Annaprashan Puja is a celebration of a child’s first solid food. ‘Prashan’ means ‘to eat’. This ritual is normally conducted around six months of age. It is a child’s first solid food. This ceremony asks God to bless the infant with healthy digestion. It is a happy occasion when friends and family gather to bless the child’s health and life.
This rite is crucial because it invokes all Gods, including Agni, to bless the child’s health and life. It helps purge the child’s past impurities. It also commemorates a child’s entry into our society and the human world.
The newborn baby is usually fed cooked rice with ghee. Naivedyam presented to Griha Devata and Annapurnadevi during Pujas for long life and protection.
QUICK TO CALLBACK
The assumption is that this rice feeding ceremony will eradicate any shortcomings that could have existed. However, this will only occur if the procedure is followed in accordance with the correct Vedic manner. The baby has been drinking milk for some time, but this is the first time he will be receiving solid food, so it is a significant event. The age of a person is a crucial factor to consider. Between the ages of six and seven, this puja must be performed. He may not be able to digest it if it is done too soon, and postponing it too much could have an adverse effect on his health.