Annaprashan Samskara/ Annaprasana Pooja is a common pooja for all hindus. The main purpouse of the Annaprashan Samskara is transition the food diet form the liquid to solid. Usually Annaprashan Samskara/ Annaprasana Pooja is performed for baby boy in even month & for baby girl in odd month. Annaprashan Samskara event should perform before the child’s first birthday. Usually Annaprashan Pooja can done at home or at a temple.
First, the Pandit Ji will perform the Ganesh Pooja as part of Annaprashan Samskara. Then mandapa aradhan will perform by worshiping Navagraha, Ashtadikpalakas & Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara and show naivedya (usually payasam) to the god. Then the parents need to sit in the east direction, keep the baby on her mother’s lap. The father take a gold ring, then feed the baby 3 times by saying below.
- Deerga Ayushman bhava
- Shata Ayushman bhava
Finally the auspicious Annaprashan Samskara event will completed with a fun game called Jeevika Parikaha. Symbolic objects are put over a banana leaf or metallic tray which your baby can able to pick up. The objects include:
- Books for Learning
- Jewels for Wealth
- A Pen for Wisdom
- Haldi and Kumkum for Soubhagya
- Food items for a Love for food
The main objective of this game is to believe that the object your baby picks up from the tray represents his/her area of interest in future.
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