Namakaran is a traditional Hindu ceremony of naming the baby; naming process creates a bond between the child and the rest of the family, and is a highly auspicious occasion for child, parents, family and relatives. Namakaran or baby naming ceremony is usually performed on the 12th day after birth; this tradition varies from region to region and custom to custom.
Namakaran ceremony is either performed at home or in some temple. The priest offers puja to all gods and to agni, the elements, and to the spirits of forefathers entreating them to bless and protect the child. Horoscope of child if is already written and available is presented to god and is placed in front of god idol requesting them to bless the child.
As per the regional tradition the child is placed for blessing on the lap of either the father or his maternal uncle's. Chosen name of the child is whispered in the right ear of baby using a betel leaf or its silver imprint, or using leaves of kusa grass to direct the words into baby’s ear
After the naming ritual is completed, friends and relatives bless the child and touch some honey or sugar to baby’s lips.
Naming ceremony if not done on the 12th day; can be performed either on 101 day or on child’s first birthday. Good food is made and is served to friends and family to celebrate the holy and auspicious occasion