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Even though the Indian traditional knowledge system is very vast in volume and variety, we find extraordinary instances of interdisciplinary relation and coordination. Here Annaprāśanaṁ is the saṁskāraḥ in which the child is fed solid food for the first time. Both Āyurvēdaḥ<ref>Indian medical disciplne</ref> and dharma śāstraṃ stated annaprāśanaṁ. In the āyurvēdaḥ the emphasis is on the quantity and the type of food. As the intake of solid food has just started for the baby Suśrutaḥ<ref>the sage who wrote suśruta saṃhitā</ref> prescribes a very small quantity of well-coocked food. The food which is given must not be spicy or salty, it must be suitable for the baby. That is why a sweet dish pāyasaṁ, made by milk, jaggery/ honey, and rice is fed with a golden spoon or ring by the elders on that day.
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Annaprāśanaṁ is a compound of two words, annaṃ, and prāśanaṃ. annaṃ is food and prāśanaṃ is consuming it. So taking the food for the first time is annaprāśanaṁ. Even though the Indian traditional knowledge system is very vast in volume and variety, we find extraordinary instances of interdisciplinary relation and coordination. Here Annaprāśanaṁ is the saṁskāraḥ in which the child is fed solid food for the first time. Both Āyurvēdaḥ<ref>Indian medical disciplne</ref> and dharma śāstraṃ stated annaprāśanaṁ. In the āyurvēdaḥ the emphasis is on the quantity and the type of food. As the intake of solid food has just started for the baby Suśrutaḥ<ref>the sage who wrote suśruta saṃhitā</ref> prescribes a very small quantity of well-coocked food. The food which is given must not be spicy or salty, it must be suitable for the baby. That is why a sweet dish pāyasaṁ, made by milk, jaggery/ honey, and rice is fed with a golden spoon or ring by the elders on that day.
  
  

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Annaprāśanaṁ

Ṣaṇmāsaścainaṃ annaṃ prāśayēt laghu hitaśca[1]

Annaprāśanaṁ is a compound of two words, annaṃ, and prāśanaṃ. annaṃ is food and prāśanaṃ is consuming it. So taking the food for the first time is annaprāśanaṁ. Even though the Indian traditional knowledge system is very vast in volume and variety, we find extraordinary instances of interdisciplinary relation and coordination. Here Annaprāśanaṁ is the saṁskāraḥ in which the child is fed solid food for the first time. Both Āyurvēdaḥ[2] and dharma śāstraṃ stated annaprāśanaṁ. In the āyurvēdaḥ the emphasis is on the quantity and the type of food. As the intake of solid food has just started for the baby Suśrutaḥ[3] prescribes a very small quantity of well-coocked food. The food which is given must not be spicy or salty, it must be suitable for the baby. That is why a sweet dish pāyasaṁ, made by milk, jaggery/ honey, and rice is fed with a golden spoon or ring by the elders on that day.


tatōnnaprāśanaṃ māsi ṣaṣṭhe kāryaṃ yathāvidhiǀ aṣṭamē vāpi kartavyaṃ yacceṣṭaṃ mañgalaṃ kulēǁ[4]
ṣaṣṭhe māse annaprāśanaṃ jāteṣu daṃteṣu vāǀ[5]

It is instructed to perform the saṁskāraḥ on the sixth or eight-month from the child's birth. If that time is not suitable for the parents then it can be performed at whichever time felt to be auspicious by the elders of the family. The saṁskāraḥ is to be performed after the child gets his/her tooth. Every saṁskāraḥ is performed using some mantraḥ[6]. Annaprāśanaṃ is done using a mantraḥ which means 'My dear baby! I am giving you the best essence of herbs and liquids. It would help your health and growth'.

tasyāgratotha vinyasya śilpabhāṇḍāni sarvaśḥǀ

śastrāṇi chaiva vastrāṇi tataḥ paśyettu lakṣaṇamǁ prathamam yatsprśedbālastato bāḍham svayam tathāǀ

jīvikā tasya bālasya tenaiva tu bhaviṣyatiǁ[7]

After annaprāśanaṁ, on the same day, a small display of different objects generally used in our house is arranged. The child is placed in front of the objects and the elders observe which object does the child touch. The objects placed normally are - pen & book, gold, knife, cloth, utensils, money, etc. It is believed that whichever the object the child touches, he makes a living related to that object. For example, if the child touches a pen and book he is believed to become well read and makes a living out of teaching. This occasion is called as jīvikāparīkṣā.



  1. suśruta śrīrasthānaṃ 10.64
  2. Indian medical disciplne
  3. the sage who wrote suśruta saṃhitā
  4. yamasmrti, smrti muktāphalaṁ, p.82
  5. logākṣismrti, smrti muktāphalaṃ, p.82
  6. sacred verse from vēdaḥ, which has a significant meaning related to the karma
  7. mārkaṇḍeya smrti, smrti muktāphalaṁ, p.83