Annaprasanam is one of the 16 Sanskaras in the Hindu tradition. In this practice, the baby is fed rice or any other form of good for the first time after relying on milk-diet in the early days of his/her childhood. The newborn child must be fed mother’s milk to ensure he/she grows properly, but must also be given solid food once they start growing. Usually, the Annaprasanam ceremony is done once the baby has completed six months after birth.

What do you understand by the term Annaprasanam?

The word Annaprasanam is a combination of two Sanskrit words – “Anna” and “Prasanam”.  Combining the two, we get the meaning of the term Annaprasanam in English as “the process of feeding rice or grains. This popular festival is known by different names across India like:

  • Mukhebhaat – in West Bengal
  • Choroonu – in Kerala
  • Bhaat khulai – in Uttarakhand
  • Pasni – in Nepal

Why Celebrating Annaprasanam Matters?

Celebrating Annaprasanam has its significance similar to other Sanskaras in the Hindu tradition, that are both religious, spiritual, and logical. The principal idea behind celebrating this festival is to promote good health and proper nutrition. Shastras state that when a baby is still in their mother’s womb, polluted food particles stand the chance of entering their body. So, by celebrating Annaprasanam, people ensure that the child gets to eat fresh food making the kid strong and have good immunity. The intake of solid food also strengthens the child’s body, heart, and mind.

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 Muhurat for Annaprasanam: Why are they Important?

 It’s an age-old tradition to calculate a shubh muhurat before starting with any auspicious task. To find the right muhurat, knowledge of time, date, planetary position, and nakshatras is critical. Starting any critical activity after knowing the right muhurat brings you abundant success in that particular task/project.

The calculation of the muhurat is calculated either using the Annaprasanam date calculator or by reaching out to the 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.

Here’s a quick overview of the best muhurat for Annaprasanam in 2020:

Feeding Rice/Annaprashan Muhurat 2020

Annaprashan Muhurat In 2020 January
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
2 January 2020 Thursday Pausha S. Saptami Purva Bhadrapada From 07:14 to 12:44
8 January 2020 Wednesday Pausha S. Trayodashi Rohini From 07:15 to 13:56
27 January 2020 Monday Magha S. Tritiya Shatabhisha From 07:12 to 14:37
29 January 2020 Wednesday Magha S. Chaturthi Purva Bhadrapada From 12:13 to 14:29
30 January 2020 Thursday Magha S. Panchami Uttara Bhadrapada From 07:11 to 13:20
Muhurat for Annaprashan – February 2020
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
7 February 2020 Friday Magha S. Trayodashi Punarvasu From 07:06 to 13:53
26 February 2020 Wednesday Phalgun S. Tritiya Uttara Bhadrapada From 06:50 to 14:53
28 February 2020 Friday Phalgun S. Panchami Ashwini From 06:48 to 14:45
5 March 2020 Thursday Phalgun S. Dashami Ardra From 11:26 to 13:19
Annaprashan Muhurat 2020 March
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
26 March 2020 Thursday Chaitra S. Dwitiya Revati From 06:18 to 15:20
Annaprashan Dates In 2020 April
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
3 April 2020 Friday Chaitra S. Dashami Pushya From 06:09 to 13:58
6 April 2020 Monday Chaitra S. Trayodashi Purva Phalguni From 12:16 to 14:36
8 April 2020 Wednesday Chaitra S. Purnima Hasta From 06:03 to 08:05
30 April 2020 Thursday Vaisakha S. Saptami Pushya From 05:41 to 14:39
Annaprashan Muhurat In 2020 May
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
25 May 2020 Monday Jyeshtha S. Tritiya Mrigashira From 05:26 to 05:54
27 May 2020 Wednesday Jyeshtha S. Panchami Punarvasu From 05:25 to 15:49
Muhurat for Annaprashan – June 2020
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
1 June 2020 Monday Jyeshtha S. Dashami Hasta From 05:24 to 13:16
5 June 2020 Friday Jyeshtha S. Purnima Anuradha From 13:56 to 15:14
22 June 2020 Monday Ashadha S. Pratipada Ardra From 13:31 to 16:27
24 June 2020 Wednesday Ashadha S. Tritiya Pushya From 05:25 to 10:14
Annaprashan Dates In 2020 July
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
27 July 2020 Monday Shravan S. Saptami Chitra From 05:40 to 07:10
29 July 2020 Wednesday Shravan S. Dashami Vishakha From 08:33 to 15:34
Muhurat for Annaprashan – August 2020
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
03 August 2020 Monday Shravan S. Purnima Uttara Ashadha From 09:26 to 16:00
21 August 2020 Friday Bhadrapada S. Tritiya Uttara Phalguni From 05:54 to 14:00
27 August 2020 Thursday Bhadrapada S. Navami Jyeshta From 12:37 to 14:26
28 August 2020 Friday Bhadrapada S. Dashami Mool From 05:57 to 08:39
31 August 2020 Monday Bhadrapada S. Trayodashi Shravan From 05:59 to 08:49
Annaprashan Dates In 2020 September
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
2 September 2020 Wednesday Bhadrapada S. Purnima Shatabhisha From 06:00 to 10:52
18 September 2020 Friday Ashwin S. Pratipada Uttara Phalguni From 12:51 to 15:03
Annaprashan Muhurat 2020 October
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
19 October 2020 Monday Ashwin S. Tritiya Anuradha From 06:26 to 06:49
21 October 2020 Wednesday Ashwin S. Panchami Mool From 06:27 to 06:57
23 October 2020 Friday Ashwin S. Saptami Uttara Ashadha From 06:29 to 06:57
26 October 2020 Monday Ashwin S. Dashami Shatabhisha From 06:29 to 09:00
29 October 2020 Thursday Ashwin S. Trayodashi Uttara Bhadrapada From 06:31 to 14:04
2020 November Annaprashan Muhurat  
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
16 November 2020 Monday Karthik S. Pratipada Anuradha From 07:07 to 12:54
19 November 2020 Thursday Karthik S. Panchami Purva Ashadha From 09:38 to 12:42
27 November 2020 Friday Karthik S. Dwadashi Ashwini From 08:28 to 13:38
30 November 2020 Monday Karthik Purnima Rohini From 06:56 to 13:26
Annaprashan Muhurat 2020 December
Date Day Month & Tithi Nakshatra Annaprashan Muhurat Duration
17 December 2020 Thursday Margashirsha S. Tritiya Uttara Ashadha From 07:08 to 13:44
24 December 2020 Thursday Margashirsha S. Dashami Ashwini From 07:11 to 13:17


