Annaprashana marks an infant's first intake of food other than milk. The term annaprashan literally means "food feeding" or "eating of food". The ceremony is usually carried out when the child is six to eight months old— odd months for girls and even months for boys, when the teeth have begun to appear.
The auspicious day to perform Annaprashana ceremony can be fixed based on the child's birthchart.
Benefits of Annaprashana:
- Performing this Ceremony helps in protecting the child and increasing the life span of the child.
- The baby gets the blessing and is believed that any unwanted things swallowed during the baby is in womb will get cleansed.
- It teaches the importance of piousness of food. Scriptures say, if you eat pious food your mind will be pious. Food is not for the taste but for health and growth of the body as well as the mind.
- Ganapathi Pooja
- Punyaha Vachana
- Maha Sankalpam
- Kalasha Pooja
- Annaprashana Pooja
- Prasad Distribution
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