This was my very first Indian Hindu Naming Ceremony. Although I’ve photographed plenty of Christenings including Greek Orthodox, this was going to be a little different. For a start the ceremony was taking place at home and was going to be very elaborate. There would be 100 family and friends attending, so that kept me busy for a while.
The ceremony was being arranged by little Ram’s grandmother Artee. She first contacted me from New York where her son, wife and baby Ram live. I did a little research on naming ceremonies and met up with Artee before hand just so I knew what to expect.
Like most Indian celebrations, it was a very colourful affair. For Hindus, the arrival of a new baby is always a time of rejoicing. Prayers are offered and mantras are chanted for the well-being of the newborn. On a bronze dish, rice grains are spread and the father writes the newborn’s name on it with a gold stick. The baby’s name is then whispered into the baby’s right ear by the father four times, along with a prayer. Choosing the baby’s name is also very important, Hindus are of the belief that the meaning of a child’s name influences his character and shapes his destiny. Baby naming or Namkaran is a very special way of celebrating the arrival of the new baby into the family. It’s a way of showering him with blessings according to rituals and traditions and cementing a good and prosperous future for him.
After the ceremony, the guests (and me) were treated to a lavish buffet, while I carried on taking the photos. A brilliant tend to a lovely day, here’s to little Ram.
If you are planning a ceremony like this and need Indian Hindu Naming Ceremony Photography then why not get in touch and book a date? You can take a look at my Christening gallery page for more information.