Puja is a ritual to celebrate the introduction of
solid food in a child’s diet. ‘Anna’ refers to food or rice, and “Prashan”
means ‘to consume’. This ceremony is usually performed in the sixth month of a
baby. It marks the first solid food consumed by a child. The objective of this
ceremony is to pray to God to bless the child with good digestive powers. It is
an auspicious occasion where all friends and family come together and bless the
child for good health and life.
This ritual is important because calls upon all the Gods, with Agni being a witness, and bless the child with good health and good life. It helps purify any impurities the child attained so far in his life. It also marks the introduction of a child inside our society and the human world.
This Rice feeding ceremony is performed with the belief that it will remove any inadequacies that may have been present. But this will happen only after it is carried out according to the proper Vedic method. Although the baby has been drinking milk, this ceremony is important as it is the first time he will consume solid food. Age is an important aspect to be looked into. This Puja has to be done between the ages of six to seven. If performed earlier, his body might not be able to digest it and delaying it too much might affect the health of the child.