Namakarana, Nāmakaraṇa, Naman-karana: 11 definitions

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Namakarana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nāmakaraṇa (नामकरण).—A saṃskāra done to Vasudeva's sons by Garga.1 a karma on the tenth day after birth.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 8. 11-14.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 10. 8-11.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta

Nāmakaraṇa (नामकरण) refers to one of the eleven saṃskāras (purificatory rites of fire) forming part of preliminary rites before Dīkṣā: an important ritual of Śāktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Society State and Polity: A Survey

Nāmakaraṇa (नामकरण) refers to the ceremony of “naming the child” and represents one of the sixteen saṃskāras, or “ceremonies” accompanying the individual during the Gṛhastha (householder) stage of the Āśrama way of life. These ceremonies (eg., nāmakaraṇa-saṃskāra) are community affairs and at each ceremony relations and friends gather for community eating.

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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

Namakarana refers to one of those ceremonies of the Nambutiris performed after marriage, during pregnancy or during the birth of a child. Namakarana is the ceremony, at which the child is named, and is said to be done on the tenth day after birth. The naming of a child is an important religious act, which is supposed to carry consequences throughout life. The parents, assisted by a Vadhyan, make a burnt sacrifice to the deity.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Nāmakaraṇa.—(BL), naming ceremony. Note: nāmakaraṇa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nāmakaraṇa : (nt.) naming.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nāmakaraṇa. name-giving, “christening” DhA. II, 87; 

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nāmakaraṇa (नामकरण).—n (S) The rite of giving the name to an infant.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nāmakaraṇa (नामकरण).—n The rite of giving the name to an infant.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nāmakaraṇa (नामकरण).—n.

1) the ceremony of naming a child after birth.

2) a nominal affix.

Derivable forms: nāmakaraṇam (नामकरणम्).

Nāmakaraṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nāman and karaṇa (करण). See also (synonyms): nāmakarman.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nāmakaraṇa (नामकरण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) Naming a child first after birth. E. nāma, and karaṇa making.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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