The Naming ceremony (Namakarnam)
Nowadays, names of the child is selected depending on its birth star, nature and its ancestors. Most of the people keep their great grandfathers name to their child, in the belief that their child would be guarded by the sacred soul of these ancestors.
After 30 days of the child birth, namakarnam is conducted (the days may vary from region to region). On this day all the relatives gather at the child’s house, the selected name is first written in rice and then the father of the child recites the name secretly in the ear of the child thrice, this process is repeated by all the family members.
The names usually denotes wealth, harmony, richness, noble character, god or any remarkable personalities. Some people keep the name of Gods, as tribute for their immense blessing.
Places to perform Namakarnam:
Usually Namakarnam is performed in the house, but nowadays people are conducting this festival in famous temples.