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There is a saying that our mind moulds according to the food we eat . This saying is given great importance in Hinduism. Therefore, the seventh rite of the 16 rites of the Indian tradition is Annaprasan or Annaprasanam, which means to feed food. When the child turns 6 or 7 months old, he is fed a bowl of rice or any 'Satvik' grain by taking out an auspicious time and chanting. The purpose of performing this ritual is that children should consume 'Satvik' and nutritious food since childhood.
What do you understand by the word Annaprasana?
The word Annaprasanam is a combination of two Sanskrit words - "Annah" and "Prasanam." By combining the two, we find the meaning of the word Annaprasanam in English as "the process of feeding rice or grain." This popular festival is known by various names across India, such as:
Mukhebhat in West Bengal
Coronu in Kerala
Bhat in Uttarakhand
Pasni in Nepal
Why is Annaprasan samskaras celebrated?
Celebrating Annaprasanam has the same importance in Hindu tradition as other rites performed which are religious, spiritual, and logical. The main idea behind celebrating this festival is to promote good health and proper nutrition. It has been said in the scriptures that when the infant is in the mother's womb, it also takes in the same food, which is not 'Satvik.' Therefore, through this ritual, the process of eliminating the faults of contaminated food and giving pure, 'Satvik' and nutritious food to the baby is started. This is done to ensure that the child can become strong and have good immunity. Eating solid food also makes the child's mind, body and heart healthy and strong.
How is the Annaprasana ceremony performed?
The maternal uncle of the infant performs this rite. First of all, the maternal uncle makes the baby sit on his lap and feeds him kheer or some solid food with his hands. After this, other family members also feed the child and bless them to be healthy throughout their life. A fun game is also played during this ceremony, where many symbolic items are placed in a tray such as clay, gold ornaments, pens, books, and food. First of all, the future of whoever puts his hand on it is assessed by the astrologer. It is believed that if the child touches the clay, he will have the property; if he touches the gold ornament, then there will be wealth; if he touches the pen, he will be intellectual and will be inclined towards books.
Precautions in Annaprashan Sanskar
First of all, with the help of an astrologer, you get an auspicious time and call an astrologer at home and get this rite done methodically.
Make sure that your baby is well-rested. Dress the baby in clean, comfortable clothes after bathing.
Wash your hands thoroughly before feeding your baby.
Make sure that your child's food is prepared fresh and hygienically.
Place a small towel around your baby's mouth to wipe away any excess food.
Ensure your child does not consume too much solid diet because he may have indigestion or stomach problems.
During the havan, make sure that your child is not too close to the fire.
Keep your child's face away from smoke. Open doors and windows to ensure proper ventilation.
Calculation and time of Annaprasana Muhurta
It is best for a boy to perform Annaprasana Sanskar for the first time in the 6th, 8th, 10th, or 12th month after birth and perform Annaprasana Sanskar 5th, 7th, or 9th month since the birth of a girl Auspicious Shukla Paksha is best for Annaprasana.
You can also consider dates like Prathama, Tritiya, Panchami, Saptami, Dashami from Krishna Paksha.
Days of the week
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are auspicious days. Sundays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays are avoided.
According to Saptashalak Chakra, this ritual should be performed in the constellations Ashwini, Rohini, Mrigashira, Purnavasu, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarashada, Uttarabhadrapada, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Anuradha, Abhijit, Shravan, Dhanvantar, Revathi, etc. If any malefic planet is exerting its influence on the constellations mentioned above.
At the same time, below the auspicious time of Annaprasana in 2021 are mentioned.
January 14, 2021, Thursday, 09:00 am to 01:29 pm.
January 15, 2021, Friday, 07:15 am to 01:25 pm.
January 18, 2021, Monday, 07:43 am to 09:14 am.
January 20, 2021, Wednesday, 07:14 am to 01:06 pm.
February 22, 2021, Monday, 06:53 am to 10:58 am.
February 25, 2021, Thursday, 06:51 am to 01:17 pm.
March 15, 2021, Monday, 06:31 am to 01:44 pm.
March 24, 2021, Wednesday, 06:21 am to 10:24 am.
April 19, 2021, Monday, 05:52 am to 04:04 pm.
May 13, 2021, Thursday, 05:32 am to 02:29 pm.
May 14, 2021, Friday, 05:31 am to 02:25 pm.
May 17, 2021, Monday, 05:29 am to 11:35 pm.
May 24, 2021, Monday, 11:12 pm to 04:02 pm.
June 23, 2021, Wednesday, 05:24 am to 07:00 am.
June 24, 2021, Thursday, from 01:50 pm to 04:20 pm.
July 15, 2021, Thursday, 05:33 am to 07:16 am.
July 16, 2021, Friday, 06:06 am to 02:53 pm.
July 22, 2021, Thursday, 05:37 am to 12:45 pm.
August 11, 2021, Wednesday, 09:32 am to 02:23 pm.
August 13, 2021, Friday, 05:49 am to 02:43 pm.
August 20, 2021, Friday, 05:53 am to 02:54 pm.
September 08, 2021, Wednesday, 06:03 am to 01:40 pm.
September 09, 2021, Thursday, 06:03 am to 01:36 pm.
September 13, 2021, Monday, 06:05 am to 08:23 am.
September 16, 2021, Thursday, 06:07 am to 09:37 am.
October 08, 2021, Friday, 06:18 am to 01:46 pm.
October 15, 2021, Friday, 06:22 am to 01:18 pm.
October 18, 2021, Monday, 10:49 am to 01:06 pm.
October 20, 2021, Wednesday, 07:41 am to 12:59 pm.
November 10, 2021, Wednesday, 08:25 am to 01:18 pm.
November 11, 2021, Thursday, 06:41 am to 06:50 am.
December 08, 2021, Wednesday, 07:02 am to 12:56 pm.
December 10, 2021, Friday, 07:03 am to 12:48 pm.
December 13, 2021, Monday, 07:05 am to 12:36 pm.