Barasala (Namakaranam) is the naming ceremony of a newborn baby. Nama means name and Karanam means to make or to create. This ceremony is performed to select a newborn’s name using astrological rules or traditional methods of naming. This ceremony takes place after the 10-day impure postnatal period. The chosen name should contain a specified number of syllables and vowels that be easy to pronounce, sound pleasant, indicate sex, signify fame, wealth, or power.
The ceremony is performed, starting with Vighneshwara pooja, Punyaha vachanam, Maha Sankalpam, Kalasha Pooja, and Namakaranam is done by whispering the child’s name in the right ear and chanting mantras.
When to Perform Barasala (Namakaranam)?
- This Ceremony is usually performed on the eleventh day of the child’s birth.
- Can also schedule the date that is compatible with the Janma Nakshatra of the baby child.
Benefits of Barasala (Namakaranam):
- An official name is for the identification of an individual and also for Sankalp purposes.
- It is required to get permission from the Supreme Lord to name the child and also to provide positive energy to the name as the child is going to use it his/her entire lifetime.
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