Annaprasana: Everything you need to know

Hi! I hope you enjoy All the ritual ceremonies very well this year! In this article, we will learn about the Annaprasana ceremony of Hindu ritual. 

We know that food is essential for our daily life. When A newborn baby starts for the first time Solid food As a mother to see it’s a pleasurable feeling.

Meaning of Annaprasana

Annaprasana is a Sanskrit word that means Grain Initiation”. Annaprasana is also called the” Rice ceremony”.this marks when the baby girl, who has been breastfeeding till now, gains solid food.

Annaprasana is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion across India and the Indian diaspora worldwide. Annaprasana also known as Annaprasana or Mukhe Bhaat, is a traditional Hindu ceremony. It is also known as the rice-feeding ceremony or the first rice-eating ceremony.

The ceremony involves several rituals and customs, varying according to regional and cultural traditions. However, the core elements of Annaprasana remain the same.

The ceremony begins with the selection of an auspicious date and time, usually determined by the family pandit. The infant is bathed and dressed in new clothes, and the family members and guests gather for the event.

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What is the Right time to celebrate this Annaprasana ceremony?

The Annaprasana ceremony is performed from six months to the first year of birth or birthday. When a baby gets smooth teeth.

Generally, it performs this ceremony for boys during the sixth or eighth months, and For girls, it is also performed during the odd months, like the fifth or seventh months.


The Annaprasanan Ceremony holds great importance in Hindu culture as it marks an essential milestone in a child’s life. It is believed that this ceremony brings good luck and prosperity to the child and is seen as a symbolic act of the child’s gradual transition from infancy to childhood. It is also considered a way to thank God for providing sustenance to the child and to seek blessings for the child’s healthy growth and development.

Overall, Annaprasana is an important ceremony that holds significant cultural and spiritual value in Hinduism. It marks an essential milestone in a child’s life and symbolizes their transition from infancy to childhood. The ceremony is a way to seek blessings for the child’s healthy growth and development, and it is also an occasion to celebrate with family and friends.

Annaprasana Gift

It is a pleasure to be invited to a celebration, but deciding on a gift is usually difficult. Gifts can be chosen based on the significance of each event. Annaprasana is most popular for gifts made of precious metal for a baby. It can be silver utensils or jewellery made of silver or gold. You may also give some utensils, as the baby has started eating from this day. As this gift goes with almost every occasion, you can also give some fancy dresses to the baby. We will leave the rest to your imagination.

Annaprasana Wishes

Sometimes it’s challenging to choose how to express wishes for an event. So here we help you with some Annaprasana. Since this event is about weaning the baby, we wish the parents that it will be incredibly beneficial for the infant’s nourishment.

What is the service during the “Annaprasana” ceremony?

Generally, on the day of the Annaprasana ceremony, a special plate is served with a variety of foods for the baby.  Most people make rice pudding or kheer on this occasion. However, the types of dishes vary from region to region also.

How to make rice pudding or Kheer

Many people think about how to make rice pudding or kheer for their baby on this occasion.

Here I mention the rice pudding or Kheer recipe. After serving this, I hope your child feels good.

  1. Main ingredients – Milk and Rice.   
  2. At least one hour Before cooking the kheer Soak some rice grains in the water. (Quantity- 5 tablespoons/litter milk)
  3. After that, add soaked rice grains to the boiling milk and cook them until the rice is boiled in milk properly (gas flame low). Keep stringing it properly.
  4. Finally, after a few times kheer is ready, don’t add anything else.

Annaprasana Vidhi

Mainly, Annaprasana Vidhi in the following categories like

  1. Patrav pujan 
  2. Anna Sanskar 
  3. Vishesh Ahuti 
  4. Kheer prashan 

So let’s describe each step one by one;-

1. Patrav pujan

Annaparashanna vidhi of pujan ceremony is an important part of the  Annaprasana ceremony as it signifies the beginning of the baby ‘journey into the world of solid food. The patra is considered a sacred vessel, and its worship is meant to invoke the blessing of the divine for the baby’s future.

Selection of Patra

A copper plate is selected for the ceremony, and it is cleaned and polished to make it shine. 

Worshipping of Patra

The patra is then worshiped with flowers, incense, and others , while mantras are chanted. Recite this Mantra while praying:-

ॐ हिरण्मयेन पात्रेण, सत्यस्यापिहितं मुखम्।
तत्त्वं पूषन्नपावृणु, सत्यधर्माय दृष्टये||

      oṃ hiraṇmayena pātreṇa, satyasyāpihitaṃ mukham।
      tattvaṃ pūṣannapāvṛṇu, satyadharmāya dṛṣṭaye||

2. Anna Sanskar :

Anna Sanskar is a Hindu ritual that involves the preparation of the first meal for an infant. It is typically performed as a part of the Annaprasana ceremony, which marks the introduction of solid food to the baby.

When the baby is shifted from solid form to liquid. Let’s now talk about how to prepare the baby’s first meal.

Now, let’s discuss the procedure for preparing the baby’s first meal.

