There are many first-time milestones that parents witness in their baby – first sound, first step, first word, and among them, the first taste of solid food. The transition from a liquid diet to solids is one that no parent would want to miss and it is celebrated all over the country, in a ceremony known as Annaprashan. ‘Annaprashan’ or ‘annaprasana’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘food eating’ or ‘food feeding’. It marks the beginning of solid food in a baby’s life. This ceremony is a famous traditional ceremony celebrated in the Hindu way of life, in the presence of family and elders. The baby is given its first solid food, after being on the all milk diet for the first few months after its birth. Following this ceremony, the baby will start on semi-solids other than milk. This tradition is followed in many parts of the country under different names. Only slight variations in customs and rituals are seen. It is known as Mukhe Bhaat in Bengal, Bhaatkhulai Rasm in Garhwah Hills, and Choroonu in Kerala. In this article, you can find the Annaprashan Muhurat 2021.

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IMPORTANCE of Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

It is an age-old tradition to calculate an auspicious time, known as ‘Muhurat’, before performing any auspicious task. To find the right muhurat, knowledge of time, date, planetary position, and nakshatras is critical. Starting any essential activity after knowing the right muhurat brings you abundant success in that particular task/project. The calculation of the muhurat is performed using either the Annaprasanam date calculator or by reaching out to Vedic astrologers who’re good at reading the Vedic Panchang. Most people often figure out the time to perform the ceremony based on the traditions of their clan.

WHEN is Annaprashan performed?

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Annaprashan, or the feeding rice ceremony, is performed anytime between six months to one year of the baby’s birth. It is usually performed during the even months- the sixth or the eighth month for boys and during the odd months- the fifth or the seventh month for girls. This time frame is selected since the child gains the strength to digest the cereals and rice. If the baby is found to be of a weak disposition, the time can be postponed further.

WHERE can Annaprashan be performed?

Annaprashan can be done at home or a temple. Most people perform the ceremony at home. In the present times, owing to space constraints, a banquet hall or a community center is booked for the function. In Kerala, most people prefer to perform the ceremony at Guruvayoor, a Hindu temple.

HOW is Annaprashan performed?

According to Vedic Astrology, a specific day and time are selected, by consulting a priest, for performing the Annaprashan ceremony. Family, friends, and relatives are invited for the big day. The scale of the ceremony differs from one family to another. Some prefer to have an intimate gathering, while others may have it at a temple. The baby is bathed and clothed in new traditional clothes such as dhoti, dhoti kurta, or a lehenga choli. The baby is then seated on an elder’s lap like the father, paternal grandfather, maternal uncle, maternal grandfather (differs from place to place). The ceremony begins with a puja. Oil lamps and incense sticks are lit to purify the atmosphere. Prayers are offered to various deities to ensure the child is strong and well-spoken so that the child’s senses have their complete gratification.

The baby’s fame, broad vision, and long and happy life are also prayed for. The ceremony’s substance is to pray to the gods to bless the child with good thoughts, promising talents, and good digestive powers. The first offering is made to the gods and goddesses. This is followed by the symbolic feeding of the Prasad or the first bite of solid food, by the elder on whose lap the baby is seated. The other elders follow suit by blessing and offering a taste of the food to the baby. Then after the ceremony, the gathered people join in for some fun and games and then treat themselves to a large feast arranged. A fun game usually follows the religious ceremony, where several symbolic objects are placed on a banana leaf or silver tray. The baby is then let loose to pick. The item that the child first touches or picks, signifies his prospects. The objects, along with their significance, include:

*books – learning

*jewels – wealth

*pen – wisdom

*clay – property

*food – love for food and feeding people

Family and friends have a fabulous time cheering the little one on as he/she makes a choice.

WHAT is served during the Annaprashan ceremony?

Apart from the kheer, fried vegetables, dals, curries, and flavored rice are served during the ceremony. In Kerala, rice, curd, salt, jaggery, banana, and payasam are served to the baby, on a banana leaf.

Though this ceremony has been practiced since ancient times, certain precautions need to be considered while conducting this ceremony. Here are some ideas to help make this ceremony a special time that is easy on the nerves. 

-Make sure your baby is well-rested before the ceremony

-Limit the gathering to a few close family members and friends

-Choose comfortable clothing for your baby, preferably from natural fabrics

-Wash your hands thoroughly before feeding

-Make sure that the baby’s food is prepared fresh and hygienically

-Stick to a few essential items for the menu

-Rice is a safe first food. If kheer is a miss, keep boiled rice or rice with dal as an offering.

-Make sure your baby does not eat more than two spoonfuls of offering to avoid an upset stomach

-If an option, “thank you” gifts could be a box of sweets or dried fruits.

-Do not forget to record the occasion. Memories matter.

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WHY is Annaprashan important?

Food is considered the essence of life. No matter who we are, or what we are, we are nothing without food. We need food to develop physically and mentally. Our scriptures mention that purification of the body, and the inner mind takes place through a pure diet. Through the ceremony of Annaprashan, the Goddess of food, Annapoorna is worshipped, and the parents pray for the child’s good health and prosperity. The child becomes robust and powerful. It is believed that a baby’s teeth start coming out from the sixth or seventh month, which indicates that the digestive process is strong. After this, if the child is fed solids along with milk, both the body and mind will develop. 

List of Annaprashan Muhurat 2021/Feeding rice timings 2021

January Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

14 January 2021

Thursday

Time: From 09:02 to 13:29

15 January 2021

Friday

Time: 07:15 to 13:25

18 January 2021

Monday

Time: 07:43 to 09:14

20 January 2021

Wednesday

Time: 07:14 to 13:06

February Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

22 February 2021

Monday

06:53 to 10:58

25 February 2021

Thursday

06:51 to 13:17

March Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

15 March 2021

Monday

06:31 to 13:44

24 March 2021

Wednesday

06:21 to 10:24

April Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

19 April 2021

Monday

05:52 to 16:04

May Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

13 May 2021

Thursday

05:32 to 14:29

14 May 2021

Friday

05:31 to 14:25

17 May 2021

Monday

05:29 to 11:35

24 May 2021

Monday

11:12 to 16:02

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June Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

23 June 2021

Wednesday

05:24 to 07:00

24 June 2021

Thursday

13:50 to 16:20

July Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

15 July 2021

Thursday

05:33 to 07:16

16 July 2021

Friday

06:06 to 14:53

22 July 2021

Thursday

05:37 to 12:45

August Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

11 August 2021

Wednesday

09:32 to 15:23

13 August 2021

Friday

05:49 to 13:43

20 August 2021

Friday

05:53 to 14:54

September Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

08 September 2021

Wednesday

06:03 to 13:40

09 September 2021

Thursday

06:03 to 13:36

13 September 2021

Monday

06:05 to 08:23

16 September 2021

Thursday

06:07 to 09:37

October Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

08 October 2021

Friday

06:18 to 13:46

15 October 2021

Friday

06:22 to 13:18

18 October 2021

Monday

10:49 to 13:06

20 October 2021

Wednesday

07:41 to 12:59

November Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

10 November 2021

Wednesday

08:25 to 13:18

11 November 2021

Thursday

06:41 to 06:50

December Annaprashan Muhurat 2021

08 December 2021

Wednesday

07:02 to 12:56

10 December 2021

Friday

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07:03 to 12:48

13 December 2021

Monday

07:05 to 12:36

In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, where traditions and culture seem to disappear quietly, a celebration of such traditional ceremonies helps revive our rich culture and heritage. Friends and family are brought together, and memories are made forever. 

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