Annaprashan is a Sanskrit word that means “Grain initiation or Rice feeding“. This refers to introducing solid food for the baby for the first time. Usually done after the Namakarana and 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 Odia Paddati Annaprasan Puja involves below steps:
- Ghata Sthapana
- Ganapathi Panchdevta Puja
- Matrugana Puja
- Bhojya daana
When to Perform Annaprashan / 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 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.
- Performing this Annaprasana puja helps to protect the child and to increase the lifespan of the child.
- It is believed that anything unhealthy or any substance that will cause illness to the child will get cleansed once this pooja is performed.
Book Odia Pandits for Annaprashan. Panditji will bring all the Puja Samagri. All the Pandits are well experienced and studied from Vedic Pathshala.