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Namkaran is one of the most important of the 16 Hindu 'samskaras' or rituals. In the Vedic traditional, 'Namkaran' (Sanskrit 'nam' = name; 'karan' = create) is the formal naming ceremony performed to select a newborn's name using traditional methods and astrological rules of naming.

This is generally a happy ritual - with the tensions of childbirth now over, the family comes together to celebrate the birth of the child with this ceremony. Namkaran is also called 'Palanarohan' in some traditions, which refers to putting a child into the cradle (Sanskrit 'palana' = cradle; 'arohan' = onboard).

In this article, get you answers to the three vital questions on the Hindu naming ceremony. Read Full Article:

  1. When is Namkaran Held?
  2. How is the Namkaran Ritual Performed?
  3. How is the Hindu Baby's Name Selected?

Learn how to arrive at the first letters of your baby's name using Vedic astrology before selecting a name from the Baby Name Finder.

April 2, 2013 at 2:03 am
(1) manoj says:

Naming a child should be done with a view that name signifies inspiration & motivation to child, love and care to parents,liking and respect to people.It should be preferably be unique and decided by parents!

April 2, 2013 at 4:09 am
(2) Seema Gandhi says:

Name of child should always be unique and meaningful as we believe a person always imbibes the hidden qualities of name.

April 2, 2013 at 7:03 am
(3) Su says:

Hello …I would like to know if there really are differences in naming ceremony rites and other rites between hindu matriarchal and hindu patriarchal societies? I understand that this article is a very generalized version of the myriad shades and interpretations of the different customs followed in hinduism – but certainly this is the most beautiful aspect of the religion – the diversity and tolerance it encompasses.

January 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm
(4) rajendra tirkey says:

mere bete ka janm 8oct.ko 10pm me hui hai jishka name rakhana hai isshe bare bete ka name paramjeet hai.

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