Annprashan Sanskar is performed in which the child is given solid food for the first time.
- Let’s first learn the significance and importance of Annprashan Sanskar.
- Then we will learn about the Puja items.
- We will do Panch Peeth puja.
- We will conclude the Annprashan Sanskar with a small Yagna.
STEP 1: Let’s understand Annprashan Sanskar
Watch the video to know the significance and importance of this Annprashan Sanskar.
STEP 2: Let’s Collect Puja Items for Annprashan Sanskar & Learn their Significance
- Moli (red thread)
- Roli (red powder)
- Incense sticks
- Sweets, Fruits
- Curd (Yogurt)
- Clarified butter (Ghee)
- Dry fruits
- Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
STEP 3: Let’s understand Annprashan Sanskar
First we will do the panch peeth puja
Let's follow the video through this step.
STEP 5: Now Let's Perform Havan
We will conclude the Annprashan Sanskar ceramony with a small havan or yagna.
Watch and follow along with the video to perform the havan.
We will conclude Annprashan Sanskar with the aarti or Shanti Path
Let’s do the Shanti Path.
Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina
Regional Information For Annprashan Sanskar
Vedas have defined the way of living for each individual in a very scientific and well defined manner. Sanskars are one of the means to reach this goal. An individual right from his birth till the death has to perform these 16 Sanskars or Stages. The literal meaning of the word “Sanskar” means cleansing the bad things out from someone and preparing him for the next phase in life. The Sanskars are performed for the Mental, physical, behavioral, and spiritual balance and progress of an individual. These ceremonies are vital for a human being to change his mind and means as well as fresh challenges.
After the 5th or 6th month from birth, before teething starts Annprashan Sanskar is performed in which the child is given the solid food.
Panchpeeth Puja is done, followed by Havan for Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Mix all the food items prepared at home and offer in the Havan (as Aahuti). A small portion from this mixture is given to the child by the eldest person as per the family tradition. The remainder food is offered to the pets or the birds. The satisfaction achieved through eating this food by birds or the pet is believed to benefit the child.
As per family tradition, Sweet porridge or rice pudding can be given to the child. One can also give rice with curd, honey and ghee to the child while reciting Prasad Mantras. From now onwards, the child relationship with the food begins. Prepare various dishes for the relatives and they will give blessing to the child.