सुवर्णप्राशनं हि एतत् मेधाग्नि बल वर्धनम् । आयुष्यं मंगलं पुण्यं वृष्यं ग्रहापहम् ॥
मासात् परम मेधावी व्याधिभिर्न च दृश्यते । षड्भि मासै: श्रुतधर सुवर्ण प्राशनात् भवेत् ॥
(काश्यप संहिता, सूत्रस्थानम् 18/4-5)
The process of Swarnaprashanam is
Medha Vardhana – improves intellect
Agni Vardhana – improves appetite
Bala Vardhana – improves strength and immunity
Ayushya Vardhana – provides longevity
Mangala – it provides spiritual, sane and holy life.
Vrushya – Aphrodisiac
Grahapaha – relieves from infection.
Varnyam – enhancement of colour and complexion
By administering Swarnaprashanam for a month, the child becomes extremely intelligent and is protected from diseases.
By six months, the child is able to retain the memory of whatever he or she hears, for a long time.
When to administer Swarnaprashana?
The classics recommend Swarnaprashana from the time of birth to 16 years (0-16 years). As seen in the verse above, it is beneficial to give it every day for at least 6 months, from the time of birth.
It is to be administered only on Pushya Nakshatra Day as mentioned in the calendar.
Why is Swarnaprasahana administered on Pushya Nakshatra day?
Pushya Nakshatra is given a lot of significance in Ayurvedic classics for various important purposes like collection of herbs and preparation of medicines. So, Pushya nakshatra day (which arrives approximately once in 28 days) is considered a good day to administer Swarnaprashana.
Pushya Nakshatra 2023 dates
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