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 An auspicious occasion where the baby takes the first scoop of solid food in the presence of Gods and thereby acquire blessings for leading a healthy life free from diseases and famine. After completion of this ritual, the child can now be introduced to different foods. This ceremony is done after Namakaranam. It is a very auspicious ceremony and it is considered as the first ritual performed to the child.

Religious Significance of Annaprasana Ceremony

Annaprasana is performed for a healthy and prosperous life of a toddler in the long run. The word meaning of Annaprasana is “Anna” means “food’ mainly boiled rice, “Prasana” means ‘eating’, Totally first rice feeding of the child. This Annaprasana ceremony is done when the baby boy or girl is of fifth to eight months old because during that period child gains strength to digest the solid food or rice.

In some situations, where the child to be very weak, that time it is postponed to next months. Normally for baby girls this ceremony done in odd months, for baby boys done in even months. During that ceremony, some items like pens, books, gold, property papers, food items, flowers, etc are placed on the floor. Whatever the baby picks up to determines their future path in life. Baby father feeds the child, at that time some mantras are chanted to bless the child with good digestive powers, talent and good thoughts.

When Annaprasana Ceremony Can be performed

A date can be selected by consulting a pundit/purohit. Annaprasana is held when the child between five to eight months old. Normally for baby girls this ceremony done in odd months, for baby boys done in even months.

This ceremony is not performed when the child is younger than four months. If the baby is very weak this ceremony is performed before the baby's first birthday. A child who has to sprout their first teeth, it signifies that the child's stomach is ready to digest the food. You can perform it in homes or temples.

Advantages of Performing the Annaprasana Ceremony

  • It ensures healthy adulthood which implies a prosperous life. 
  • By performing this ritual aids in protecting the child and increasing the life span of the baby boy or girl.
  • The baby bestows the blessing and is trusted that any unwanted things devour during the baby is in the stomach will get cleansed.

The word Annaprasana refers to the ceremony of feeding the food to baby for the first time. When the baby reaches six months from birth, during that time parents feed the food for the first time. That food made with boiled rice, Ghee, Honey, Tulasi, and water, as well as this ritual, celebrated as per the gender of the baby birth chart.

Maha Ganapati Puja

The Ganapati puja is considered as an auspicious for all the ceremonies while starting the puja. By doing Ganapathi puja, you will get free from obstacles, hurdles in life. It acquires materialistic, spirituality in life.

16 common offerings for all the deities during worship.

Dhyana – Meditating

Aavaahana – Inviting the deity into the altar.

Asana – Giving a seat to the deity

Paadya – Washing the deity’s feet with pure water.

Arghya – to rinse hands and mouth.

Aachamana – Offering the water to the deity to drink.

Snaana – Bath the deity idol with various auspicious items.

Vasthra – Dressing the deity in new and clean clothes.

Yagnopaveetha – the deity wears a clean sacred thread.

Gandha – put fresh sandalwood paste on the deity.

Pushpa – Offering fresh flowers while chanting the deity’s names.

Dhoop – Spreading fragrance smoke throughout the altar.

Deepa –offering a lamp to illuminate the surrounding decorated deity.

Naivedya –  offering food for the deity.

Taambula – Offering betel nut and leaves.

Pradakshina & Namaskara – roaming the altar and bidding farewell to the deity.

Punya Vachanam

The word Punya Vachanam gives clarity of the clean ritual by invoking the blessings from the Lord Varuna (the lord of water) along with sacred rivers of the country namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu, and Cavery. The tirtha mantras recited where the Punya vachanams performed, and there all the five elements are,

Jal - water

Vayu - air

Prithvi - earth

Agni - fire

Akasha - sky or space

By the chanting of Vedic mantras related to Lord Varuna, the place will be purified, where the positive energy is being retained in the pot and Punyavachana can be performed.

Navagraha Puja

Navagrahas are nine planets, and each planet governs a specific element (five elements) in the life cycle, so the certain specified planetary combinations in the horoscope give both malefic effects and good effects.

The beneficial effects are taken into consideration of the particular planet individually and also in their combination. Generally to rectify or to neutralize the evil effect of the planets Navagraha puja be performed along with Navagraha mantras.

To remove the malefic effects of the planets this Navagraha Puja can be performed. During this puja one will get blessings from Adidevata (subordinate lord of the planet), ‘Prathana Devata’ (main deity of the planet).

Maha Mangal Aarti

The Astavedha Seva is done along with the Vedic chants. The camphor Aarti, flowers, and akshatha is offered while doing puja.

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    Tushar Kumar May 14, 2019

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    Chaitanya Chunduru May 21, 2019

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  • For my child we recently performed annaprasana at our home. During 5th or 6th month this ritual is done...purohith explained me about the procedure. I consulted PujaNPujari through online. Purohith do pooja on time and he had decided the pooja date..and brought the required materials for puja.
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  • I came to know about the importance of Annaprasana as the first ceremony to the child, I performed the ritual with PujaNPujari team. They performed puja with puja material, and purohit attended on time to make it successful.
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