Namakarana Ceremony is performed to give the name to a new born baby. As per tradition, the naming ceremony is performed by the father, whispering the name in child’s ear three times. This is repeated by other elders in the family. It is customary to place a gold coin in the palm of the child during the naming ceremony. ‘Namakaran’ is one of the 16 Hindu Sanskars to be followed.
The important conditions for election of auspicious time for Namakarana, applied in ‘Hindupad Muhurat’ are as follows: Most Favourable Astrological days (Vaara), Most Favourable Nakshatrams (stars), Most Favourable Tithis, Favourable Yogams, Favourable Karanams, etc,.
Apart from the common Panchanga shuddi checks, the general astrological quality based on the horoscope for the moment is also analysed. Also, the factors such as Solar and Lunar eclipses, Sankranti and Sandhyakalam are considered during the Muhurtha search.
Here is an article describing ‘When to do Namakarana‘
There are variations in regional practices for selecting Muhurtha for Namakarana. You are advised to take these factors also into consideration while selecting a Muhurtha from the list of time slots provided by ‘Hindupad Muhurat’.
Usually Namakarana is performed on 10th, 11th, 12th or 16th day after the birth of the baby, in which case no specific Muhurtha is required. Otherwise an auspicious time is fixed as per astrological guidelines.
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