Shreyasi Punit Goenka served as the Godmother of the vessel and showered blessings of safety, success, and good luck on Karnika.
A special postal stamp of Rs 5 was released on the occasion in order to commemorate the historic occasion. The National Flag was hoisted, the National Anthem was sung on the ship.
Karnika was named after a celestial nymph. According to legend, she emerged when gods and demons churned the ocean for the elixir for life, Amrit. The celestial maiden Apsara Karnika stood for the alluring charm and exquisite beauty for carrying pleasures and treasures to reward those engaged in hard labour.
This name also draws inspiration from Manikarnika in Varanasi, the first Indian ghat that is considered as one of the oldest Indian cities.