According to the Sanatan dharma the Anna prashan rite should be performed when a baby’s teeth start growing and she eats solid food apart from milk for the first time.
In this ceremony the baby is fed solid food, usualy it’s Kheer. It’s light and easy to digest for the baby. This Kheer is prepared with honey, ghee, tulasi (balsam leaves), and Gangajal. Kheer made by these elements is nutritious, pure and promotes spiritual qualities.
According to the scriptures our nature temperament, and personality depends a great deal on the food we eat. That’s why only pure and nutritious food is used for Anna Prashana ceremony. To make sure that this ceremony is performed at an auspicious time, Muhurtha or electional astrology is used.
Time of the ceremony:
According to vedic astrology the Anna prashan ceremony should be performed at different times for boy and girls. For boys the ceremony should be performed in the sixth, eighth or the tenth month. For girls it should be performed in the fifth, seventh, ninth or the eleventh month from birth.
The Nakshatras considered auspicious for Anna Prashan are: – Rohini, Uttara Phalguni, Uttara Ashada, Uttara Bhadrapada, Swati, Punarvasu, Shravan, Dhanishtha, Shatabhisha, Mrigshira, Revati, Chitra, Anuradha, Hasta, Ashwani, Pushya, Shatabhisha.
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Try to perform the ceremony in one of these Nakshatras to enhance its auspiciousness. All other Nakshatras apart from the ones listed above are not considered auspicious for Anna Prashan.
Vedic astrology says that the Rikta tithis (fourth, ninth, fourteenth), or Nanda tithis (Pratipada, Sixth, eleventh), or eighth, twelfth, Amavas, are not considered auspicious for Anna Prashan. You can perform this ceremony on second, third, fifth, seventh, tenth, thirteenth, or Poornima for auspicious results.
Mondya, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday are considered most auspicious for Anna Prashan.
The auspicious ascendants for Anna Prashan are: Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius. If a benefic planet is located in the first, third, fifth, seventh or ninth house, it will increase the auspiciousness. A malefic planet located in the third, sixth or the eleventh house is also considered beneficial.
Avoid these factors:
Avoid performing the Anna Prashan ceremony if the ascendant is Aries, Scorpio or Pisces. Also avoid the eigth ascendant from the birth ascendant of the baby. Moon should not be placed in the first, sixth or the eighth house, and the tenth house should be vacant. Moon and Tara shuddhi are also vital for this ceremony and if they are not present, it should not be performed.
A sub-ceremony called Bhoomi Upeveshan may also be performed. This ceremony should be performed when the child is allowed to touch the earth for the first time. This ceremony should be performed in the fifth month from birth.
Nakshatra For Bhumi Upeveshan:
Bhumi Upveshana should be performed in Uttara Phalguni, Uttara Ashada, Uttara Bhadrapad, Rohini, Hast, Ashwini, Pushya, Abhijit, Mrigshira, Anuradha or Jyestha Nakshatras.
All the tithis except Rikta (fourth, ninth, fourteenth) are considered auspicious for this ceremony.
In this ceremony a thread is tied around the waist of the baby, thus it’s also called the ‘Kati-sootra’ ceremony.