Annaprasana is a Sanskrit term, which means “grain initiation”. Annaprasana marks the beginning of solid food in your baby’s life. Following this ritual, you can slowly start to introduce other weaning foods into your baby’s diet.Annaprasana has different names like, ‘Annapraasanam’ in Tamil , ‘Bhaatkhulai’ in Garhwal hills, ‘Choroonu’ in Kerala, and ‘Mukhe Bhatt’ in Bengal’ and so on. Annaprasana is done after the ‘Namakaran’ ceremony, and is considered auspicious because the baby can now have solid foods.
HARIVARA POOJA SERVICES – WHAT WE DO !
We will send you our professional Purohit / Pandit trained in Hindu Vedic Paatasala to conduct the pooja at Devotees given location (home, office, temple etc.) and time (Harivara will fix the date & time according to the Devotees nakshatra on an auspicious date).
PURPOSE & BENEFITS:
Annaprasana is conducted when your baby is ready to make the transition from a liquid diet to solids. It can be performed anytime from six months until before his first birthday. Annaprasana is performed during the even months for boys, generally in the child’s sixth or the eighth month. For girls, it is performed during the odd months, usually the child’s fifth or the seventh month.
Annaprasana begins with a puja or a havan for your baby’s health and happiness, followed by the symbolic feeding of the prasad or the first bite of solid food.
The religious ceremony is often followed by a fun game where a number of symbolic objects are placed on a banana leaf or silver tray which your baby can then pick up. The objects usually include:
- Books symbolising learning
- Jewels symbolising wealth
- Pen symbolising wisdom
- Clay symbolising property
- Food items symbolising a love for food
It is believed that the object your baby picks up from the tray represents his area of interest in future.