TEXT 57
kirtimantam prathamajam
kamsayanakadundubhih
arpayam asa krcchrena
so ’nrtad ativihvalah
SYNONYMS
kirtimantam—by the name Kirtiman; prathama-jam—the first-born baby; kamsaya—unto Kamsa; anakadundubhihVasudeva; arpayam asa—delivered; krcchrena—with great pain; sah—he (Vasudeva); anrtat—from the breaking of the promise, or from fear of being a liar; ati-vihvalah—was very much disturbed, being afraid.
TRANSLATION
Vasudeva was very much disturbed by fear of becoming a liar by breaking his promise. Thus with great pain he delivered his first-born son, named Kirtiman, into the hands of Kamsa.
PURPORT
In the Vedic system, as soon as a child is born, especially a male child, the father calls for learned brahmanas, and according to the description of the child’s horoscope, the child is immediately given a name. This ceremony is called nama-karana. There are ten different samskaras, or reformatory methods, adopted in the system of varnasrama-dharma, and the name-giving ceremony is one of them. Although Vasudeva’s first son was to be delivered into the hands of Kamsa, the nama-karana ceremony was performed, and thus the child was named Kirtiman. Such names are given immediately after birth.

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