The most important issue before the parents and the close family members after the birth of a baby is finding a name for that divine creation, male or female! Every parent desires that the name should be unique which would be appreciated by one and all. In India, amongst Hindus, astrology plays the prominent role in the naming process. Let the baby be born in any part of the world, the Hindu families will take recourse to astrology, the traditional system, before finally coming to terms with the name of the baby.
Planet Earth, the abode of human beings, is but one celestial body in the vast cosmos. The destinies of those born here are guided by the planetary positions at the time of birth, it is firmly believed. So, the name needs to depict the ideal traits and qualities of the child taking into consideration the time of birth. The name represents the intrinsic values the child is supposed to have been blessed with by the Divine Power.
The implications of naming as per astrology
The name is given according to the birth star or Rashi. Naming ceremony is known as Namakarana. It is usually done on the 10th or 12th day from the day of birth. Some religious texts are for giving two names to the child. One name for identification of the child, and the second one is the secret name. The detailed procedures are recorded in Guhyasutras. Astrology specifies three ways of naming a child: a) According to the day on which the child was born. This is the least preferred method. b) According to the letters corresponding to the Janma Nakshatra or Janma Rashi of the child. This is the second best option. c) Letters corresponding to the Lagna of the child’s horoscope, which is considered as the best choice. Once the name is decided as per astrological calculations, it is supposed to settle many other ancillary issues on the basis of the birth chart, like the lucky numbers, dates, colors, gems etc according to the name. The curiosity about the baby does not end with the naming ceremony. Its strength, weakness, financial prospectus, remedial measures for problems if any—all these tags will remain attached to the name. Astrology also goes a step further. It allows certain changes in the original name, with due consideration for traditional angle. It is believed that such minor changes will result in immense benefits in many aspects of life.
The naming process:
The naming of the child has a secular aspect as well; that is to say, many countries have prescribed time frames as for registration of births, so the naming procedure cannot be postponed indefinitely as per the convenience of the parents or other members of the family. As for finding suitable first syllable (letter) of the name, the science of Vedic astrology prescribes certain guidelines, on the basis of classifications given in the previous paragraph.
Know the lagna(birth sign) of the baby through the astrologer, who can even give it to you over the phone on the basis of the particulars given by you relating to the time of birth etc The suitable letters as per lagna are:
Mesha A, Aa, Sha
Vrushaba E, Ee,Uu
Mithuna Uu, Sa
Kataka Ga, Ea, S
Simha O, La
Tula Ka, Ga, Da
Vurshika Cha, Jha
Dhanu Ta, Dha, Nha
Makara Tha, Dha, Na
Kumbha Pha, Bha, Ma
Meena Ya, Ra, La, Va
Alternatively, you can name the child as per Janma Nakshtra or according to the day of birth for which suitable combination of letters are prescribed in the science of astrology.