The Namkaran Puja is performed to rename an infant. The first word of the name given by Panditji based on the baby’s Nakshatra is performed in order to formally maintain the child’s given name. During Namkaran Puja, the child is given Samskara, which is considered to be of essential importance in the child’s development and upbringing. On the eleventh day of the month, this ceremony is usually held. Within three months of the baby’s birth or the first birthday, whichever comes first, the ceremony must be completed. As part of this ceremony, Panditji performs the gauri ganesh puja and kalash puja, Punyaha Vachanam, Namkaran (which is done by whispering the child’s name in the right ear while singing Vedic mantras), and a havan (conducted for the baby’s Graha Shanti).
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Because Hinduism has hundreds of gods and goddesses, it is beneficial to collect names from mythology for both boys and girls. Every name has to mean something, like Atul, Abhay, Nityanand, etc. Finding a Hindu name is challenging. The namkaran ceremony is open to friends and family.
However, in modern times, people perform this ceremony according to changing times. With sons and daughters living overseas, it can be difficult to pronounce mythical names. This is done to keep the names basic.
Choosing a name for a baby in a Hindu home is a joyous occasion, as it is for any family welcoming a new member. The Hindu Samskara governs the Namkaran of a baby, and these laws are known as the Samskara. A Hindu’s life revolves around a number of samskaras. All come first: Garbhadana, or conception; Punsavana, or foetus protection; Jatakarma, or childbirth; Namakarna, or infant naming; and Annaprasana, or first solid food feeding. Some families practise Namakarna according to the deity that they worship. Theophoric is the name given to these names.
In addition, the caste of a household influences the name given to a Hindu child. There are four classes in India’s Hindu system: the Brahmin (the upper class), the Kshatriya (the warrior class), the Vaisya (the merchant and farmer class), and the Shura (the slave caste). Therefore, it is essential to use a caste-appropriate name when naming a child.