Introduction

The word “ Swarnaprashana ” is a combination of two words – “Swarna” and “Prashana”.  The term Swarna is a common word and refers to the noble metal Gold. Prashana refers to the act of eating / consuming / ingesting. Swarnaprashana hence refers to the act of consuming or ingesting gold in the prescribed dose and quantity in the suggested manner. This activity is also sometimes referred to as Swarna Bindu Prashana or Suvarna prashan . Swarnaprashana sanskar is one of the sixteen essential Sanskarsdescribed for children.

Swarna prashana which has been explained in the classical texts of Ayurveda is an activity carried out for enhancing the growth and development in young children. Gold or Swarna is considered as a one of those metals which have good benefits on the body when consumed internally. The knowledge & uses of Swarna Prashana is extensively explained in the texts of Ayurveda.

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the perfect science or knowledge of life. It is derived from two words – “Ayush” meaning Life and “Veda” meaning knowledge. Ayurveda is as old as the existence of species over the planet earth. It is the most fascinating science, which basically teaches us how to lead a healthy, happy and comfortable life. A follower of Ayurveda is less likely to fall ill. Ayurveda emphasizes that – Prevention is better than cure.

The knowledge of Ayurveda was passed orally through a lineage of sages in India. Eventually, this knowledge was collated into texts more than five thousand years ago in its present form by some of the great sages like Maharishi Atreya, Maharshi Kashyap, Acharya Charaka, Acharya Vaghbata etc. The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hrudaya, Kashyapa Samhita etc.1