Annaprashana, Annaprāśana, Anna-prashana: 8 definitions


Annaprashana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Annaprāśana can be transliterated into English as Annaprasana or Annaprashana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Shodhganga: Facts of society in the Manusamhita

Annaprāśana (अन्नप्राशन):—The feeding of child with cooked rice for first tim e is the ceremony called Annaprāśana. Before this ceremony, the child takes only mother’s milk. In the Manusaṃhitā, the sixth month after birth of a child is presc ribed for Annaprāśana. He gives an alternative age for performing the rite. This is to be performed according to the custom prevailing in the family. This ceremony is performed by rituals. The Gṛhyasūtras describe the whole procedure of Annaprāśana. There we have various types and the method of this ceremony. The Gṛhyasūtras mention that a child of six months age, this ceremony is performed

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta

Annaprāśana (अन्नप्राशन) refers to one of the eleven saṃskāras (purificatory rites of fire) forming part of preliminary rites before Dīkṣā: an important ritual of Śāktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

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Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Society State and Polity: A Survey

Annaprāśana (अन्नप्राशन) refers to the ceremony of “giving the child solid food” and represents one of the sixteen saṃskāras, or “ceremonies” accompanying the individual during the Gṛhastha (householder) stage of the Āśrama way of life. These ceremonies (eg., annaprāśana-saṃskāra) are community affairs and at each ceremony relations and friends gather for community eating.

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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Annaprāśana (अन्नप्राशन) refers to a type of rite involving rice, according to the Baudhāyanagṛhyasūtra II.2.5 (also Āśvalāyanagṛhyasūtra  I.16.1-5), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—The discussions on rice can be seen only in post-Ṛgvedic literature. [...] The Gṛhyasūtras ordain that rice should be ceremoniously administered to child in the annaprāśana rite.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

Annaprasana refers to one of those ceremonies of the Nambutiris performed after marriage, during pregnancy or during the birth of a child. Annaprasana is the ceremony at which food other than that from nature’s fount is first given. It is done in the sixth month after birth. The father carries the child to a group of friends and relations. The Vadhyan or purohit is present and repeats Vedic texts, while the father places a little rice and butter in the child’s mouth.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

annaprāśana (अन्नप्राशन).—n (S) Giving of solid food for the first time to an infant. One of the sixteen saṃskāra. See ṣōḍaśasaṃskāra.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Annaprāśana (अन्नप्राशन).—the ceremony of giving a new-born child food to eat for the first time, one of the 16 Saṃskāras performed between the 5th and 8th month (usually in the sixth, Ms.2.34) with preliminary oblations to fire (Mar.uṣṭāvaṇa); षष्ठेऽन्नप्राशन मासि (ṣaṣṭhe'nnaprāśana māsi) Ms.2.34; Y.1.12.

Derivable forms: annaprāśanam (अन्नप्राशनम्).

Annaprāśana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms anna and prāśana (प्राशन). See also (synonyms): annaprāśa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Annaprāśana (अन्नप्राशन).—n.

(-naṃ) A religious ceremony, in which after presenting oblations to fire, a little rice is, for the first time, put into the child’s mouth; it should take place between the fifth and eighth month. E. anna, and prāśana feeding.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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