1. When put some kheer in the holy vessel while reciting this mantra;

ॐ पयः पृथिव्यां पयऽओषधीषु पयो दिव्यन्तरिक्षे पयोधाः।

पयस्वतीः प्रदिशः सन्तु मह्यम्॥

oṃ payaḥ pṛthivyāṃ paya’oṣadhīṣu payo divyantarikṣe payodhāḥ।

payasvatīḥ pradiśaḥ santu mahyam

2. After then add a little drop of honey to it while reciting this mantra:-

ॐ मधुवाता ऋतायते मधुक्षरन्ति सिन्धवः। माध्वीर्नः सन्त्वोषधीः। ॐ मधु नक्तमुतोषसो मधुमत्पार्थिवᳬं रजः। मधुद्यौरस्तु नः पिता। ॐ मधुमान्नो वनस्पतिः मधुमाँ२ऽअस्तु सूर्य्यः। माध्वीर्गावो भवन्तु नः।

Oṃ madhuvātā ṛtāyate madhukṣaranti sindhavaḥ। mādhvīrnaḥ santvoṣadhīḥ। oṃ madhu naktamutoṣaso madhumatpārthivagṃ rajaḥ। madhudyaurastu naḥ pitā। oṃ madhumānno vanaspatiḥ madhumām̐2’astu sūryyaḥ। mādhvīrgāvo bhavantu naḥ।

Signification :- generating good ethics in the baby.

3. After then add a little ghee and reciting this mantra:-

ॐ घृतं घृतपावानः पिबत वसां वसापावानः। पिबतान्तरिक्षस्य हविरसि स्वाहा।

दिशः प्रदिशऽआदिशो विदिशऽ उद्दिशो दिग्भ्यः स्वाहा॥

Oṃ ghṛtaṃ ghṛtapāvānaḥ pibata vasāṃ vasāpāvānaḥ। pibatāntarikṣasya havirasi svāhā।

diśaḥ pradiśa’ādiśo vidiśa’ uddiśo digbhyaḥ svāhā ॥

Signification :- “Ghee” will make the baby kind, and remove roughness..

4. Now ass holy basil leaves and chant (recting) this mantra:-

ॐ या ओषधीः पूर्वा जाता देवेभ्यस्त्रियुगं पुरा।
मनै नु बभ्रूणामहᳬं शतं धामानि सप्त च॥

oṃ yā oṣadhīḥ pūrvā jātā devebhyastriyugaṃ purā।
manai nu babhrūṇāmahagṃ śataṃ dhāmāni sapta ca॥

Signification;-It’s a medicine for the mind as well as the body. Deity Tulsi is considered quite dedicated to the god, according to legend.

5. Now Add some drops of Holy River Ganga water and recite this mantra :-

ॐ पंच नद्यः सरस्वतीम् अपि यन्ति सस्रोतसः।
सरस्वती तु पंचधा सो देशेऽभवत्सरति॥ 

oṃ paṃca nadyaḥ sarasvatīm api yanti sasrotasaḥ।
sarasvatī tu paṃcadhā so deśe’bhavatsarati॥

Signification:-Ganga water kills all the impurities in the food and makes it sanctified and pure. A baby’s character will be infused with holy ethics through this mixing of holy ingredients. And lastly , Put this Kheer mix in front of the worship place so that it will be blessed by the gods.

 Start the Havan (fire sacrifice ritual) now and complete the Gayatri Mantra offerings.

3. Vishesh Aahuti

The Vishesh Ahuti ceremony is an important part of the Annaprasana ceremony as it is believed to purify the environment and bring good luck and prosperity to the baby and his or her family. 

The ceremony is a symbol of gratitude and devotion to the divine and is meant to invoke their blessings for the baby’s future.

If the Gayatri Mantra offerings are completed, now  will offer the first meal of the child to the god in the fire. It should be done 5 times while chanting the below given Mantra:

ॐ देवीं वाचमजन्यन्त देवाः तां विश्वरूपाः पशवो वदन्ति।
सा नो मन्द्रेषपूर्जं दुहाना देनुर्वागस्मानुप दुष्टुतैतु स्वाहा।
इदं वाचे इदं न मम।

      oṃ devīṃ vācamajanyanta devāḥ tāṃ viśvarūpāḥ paśavo vadanti।
      sā no mandreṣapūrjaṃ duhānā denurvāgasmānupa duṣṭutaitu svāhā।
      idaṃ vāce idaṃ na mama।

4. Anna Prasana

After completing the vishesh Ahuti. The baby is fed while chanting this mantra:-

ॐ अन्नपतेऽन्नस्य नो देह्यनमीवस्य शुष्मिणः।
प्रप्रदातारं तारिषऽऊर्जं नो धेहि द्विपदे चतुष्पदे॥ 

oṃ annapate’nnasya no dehyanamīvasya śuṣmiṇaḥ।
prapradātāraṃ tāriṣa’ūrjaṃ no delhi dvipada catuṣpade॥

Signification :-Pray that the rites have made this Kheer extremely auspicious, bringing the infant good health, mental stability, sharp thinking, and good character.


Overall, Annaprasana is an important ceremony that holds significant cultural and spiritual value in Hinduism. It marks an essential milestone in a child’s life and symbolizes their transition from infancy to childhood. Furthermore, if you want to learn about Aksharabhyasam of your child you simply can visit 99pandit’s portal. The ceremony is a way to seek blessings for the child’s healthy growth and development, and it is also an occasion to celebrate with family and friends.

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