Onnoprashon is a Sanskrit word that means “Grain initiation or Rice feeding“. This refers to introducing solid food for the baby for the first time. Onnoprashon is also referred to as Mukhe Bhaat, is considered very auspicious as the baby can have solid foods. The child is usually fed with very small quantities of Rice or Kheer.
In this ceremony, the baby is encouraged to choose an object like a Pen, Soil, Gold, book, food, etc kept on the plate. The first object picked by the baby symbolizes his future.
- The book/pen denotes knowledge and wisdom.
- Gold symbolizes wealth. Soil means they will be lucky with the property.
- Food signifies the characteristics of empathy and charity.
This begins with a puja 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 Kheer.
When to Perform Onnoprashon / Rice Feeding Ceremony?
This ceremony is generally performed on the 6th or 7th month on a date that is compatible with the Janma Nakshatra of the child.
Benefits of Onnoprashon Puja:
- Performing this Ceremony helps in protecting the child and increasing the life span of the child.
- It is believed that anything unhealthy or any substance that will cause illness to the child will get cleansed once this puja is performed.
Book Bengali Purohit for Onnoprashon. Panditji will bring all the Puja Samagri. All the Pandits are well experienced and studied from Vedic Pathshala.