A name becomes the identity tag of a person till the end of his or her life. Indians believe that the name given to a child exerts a special influence on the course of his or her entire life and all associations in its course.
Indian babies names are mostly decided by priests after studying the horoscope of the child in traditional families. This is an age-old practice in India, which is taking a backseat in urban areas only lately.
Indian names almost always have a meaning attached to them. According to Indians the sound and meaning of names create a positive or negative energy in the lives of individuals. A name giving or naming ceremony is performed in most Indian families as a way of presenting the child to the world.
The baby names ceremony is usually very elaborate, accompanied by ceremonial rituals and carried out by the family priest. The whole family is required to be present and it is believed that the child will develop personality traits according to the name given to him.
In some families a pen and paper is placed in the mother’s room after the birth of the baby. There is a belief that the Indian God - Brahma comes and writes the destiny of the child on this night. The priest then names the child according to this holy script.
There is a tendency of naming Indian children after the names of Gods and Goddesses.
Modern Indian parents reveal that they are not able to relate to the phonetics of these signs and the child finds it uncomfortable to function with such archaic nomenclature in the real world. In such cases, priests tend to become flexible and just insist on naming the child with a designated alphabet. The ultimate responsibility of deciding a name for their child rests on the shoulder of the parents.
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