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Annaprashan Muhurat 2018
Read this article to know all Annaprashan Muhurat in 2018 and also know information about auspicious date, time and Nakshatra for performing the rituals of Annaprashan ceremony (Sanskar).
|15 Mar||Trayodashi||Thursday||In Dhanishtha Nakshatra|
|2 Apr||Dvitiya||Monday||In Swati Nakshatra|
|5 Apr||Panchami||Thursday||In Anuradha Nakshatra|
|11 Apr||Dashami||Wednesday||In Dhanishtha Nakshatra|
|12 Apr||Ekadashi||Thursday||In Shatabisha Nakshatra|
|13 Apr||Dwadashi||Friday||In Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra|
|20 Apr||Panchami||Friday||In Mrigashira Nakshatra|
|23 Apr||Ashtami||Wednesday||In Pushya Nakshatra|
|27 Apr||Dwadashi||Friday||In Hastha Nakshatra|
|2 May||Dvitiya||Wednesday||In Anuradha Nakshatra|
|3 May||Tritiya||Thursday||In Mool Nakshatra|
|7 May||Saptami||Monday||In Shravana Nakshatra|
|10 May||Dashami||Thursday||In Shatabisha Nakshatra|
|11 May||Ekadashi||Friday||In Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra|
|14 Jun||Prathama||Thursday||In Mrigashira Nakshatra|
|15 Jun||Dvitiya||Friday||In Punarvasu Nakshatra|
|20 Jun||Ashtami||Wednesday||In Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra|
|22 Jun||Dashami||Friday||In Hastha Nakshatra|
|25 Jun||Trayodashi||Monday||In Anuradha Nakshatra|
|28 Jun||Poornima||Thursday||In Mool Nakshatra|
|29 Jun||Prathama||Friday||In Uttarashada Nakshatra|
|5 Jul||Saptami||Thursday||In Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra|
|6 Jul||Ashtami||Friday||In Revati Nakshatra|
|11 Jul||Trayodashi||Wednesday||In Mrigashira Nakshatra|
|18 Jul||Shashti||Wednesday||In Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra|
|19 Jul||Saptami||Thursday||In Hastha Nakshatra (Before Bhadra)|
|20 Jul||Ashtami||Friday||In Chitra Nakshatra (After Bhadra)|
|23 Jul||Ekadashi||Monday||In Anuradha Nakshatra (Before Bhadra)|
|27 Jul||Poornima||Friday||In Uttarashada Nakshatra|
|30 Jul||Dvitiya||Monday||In Dhanishtha Nakshatra|
|2 Aug||Panchami||Thursday||In Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra|
|3 Aug||Shashti||Friday||In Revati Nakshatra (Before Bhadra)|
|8 Aug||Dwadashi||Wednesday||In Mrigashira Nakshatra|
|9 Aug||Trayodashi||Thursday||In Punarvasu Nakshatra|
|13 Aug||Dvitiya||Monday||In Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra|
|15 Aug||Panchami||Wednesday||In Hastha/Chitra Nakshatra|
|16 Aug||Shashti||Thursday||In Chitra Nakshatra|
|17 Aug||Saptami||Friday||In Swati Nakshatra|
|22 Aug||Ekadashi||Wednesday||In Uttarashada Nakshatra|
|27 Aug||Prathama||Monday||In Shatabisha Nakshatra|
|29 Aug||Tritiya||Wednesday||In Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra|
|31 Aug||Panchami||Friday||In Ashwini Nakshatra|
|3 Sep||Ashtami||Monday||In Rohini Nakshatra|
|5 Sep||Dashami||Wednesday||In Punarvasu Nakshatra|
|6 Sep||Ekadashi||Thursday||In Punarvasu Nakshatra|
|7 Sep||Dwadashi||Friday||In Pushya Nakshatra|
|10 Sep||Prathama||Monday||In Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra|
|12 Sep||Tritiya||Wednesday||In Chitra Nakshatra|
|19 Sep||Dashami||Wednesday||In Uttarashada Nakshatra|
|20 Sep||Ekadashi||Thursday||In Uttarashada Nakshatra|
|21 Sep||Dwadashi||Friday||In Shravana Nakshatra|
|26 Sep||Prathama||Wednesday||In Revati Nakshatra|
|27 Sep||Dvitiya||Thursday||In Ashwini Nakshatra|
|1 Oct||Saptami||Monday||In Mrigashira Nakshatra|
|4 Oct||Dashami||Thursday||In Pushya Nakshatra|
|5 Oct||Ekadashi||Friday||In Magh Nakshatra|
|10 Oct||Prathama||Wednesday||In Chitra Nakshatra|
|11 Oct||Tritiya||Thursday||In Swati Nakshatra|
|5 Nov||Trayodashi||Monday||In Hastha Nakshatra|
|9 Nov||Dvitiya||Friday||In Anuradha Nakshatra|
|10 Dec||Tritiya||Monday||In Uttarashada Nakshatra|
|12 Dec||Panchami||Wednesday||In Shravana Nakshatra|
|13 Dec||Shashti||Thursday||In Dhanishtha Nakshatra|
|14 Dec||Saptami||Friday||In Shatabisha Nakshatra|
Annaprashan Sanskar or Annaprasana is one of the 16 Sanskar celebrated in Hinduism. Like Mundan ceremony, this Samskara is also performed when a child is in between age of 6 months to 1 year. Annaprashan means to feed food to your baby child for the first time other than milk. It is also known as first rice eating ceremony or baby’s first feeding.
