Naamamkarana is one of the Shodashacharangal of
Namboothiris. Namakarana is the naming ceremony
of the newborn baby. It is held on the 11th day after birth.
Namakarana is also performed by certain other Hindu castes
also for christening a child on the 28th day of birth.
Nairs have to apply kuri (using bhasma-holy powder)
in five places in the body. In the forehead, in two arms, chest
and just above abdomen.
Namaskaram is the salutation before Gods
and Gurus (teachers). The arms, legs, chest and forehead should
touch the ground while offering Namaskaram. The
Soorya Namaskaram performed in the morning is good for
Unexpected happenings at the time of starting
a journey or performing a work are known as Nimithangal.
ezhunnallath at Guruvayur
An agricultural festival celebrated in Karkidakom (July-August)
after the harvest of Virippu. It is also known as Illamnira,
Nira, Nirapooja etc. Illamnira at Guruvayur temple
Niramala is an offering in temples.
Special lightings and flowers will be arranged for performing
this offering. During Navarathri, devotees used
to offer Niramala each day.
Nirapara is used for holy functions.
Nirapara is prepared using a bunch of coconut flower and a para
(cylindrical measuring jar or vessel) of paddy grains. It is
an indispensable item for pooja, marriage and other sacred functions.
Nithyanidanam is the daily functions in a temple.
They include Niramala, Chuttuvilakku (arrangment of lights
around the temple) , Chandanam charth (application of sandal
paste in the idol) etc.