यह संस्कार बच्चे के दांत निकलने के समय अर्थात 6-7 महीने की उम्र में किया जाता है। इस संस्कार के बाद बच्चे को अन्न खिलाने की शुरुआत हो जाती है। इस दिन किसी चांदी के बर्तन में अन्न रख कर शिशु के मुख में माँ के द्वारा पहला निवाला खिलाया जाता है।
This ritual is performed at the time when a
child gets tooth, i.e. 6-7 months of age. After this rite, the child starts
feeding food. On this day, the first morsel (piece of food) is fed by the
mother in the mouth of a baby by placing food in a silver vessel.
of Annaprashana Sanskar
When the child has been given food in
addition to drinks, milk and other liquor items etc., then that is started with
a yagya environment in the form of a ceremonial ritual which is called as the Annaprashana Sanskar. It is said that
when a child gets the tooth, it indicated that he/she is eligible of feeding
extra edible food. Accordingly, the food processing is done
around 6 months of age. Food is deeply related to the body. Humans’ most of the
time is utilized in the management of dietary appetites. It is appropriate to
understand its importance and and try to make it a good practice, everyday.
This is what happens
in the Annaprashana Sanskar as well.
Good start means - half success. The first mantra of the 40th
chapter of Yarujudeva, i.e. तेन त्यक्तेन भुंजीथा says have food with renunciation. Our tradition
reveals that: as soon as food comes to the plate, the parts of ant, dog etc
should be put aside, followed by doing Panchabali.
Before eating food, sacrifice the food to God or offer it in fire.
Sacred Sacraments (Puja Vidhi) of Annaprashan
The main four customs of Annaprashan Sanskar
1- Patra Pujan
2- Anna Sanskar
3- Special sacrifice (Vishesh Aahuti)
The bowl and spoon used for
the preparation of the Annaprashan.
Get a silver tea spoon for
Kheer, Honey, Ghee, Tulsi
and Gangajal. These five things that are made in different vessels should be
All food items collected in the vessel - (Kheer, Sahad
(honey), Ghee, Tulsi, Gangajal).
(flowers for Puja). Mantra (मन्त्र)
that should be recited at the time of Akshat -Pushp- ॐ
तत्त्वं पूषन्नपावृणु सत्यधर्माय दृष्टये॥
should chant this mantra and make Swastika from chandan, roli outside the
divine vessel- bowl.
Flowers and rice. Imagine that divinity is being established in the sacred bowl
with the influence of the holy environment, which will protect the food kept
for the child.
should take some rice and vermillion in their hands and follow the recited mantra along with the Brahmin for the
Kheer's bowl in both the hands and chant
this mantra for the next ritual:
कुसंस्काराः दूरीभूयासुः। (अन्न के पूर्व कुसंस्कारों का निवारण करते हैं।) मन्त्र- ॐ पयः
पृथिव्यां पयऽओषधीषु पयो दिव्यन्तरिक्षे पयोधाः।पयस्वतीः प्रदिशः सन्तु मह्यम्॥
Annaprashan, mix all the things properly one by one in the vessel while
reciting the Mantras.
Kheer in the vessel. Put some of the Kheera aside for baby and rest for 5
divine sacrifices in the yagna (hawan).
that this food is going to shower blessings, happiness and wealth onto the
child. Take the respective bowl in both the hands and concentrate to godheads.
Honey (मधु ):
मधु वाता ऽ ऋतायते
मधु क्षरन्ति सिन्धवः। माध्वीर्नः सन्त्वोषधीः॥ ॐ मधु
नक्तमुतोषसो मधुमत्पार्थिव * रजः। मधु द्यौरस्तु नः पिता॥ ॐ मधुमान्नो
वनस्पतिर्मधुमाँ२ अस्तु सूर्यः। माध्वीर्गावो भवन्तु नः॥
a little honey inside the kheer vessel. Imagine that this honey is mixing the quality
of being sweet inside the child and simultaneously generating the attributes of
kindness, patience and having a sympathetic nature in future.
घृतं घृतपावानः पिबत वसां वसापावानः। पिबतान्तरिक्षस्य हविरसि स्वाहा। दिशः प्रदिशऽआदिशो विदिशऽद्दिशो दिग्भ्यःस्वाहा॥
some ghee in the vessel, mix it well whilst reciting mantra. This ghee will
ease the stomach and remove the dullness. This mixed substance will relieve the
rudeness, bad-manners and insolence from the child and bring in the traits of
affection, fertility, goodness overall.
याऽ ओषधीः पूर्वा जाता देवेभ्यस्त्रियुगं पुरा। मनै नु बभ्रूणामह* शतं धामानि सप्त च॥
the pieces of Tulsi in the vessel while quoting this mantra. This medicine is
not only for the physical growth, yet helpful in suppressing spiritual and
mental problems as well . This mantra also renders child to be more dedicated
towards God and his divine powers.
पञ्च नद्यः सरस्वतीमपि यन्ति सस्रोतसः। सरस्वती तु पञ्चधा सो देशेभवत्सरित्॥
some drops of Gangajal in the bowl and mix it. Splitting holy Gangajal in the
bowl for the ritualistic purposes vanishes all the sins and spreads virtuous
enrichment to the food.
अन्नपतेन्नस्य नो देह्यनमीवस्य शुष्मिणः। प्रप्रदातारं तारिषऽऊर्जं नो धेहि द्विपदे चतुष्पदे॥
Proffer a little bit
of Kheer with a spoon to the child while chanting mantra. It is to be assumed
that the sacrificial kheer is virtuous and will pave the way for the child's
physical health, mental balance, ideological excellence and characteristic
authenticity. After completing these spiritual customs, bless the baby with
good health and wealth.