called namkaran. Throughout India, this ceremony is carried out with small differences depending on the region and state.
Naming ceremony is conducted on the 12th or 21st day from the date of birth. A priest usually presides over the rituals and after consulting the dates he gives an auspicious alphabet/s from which the name should start. In some communities, the name from the said alphabet is called “gupt naam” meaning that it is hidden and the child is never addressed socially by that name. Name just serves as an end to the ceremony in this case. The ceremony begins by invoking and worshipping fire god popularly known as havan. This opportunity is also taken to draw out the horoscope of the new born child.
Again as per the custom prevalent, the actual naming is done either by father, mother, father’s sister or mother’s sister by placing the baby in the person’s lap. Then the name is whispered in the ears of the baby. These customs and traditions are now largely diluted with the name being decided by parents beforehand only. For the sake of ceremony, the name iscommunicated to the concerned person who in turns whispers the name in the baby’s ears. Thereafter, an elaborate feast usually comprising of vegetarian delicacies is served to the guests and family. Baby and mother, both are bestowed upon with a lot of gifts on this occasion.
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