For 6 months after birth, infants are dependent on their mother’s milk. But after that, they need food for acquiring all the nutrients. This is the reason why Annaprashan Sanskar is performed when the babies are 6 months old. It is also known by different names in different regions of the country. In Kerala it is called as Choroonu, Mukhe Bhaat in West Bengal and Bhat Khulai in Garhwal regions.
In Hindu religion, Kundali is prepared and various rituals are performed, when a child is born. And accordingly as the baby grows, other Sanskars like Karnavedha, Mundan and Vidyarambh are also concluded.
Benefits of Annaprashan Sanskar
In Hinduism, food (Anná) is highly worshipped as a sacred entity. Every being on Earth needs food to live. It is also mentioned in Gita that humans are alive because of the food (Anná). This is also the reason why, Annaprashan Sanskar holds high significance in Veda and other religious texts. According to them -
- Anná not only offers nutrition, but it also nourishes the mental health of a person. This can be understood by the saying “Jaisa Khaye Anná Wasa Hoye Mann”.
- The main objective of this ceremony is to make a child healthy, agile and strong.
- From 6th or 7th month onwards, after a baby is born, his/her teeth starts to appear and the digestion process also begins to grow strong. So, when the child starts eating, his/her physical and mental development begins.
- A child becomes impure because of the presence of bad food in their body, which appears when they were in the womb. Therefore, Annaprashan Sanskar is performed to purify them of it, and also to feed them with pure food.
When and Where to Perform Annaprashan Sanskar
When a baby becomes six months old, their Annaprashan ceremony is performed. As per Hindu Calendar, there is a time difference between the rituals of Annaprasana for a boy child and a girl child.
- Even months (6th or 8th month) are considered auspicious for performing Annaprashan Sanskar of a Baby Boy whereas odd months (5th or 7th month) are considered for completing the rituals of Annaprasana for a Baby Girl.
- As per Annaprashan Vidhi, rice pudding (Kheer) or other eatables (as per family traditions or according to the place) should be fed to the child.
- This ceremony can be concluded at home or in the temple. However, if the ceremony is performed at home, then it should be carried out ritually or according to the family traditions.
- Annaprasana should be done in a Shubh Tithi or Nakshatra. Some people consider it auspicious to perform this Samskara (baby’s first feeding) on Ashtami or Navami day of Navratri, as per their family traditions.
Annaprashan Vidhi - Things You Should Do
Annaprasana is known by different names in different regions and accordingly is celebrated with lots of happiness. In Kerala, the Annaprashan Sanskar of children is carried out in the centuries-old, red-roofed Guruvayur Temple. In North India, first rice ceremony or baby’s first feeding is done both in the temple and at home.
- On this day, a child should be dressed in new clothes after bathing, most specifically Dhoti-Kurta or Lehenga-Choli.
- Perform Yagna and Havan at home, and pray for the better health and long-life of your child.
- Before feeding Anná to your child, offer the cooked food to the God. Then, perform Annaprasana of your baby.
- First worship all the deities in a Shubh Muhurat. Then, family members including Grandfather - Grandmother and Mother - Father should feed Kheer to the baby with a silver spoon.
- Invite the relatives and elders to bless your baby on this auspicious occasion.
Annaprashan Sanskar and One-of-a-Kind Custom
After the auspicious ceremony of Annaprasana, there is a unique custom or game that is carried out by the family members of the baby. Numerous symbolic objects such as books, jewels, pen, clay things, etc are placed in a silver tray in front of the baby, which she/he can pick up later. These objects hold traditional beliefs which are as -
- Books represents Curiosity and Learning.
- Jewels represents Wealth.
- Pen represents Knowledge.
- Clay represents Property.
According to traditional beliefs in Hinduism, whichever object the child picks up, represents their area of interest, which they may opt in future as a hobby or career.
Importance of Annaprashan Sanskar - Know the History
When baby is in the womb of their mother, they become impure because of the presence of bad food in their body. To nullify the effects of these impurities, Annaprashan Sanskar is performed where pure food is given to the children. Although, up to 6 months, baby depends on their mother’s milk for proper nutrition. But After that, food (Anná) is introduced in their eating habits for their proper health and growth. And this is the reason why, Annaprashan Ceremony holds great significance.
There are several sayings in the regard of food such as “Healthy mind and healthy body is the product of good food”, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and so on. In holy books or Veda, food (Anná) is called the basis of life. It is also the source of strength and energy for humans. That’s why, Hinduism puts great emphasis on pure and Sattvic meal. There is also a story found in Mahabharata Era associated with the importance of Anná.
It is believed that during the battle of Mahabharata, Pandavas were listening to the preachings of Pitamah Bhishma, who was lying on the bed of arrows. He was enlightening them about Dharma (values, honor, justice and morality), when Draupadi suddenly started laughing. Everyone was surprised with her behaviour, but Pitamah asked her the reason behind it.
Panchali told him “Pitamah! You are teaching about Dharma which is really good for listening. But what about that time when I was being disrobed by Kauravas in the whole court? Where was you justness at that time? Why didn’t you give Duryodhana the knowledge of Dharma? This is what I was remembering, when I started laughing.” Listening to her, Bhishma Pitamah replied, “Putri! The food (Anná) that I used to eat at that time was of Duryodhana. The same food was even in my blood. Just like his evil nature, my food was also contaminated and had even tainted my mind and thoughts. With Arjuna’s arrows, all that sinned food formed as blood has drained. My mind is pure now and what I am speaking here is just and according to Dharma.”
This story highly justifies the saying “Jaisa Khaye Anná Wasa Hoye Mann”. Therefore, all the information given above in the context of Annaprashan Sanskar, highly validates its importance. And that is why, it is important to perform Annaprasana of your child according to the date and time mentioned in astrological texts. So that, they could acquire good health, strength, and intelligence.