Including myself, many of my family members got their names 12 days after their birth, a day called Namakarana. This is done via a ritual, for example in Nepalese tradition (My ethnicity) we have an extra tradition called Nwaran.

Why do we give names to our newborn on their twelfth (some at eleventh) day? and any references to the scriptures?

  • The first 12 days period after babies birth is considered inauspicious for both mother and baby OR " Sutaka".Naming ceremony is conducted after that period , or based on a priest or an astrologers advice. Apr 24, 2017 at 11:55
  • yes, it's a period of uncleanliness, ashoucha, or theetu. For both birth and death in a family, 10 or 12 days after that, auspicious things are avoided.
    – mar
    Apr 24, 2017 at 12:25


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