Onnoprashon is a Sanskrit word which means grain initiation or rice feeding. This means 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 Sweet Kheer.
in this ceremony, the baby is encouraged to choose an object like pen, Soil, Gold, book, food etc kept in 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 Annaprashan / Rice Feeding Ceremony?
This ceremony is usually performed on the 6th or 7th month on a date that is compatible with the janma nakshatra of the child.
Benefits of Annaprashan Puja:
- 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 the womb will get cleansed.
Book Bengali Purohit for Onnoprashon. All the Puja Samagri will be brought by Panditji. All the Pandits are well experienced and have Vedic Knowledge.
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