MUHOORTHAM (AUSPECIOUS TIME) FOR NAMAKARANAM (NAMING BABY)
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 palm of the child during the naming ceremony.
The important condition for election of auspicious time for Namakarana, are as follows.
Most favorable Astrological days:
Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Friday
Most favorable stars:
Fixed Stars (Rohini, Uthram, Uthradam, Uthrattathi), Moveable Stars (Punartham, Chothi, Thiruvonam, Avittam, Chathayam), Friendly Stars (Makayiram, Chithira Anizham, Revathi), dynamic Stars: (Aswathy, Pooyam Atham)
Most favorable Thithis:
Prathama, Dwithra, Thrithiya, Panchami, Sapthami, Dasami, Ekadasi, Thrayodashi
Vishkamba, Athigandha, Soola, Gandha, Vyaghatha, Vajra, Vyathipatha, Parikha, Vydhrithi
Apart from these common Panchanga sudhi checks, the common astrological quality based on the horoscope for the moment is also analyze. Also the factors such as solar and lunar eclipses Samkranti and Sandhyakalam are considered during the Muhoortha search.
There are variations in regional practices for selecting Muhoortha for Namakarana. You are advised to take these factors also in to consideration while selecting a Muhoortha.
Usually Namakarana is performed on 10th, 11th, 12th or 16th day after the birth of the baby, in which case no specific Muhoortha is required. Otherwise an auspicious time is fixed as per astrological guidelines.