Annaprashan (Ritual rice initiation)

Annaprashan ceremony of Baby Aswin held at Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple.

Infants are fed breast milk until around six months of age after which solid food is recommended. The ceremony of first solid food feeding is a traditional Hindu ritual called ‘Annaprashan’. Annaprashan of Baby Aswin was performed at Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple of  Adi Sankara Nilayam on 06 April 2019. It marks the milestone of a baby moving from exclusive liquid food to solid food. Annaprashan is a naimittika karma performed across India. It is known as Choroonu in Kerala. After this ritual, the baby is weaned off breast milk.

Annaprashan was initially conducted at homes. However, these days, people prefer this to be performed at a temple to obtain the blessings of the family deity. The ceremony procedure starts with the baby being seated on his or her Father’s lap, who is supposed to feed them solid food in the form of a small soft morsel of  rice. After the baby consumes the initial serving, baby’s Mother and other family members feed him/ her further as a ritual in order to shower their blessings..