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Namakarana – Name Giving Ceremony

Karnavedha – Ear Piercing. The ear-piercing ceremony, given to both boys and girls, performed in the temple or the home, generally on the child's first birthday. Health and wealth benefits derive from this ancient rite.

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Namakarana – Name Giving Ceremony

Anna Prasana – Beginning of Solid Food. The first feeding of solid food is a sacred event performed by the father in the temple or home. The choice of food offered to a child at this crucial time is said to help determine his or her destiny.

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Namakarana – Name Giving Ceremony

Namakarana – Name Giving Ceremony. This is the Hindu name-giving ceremony, performed in the home or the temple 11 to 41 days after birth. The father whispers the auspicious new name in the infant's right ear.

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