Annaprsanam

Rs.300
Quick Overview

Annaprasana means introducing solid food to the child, i.e. feeding rice or solid food for the first time. After this ritual is carried out, the child now can be introduced to different foods. Annaprasana is done after the Naming ceremony, and is considered auspicious because the baby can now have solid foods.

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Annaprasana Ceremony: First Rice-Eating Celebrations


Annaprasana means introducing solid food to the child, i.e. feeding rice or solid food for the first time. After this ritual is carried out, the child now can be introduced to different foods. Annaprasana is done after the Naming ceremony, and is considered auspicious because the baby can now have solid foods. Basically the first rice-eating ceremony, in India, Annaprasana is celebrated across the length and the breadth of the country, called ‘choroonu’ in Kerala, ‘mukhe bhaat’ in Bengal and ‘bhaatkhulai’ in the Garhwal hills.


 

When Is Annaprasana Done?


Annaprasana is held when the child is around six months and before he turns one and also when the child is ready to convert his diet from liquid to solid. For boys it is held on even months like a sixth or eighth month and for girls it is held during odd months like fifth or seventh month. As per the Grihyasutras, Annaprasana sanskar should be performed when the child is between six and seven months old, and not at all younger than 4 months.If the child is weak, the ceremony can be performed later. However, this ceremony must be completed before a child’s first birthday – as it is not wise not to feed the child solids till then. A child who has sprout his first set of teeth is ideal as it signifies that the little one’s stomach is ready to digest the food.


 Where Is Annaprasana  Done?


Annaprasana is held at a temple or at home, a priest is called to conduct the ceremony and he recites religious rites and prayers and even a ‘havan’ is performed on this day, then the elder family member or child’s father then feeds the baby with the first solid food which is generally made of rice, ghee and sugar or jaggery. In some cultures, a rice pudding known as Kheer is fed to the baby.


Common Annaprasana Offerings


After this is done a fun filled game is held, certain objects are kept in front of the baby where each resembles or signifies something to do with the baby’s future. It is believed that the first object which is picked up by the baby symbolizes the baby’s future. So the objects that are placed are:


  • A pen –symbolizing wisdom
  • Some books – representing knowledge
  • Gold – symbolizing wealth
  • Some soil or clay- means property
  • Some food – representing the love towards food


The baby is then encouraged or cheered to go and pick one of the items. Many jokes are cracked and many aspirations are formed. It is a proud moment for the parents as the baby has completed his transition from being an new born to and infant. The ceremony is then followed by lunch or dinner for family and close friends.



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English Name

Tamil Name

Quantity

Tirinul

திரிநூல்

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1 Box

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100 g

Incenses Stick

அகர்பதி

1 Packet

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சந்தனம்

100 g

Turmeric Powder

மஞ்சள் பொடி

100 g

Ash

விபூதி

125 g

Camphor

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100 g

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500 g

Betel Nuts

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100 g