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BABY NAMING CEREMONY - NAAMKARAN
In India, every thing is carried out by following the rituals right from choosing a baby name to placing the baby in the cradle. Hindus believe that the baby naming ceremony should be carried out by following proper rituals to bestow baby with a good life.
In Hindu families, the baby naming ceremony is normally scheduled on the twelfth day or after forty days depending upon the traditions of each sub-caste. In some Hindu families, some rituals and ceremonies are performed even before the baby naming ceremony. Some of them are conducted during the fifth or sixth day of the birth of the newborn baby. Such ceremonies are performed to protect the newborn from evil sprits.
Many aspects are taken into consideration while naming a baby. The day and time of the baby naming ceremony is decided by the Pandits. The day and time decided is an auspicious time for naming the baby. The letter with which the baby is named is normally decided based on his Kundali, birth time, positions of stars and planets etc; during the birth of the baby. Normally a Pandit or an Astrologer provides such letters with which the baby is named.
In order to make this ceremony auspicious it is performed in the presence of at least five married women. These women gather during the baby naming ceremony and carry out various rituals as per Hindu traditions and customs.
The ceremony begins with placing the newborn baby in the cradle. The aunt of the baby (father's sister) whispers the baby's name in the baby's ears and then the name is announced to everybody present during the ceremony. Each and every family member takes pleasure to rock the cradle of the newborn baby during the naming ceremony. Special feast is also organised during this ceremony. Grandparents bring gold and silver ornaments on the occasion of the baby naming ceremony for the newborn baby. At the same time gold chains, ear rings (even for a male child), silver anklets and new clothes are specially bought for the baby during this ceremony.
Hindus perform a lot of rituals during the baby naming ceremony so that the baby is bestowed with good health, blessings of the Almighty and a good life ahead. As per Hindu traditions, performing these rituals during the baby naming ceremony is a must to make the future life of newborn baby prosperous.
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