Annaprasana is a Sanskrit word which means grain initiation or rice feeding. Annaprasana means introducing solid food for the baby for the first time. Usually done after the Namakarana is considered very auspicious as the baby can have the solid foods. The child is usually fed with very small quantities of Rice or Sweet payasam.
Annaprasana begins with a pooja and mantras are chanted for the baby’s health and happiness, followed by the symbolic feeding of the Prasada or the first bite of solid food usually Payasa.
When to perform Annaprasana?
This ceremony is usually performed on the 6th or 7th month on a date which is compatible to the jenma nakshatra of the child on a good and an auspicious thithi and yoga.