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Origin of Swarnaprashana

One of the sixteen paediatric samskaras recorded in ancient writings is Swarna Prashana.

Swarna and Prashana are two words that are combined to form the word “Swarnaprashana”. Swarna is a typical name that describes the honourable metal Gold. The act of eating, drinking, or ingesting is referred to as prshana.

Origins can be found in the Vedic eras. Ghrya sutras and Manusmriti contain references to swarna prashana. Before 600 B.C., the Kashayapa Samhita or Vridha Jeevaka Tantra have direct references to swarna prashana.

What does Swarnaprashana Contain?

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Shuddha Swarna-bhasma, shuddha Ghrita (pure ghee), and shuddha Madhu (pure honey) are the substances used in Swarna Prashana. According to Ayurvedic scriptures, the Putapaka technique is used to prepare Swarna-bhasma. Three processes make up this process: Shodhan (purifying gold to remove physical impurities), Bhavna (reducing particle size through wet grinding), and Maran (incineration to further reduce particle size). To decrease the particle size, the Bhavna and Maran techniques are repeatedly applied to the metal. The burned material is then thoroughly pulverised to produce Swarna-Bhasma, a brownish-red powder. The bhasma is said to contain nanoparticles that have formed naturally. When combined with Madhu and Ghrita and taken for 21 dosages spread over 21 months, it encourages healthy physical development, the increase of intelligence and strength, as well as the toning of the skin’s complexion. 

In Ayurveda, administering honey and ghee in an exact ratio is regarded as visha (poison). Since it is provided in tiny doses, not enough to have any toxigenic effects, it can be used to boost immunity and increase tolerance to toxins.

What Exactly is Swarnaprashana?

The term "intake of Swarna/Gold bhasma" is known as "swarnprashana." It is one of the "Shodasha Samskaras" (the 16 rites of passage of a human being from conception to cremation that represent milestones in a person's life journey). It has been used for more than a thousand years as a natural, tried-and-true technique to improve kids' general health.

At Nesara Ayurveda monthly once we offer Swarnaprashana Swarnaprashana is a traditional cleansing ritual for children and it includes cleansing of the body, mind, and spirit. We wanted to offer our customers an opportunity to take care of their children's health and well-being. It is a monthly service. Our service allows us to help these children by providing them with natural medicine that helps them feel better and stay healthy. This way we can help these children do something good for themselves without any side effects from medicines or other drugs.

What are the Benefits of Swarnaprashana?

  • Medha Vardhana – improvement in intelligence
  • Grahapaha – protects from bad effects from planets
  • Agni Vardhana – improvement in digestion
  • Bala Vardhana – improvement in strength and immunity
  • Ayushya Vardhana – Improvement in life expectancy
  • Vrushya – Aphrodisiac
  • Mangala, Punya – Auspicious

What age is recommended for swarnaprashana?

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The ancient texts advise Swarnaprashana from birth to age 16 (0-16 years). According to the passage above, it is advantageous to administer it daily for at least six months after birth.

On Pushya Nakshatra, Swarna Prashana must be offered for six months. It takes 27 days to get to this day. Pushti (Strengthening) and Poshana (Nourishing) attributes are attributed to the Pushya constellation. Therefore, Suvarna prashan is administered using this constellation.

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Why Should I Give my Child Swarnaprashana?

UNICEF reiterates that “Early childhood is not only the time when the brain develops rapidly, but also a critical window of opportunity for establishing children’s immunity and, consequently, the foundation of good health and optimal productivity in the future” while highlighting the significance of Early Childhood Development (ECD). Therefore, early investment in boosting immunity and fostering intelligence is crucial for the child’s health. A child’s intelligence does not fully develop at birth; rather, it does so at least through the first few years of primary school, according to a large body of research. A child’s ability to live a complete and fruitful life depends on their early growth. Early childhood interventions can have a lasting impact on intellectual capacity, personality, and social conduct. Research has revealed that half of a person’s IQ potential is developed by the time they are four years old. A newborn’s immune system is not fully formed at birth, much like all other organs and systems in the body. Instead, their immunity, a defence mechanism made up of cells, proteins, and organs, develops and becomes stronger over time in an effort to protect them from the numerous infections they come into contact with every day.

Swarnaprashana Dates for 2023

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