  • Favorable Weekdays – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Favorable Stars – All Fixed Stars (Rohini, Uthram, Uthradam, Uthrattathi), all movable stars (Punartham, Chothi, Thiruvonam, Avittam, Chathayam), all friendly stars (Makayiram, Chithra, Anizham, Revathi) and all dynamic stars (Aswati, Pooyam, Atham)
  • Unfavorable Tithis – Dwitiya, Tritiya, Panchami, Saptami, Dashami, Trayodashi, and Purnima
  • Unfavorable Nithya Yoga – Vishkamba, Athigandha, Soola, Gandha, Vyaghata, Vajra, Vyathipatha, Parikha, Vaidhrithi
  • Unfavorable Karanas – Vishti

Apart from these, common Panchanga shuddhi checks, the general astrological quality based on the horoscope for the moment is also analyzed. Also, factors such as Solar and Lunar eclipses, Sankranti, and Sandhyakalam are considered.

Basic Rules and Rituals for Subho Annaprasanam 2020

The provision of Annaprasanam Sanskar varies according to the gender of the baby. If the baby is a boy, then Annaprasanam for baby boy is done in the 6th, 8th, or 10th month.

However, if in case, you have a baby girl, then you can perform the Annaprasanam for the baby girl in the 5th, 7th, or the 9th month.

To ensure the Annaprasanam ceremony is completed properly, you must feed the baby a sweet dish (kheer), and following all the rituals for Annaprasanam Sanskar is equally important irrespective of where the ceremony is commemorated at one’s temple or a temple.

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How to Perform the Annaprasanam Ritual


  • Give a proper warm bath to your baby before initiating the ceremony
  • Dress them up in fresh clothes as per your traditional attire
  • Organize a proper Havan/Yagya on the location you’re performing the pooja (your house/temple)
  • Start the ceremony by worshipping your Kul Devi/Devta in the auspicious muhurat and offer them sweet dish (kheer) as prasadam
  • Pour out the kheer in a silver utensil and feed it to your baby
  • Ensure that the baby is facing the South direction during the ceremony
  • Seek blessings of all the elders in the family for the baby

In many families, once the Annaprasanam ceremony is done, the family keeps a variety of items like books, pen, soil, among others in front of the baby in a silver utensil. It is believed that whatever item the baby picks, they will build their career/business in the same vertical.

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