Kuresha being given first grain at Sri Jagannatha Mandir, KL
Strawberry Sweet Rice for teething kids. We don’t mind our shares as well.
Milk from protected cows are best.
Hare Krishna. Anna Prasana, a very important purificatory rite of the first grains ceremony by the father of the teething child is done on the 6th or 8th month for boys and 5th or 7th month for girls. Devotees like the Spiritual Master/Father to give the first grains feeding while Mantas and Hare Krishna is chanted.
The Supersoul Vaisvanara is invoked to accept the first sweet rice grains prasadam and preside over the digestion for the child for all the solid food intake for the rest of life. The child also becomes independent of mother’s milk but thereon feeds on the Miracle Milk of Mother Cow. Again, we see the importance of the Cow’s milk, ghee, urine and dung not only for Samskaras and Fire sacrifices but that Mother Cow’s milk continues as food and derivatives for the rest of our lives. One of the prayers chanted is “Among food ghee is happiness, beauty, strength and nobility”.
Samskara also mentions that the Parents should give daksina, feed devotees and living entities. Will be fantastic to do the ceremony at the cow farm itself, feed the devotees and cows. Lord Krishna’s name giving was done in his father’s cow shed. After grain feeding, scripture and money may be placed before the child to get an indication of his future tendencies.
This is what Srila Jayapataka Swami said about the importance of Samskaras:
"I want to take this opportunity to fully endorse the providing of SAMSKAR SERVICES for the congregation as a means of helping them advance in Krishna consciousness as well as making them feel a part of the Krishna consciousness family. It makes the temple relevant to their lives when temple authorised brahmanas perform the samskaras. It creates a community spirit as the samskara event also becomes a social event inviting families and friends to come and witness the specific ceremony and accept a feast, etc. Every temple should strive to provide these kind of Krishna conscious samskaras. ……It always impressed me that if one of the 6 Goswamis took the trouble of writing these samskaras then it is obvious that we should utilise them.
Parents should endeavour to do the best for the ceremony especially in the preparation of Sweet Rice.
Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita Chapter 15 Text 14
"I am the fire of digestion in the bodies of all living entities, and I join with the air of life, outgoing and incoming, to digest the four kinds of food." (Bg. 15.14) Lord Vaisvanara presides over digestion and in general bestows the capacity of mobility on animals, humans and demigods.
SWEET RICE RECIPE & PREPARATION – A RECIPE TAUGHT TO ME BY HH JANANANDA GOSWAMI MAHARAJA
Wash the rice and leave to drain in a sieve. In a large saucepan bring the milk to a boil and then add the rice. Keep over medium heat, stirring continuously. Simmer till the rice is soft and the milk is reduced to two-thirds its original volume. Add sugar as you stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. When cool, add the strawberries. Refrigerate. Serve chilled.
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