From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Every act in a person’s life is, somehow or the other, to be connected with God and religion. The ‘navānna’ is one such ritual. When paddy is harvested, the rice got out of it should first be offered to God before any use. This ceremony of offering cooked rice is called ‘navānna’. It is generally done in the month of Agrahāyaṇa or Mārgaśira[1] Performance of śrāddhas and feeding birds and animals are a part of this.


  1. Mārgaśira falls in December-January.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore