What is Swarna Bindu Prashana?

Since ancient times, our ancestors passed their best practices of holistic lifestyle to their next generations. Over a period of time they became a ritual that got integrated into their day to day life. These series of rituals are known as samskaras. They are connected with the major events of life such as pregnancy, childbirth, naming ceremony, education, marriage, etc. These samskaras enables us to live a complete fulfilling physical and spiritual life.

Swarna Prashana is one  of sixteen samskaras mentioned in ancient texts for paediatrics. It is an unique method to build long lasting health and intellect naturally without leaving any harmful side effects.

Swarna prashana is an unique method of giving swarna bhasma (gold ash) mixed with honey and ghee that is fortified with arka, an herbal extracts like vacha, brahmi, shankupushpi, etc. to children orally.

This process promotes overall growth in a natural way. Due to its broader benefits, it is not only useful for normal children, its much more beneficial for children with special needs such as autism, learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder, hyper activity, delayed milestones, etc.

Swarna Prashana is one  of sixteen samskaras mentioned in the ancient texts for pediatrics.



Benefits of Swarna prashana is elaborated in “Kashyapa Samhita” that was written before 600 BC.


It means the following benefits can be achieved

  • Medha (intellect)
  • Agni (digestive and metabolic power)
  • Bala (strength)
  • Aayush (gives long life)
  • Mangalam (is auspicious)
  • Punyam (virtuous)
  • Vrushyam (aphrodisiac)
  • Varnya (increases complexion)
  • Grahapaham (eliminates the evil effects of planets) Find out why, here?

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Swarna prashana can be given from birth till 16 yrs.


On empty stomach, preferably early morning.


Preferably on pushya nakshatra day. Why Pushya nakshatra?


We can either follow daily for one month (30 days), which can be extended to 6 months (180 days) Or, we follow monthly once on pushya nakshatra till age 16.


Parents should face north and kid should face east while giving this drops.


Food – Preferably on empty stomach, to enhance better absorption. The child can be fed after 30 minutes. It’s better to avoid junk food that day.


Any known side effects

No known side effects noted so far. Swarna Prashana is made from herbs & minerals after proper processing according to classical ayurvedic methods which is natural and safe.

What are the other names of Swarna Prashana?

Swarna prashana is sometimes known by other names like, Swarna amruta prashana, Swarna prashana, Swarna prashan, Swarn prashan, Swarna bindu prashana or Suvarna prashan.

What is the history of this practiced?

Origin can be traced back to vedic ages. References about swarna prashana can be found in ghrya sutras and manusmriti. Direct reference about swarna prashana is available in Kashayapa Samhita or Vridha Jeevaka Tantra written before 600 B.C.

Will swarna increase heat in the body?

There are no significant changes in the body temperature in normal condition. But in certain conditions like acute fever swarna bhasma may increase the body temperature. It is always advised to take a doctors opinion in such cases before taking swarna prashana.

Why cow’s ghee?

Ayurveda advises cow’s ghee because it is more assimilable and digestible to other ghee and in a sense cow’s ghee fat is nearer to composition of human body fat. Cow’s ghee has anti collestric activity, immuno stimulant activity and has memory enhancing activity and promotes healing of wounds. click here for more info about ghee.

Is ghee and honey mixed together is poison?

The research conducted shows that when honey and ghee are mixed in equal amount the browning and anti oxidants are increased. Therefore there is no poisonous effect when both are mixed together.

Is Swarna Prasha alone enough for improving health?

Swarna Prashana can be supplemented with other medicines like chyavanprash, indukantham ghee, abhrak bhasma, etc. It is always advised to take a doctor’s opinion.

Is it okay to skip a dosage?

Its always advised not to skip the swarnaprashana to maintain the efficiency of the medicine. But if missed nothing harm. Even doctors don’t administer, if the child is critically ill or having some acute problems on that particular day.

Why is this recommended only for kids?

The first few months and years of life are important for the cognitive, emotional and physical growth of children. Scientific evidence suggests that if brain does not receive appropriate stimulation during the early years of life then it is very difficult to rewire itself at a later stage.

Can pregnant ladies take this?

Pregnant ladies are advised to take only selected ayurvedic herbal remedies for the easy delivery as advised by doctor.

Will this be useful for special or delayed milestone children?

Yes, Special children are very much benefited by swarnaprashana. It helps to improve their overall immunity and brain development.

What are Swarna Prashana ingredients?

Swarna, Madhu, Grutha and Arka.

Does it cure Asthama / Weezing / Cold / Dust Allergy?

Swarna Prashana improves the immunity of the child. Studies show that severity frequency of attacks are reduced to an greater extent. It is always advised to take a doctors opinion to take additional medicines if needed.

Is there any other things like Swarna Prashana for kids?

There are other medicinal preparations in the form of lehya, ghritam, granules and arishtam, etc. Always consult with your doctor for more information.

If I stop it in middle, does this clear any side effect?

There can be no problems if you discontinue to take take honey and ghee. But of course you will not be benefited fully from Swarna Prashana.

Will my kid face any problem like fever or lose motion like we face with some Allopathy vacations?

We have never faced such complaint from parents and children after giving Swarnaprashana, The dosage of Swarnaprashana are too minimal to cause any adverse effects.

Can I give few more dosage or extra in a month?

There is no harm if we give more drops accidentally. Swarna prashana can also be given daily from one month to six months in different dosage according to the age. Acharaya Kashyapa says if swarna prashana is done for 1 month then child will be parama medhavi orextremely intelligent, remains unaffected by vyadhi. If done for 6 months then child will be shruta dhara or have excellent grasping

P.S. Swarna Prashana or Swarna Prashan or Swarn Prashan or Swarna Bindu Prashana or Suvarna prashan or Swarnaprashana or suvarnaprashana are all same.

Why Swarna Prashana on Pushya nakshatra?

Pushya is one among the 27 nakshatras. It is also known as Indrapurohita, Pusya, Pushka, Pushkarya, Pushkararaja, Pushyami, Poosam (Tamil), Pooyyam, Paushakya, Tishya, Taisa and Vutkrta.


Pushya is considered as most auspicious among other stars, they call it “The Star of Nourishment” the word itself translates to “Nourisher” or “thrive”, etc. It means it provided nourishment like a how a mother take care of their kids. No wonder Cow’s udder is one of the symbol for Pushya and if you look closer at the sky its arrangement looks similar to Cow’s udder. As we know cow’s nourishes us by milk, urine for medicinal purpose and cow dung for its bio-gas, natural and most powerful manure for plants. Even when a cow dies its helps others by its flush, skin, etc.. Cow is a true nourisher!  It has a great importance not only in Ayurvedic or siddha medical science, but over all ancient Indian culture. In General it is the day best for following activities

  • to take medicines
  • learn from guru (advice)
  • to prepare herbs
  • to meet spiritual person and learn
  • to learn about ritual & veda /agamas
  • to plant tree
  • if it falls on a Thursday is known as Guru Pushya Yoga or Guru Pushya Nakshatra Yoga and Gurupushyamrut Yoga
    • to learning mantra and tantra
    • higher education from father, grandfather, guru or a great person
    • to possess a master
    • travel abroad
    • in general its good for financial and business gains
  • if it fall on a Sunday it is called as Ravi Pushya Yoga or Ravi Pushya Nakshatra Yoga
    • to learning mantra and tantra
    • its a shopping day! best for shopping for events like marriages, and festivals
    • buy new car or any other vehicle
    • gold and diamond jewelry,
    • domestic and electronic items.
    • new venture can also be started.

It is believed that all new works, started during this time, are fulfilled and give positive results. Over all Pushay falling in Thursday or Sunday it is called as Pushy Amrit Yoga Muhurat.

Did you know?

India Post announced a special 6.5% discount on sale of gold coins on the occasion of Pushya Nakshatra on September 12th, 2012.
India Post announced a special 6.5% discount on sale of gold coins on the occasion of Pushya Nakshatra on September 12th, 2012.

As per Siddha and Ayurveda

Administrating drugs on this day seem very effective in terms of action. Since, Swarna Prasha’s main ingredient is gold it is an auspicious day to buy gold / to prepare / administer the preparations of gold. Some claim that radiation of the medicinal potency is more in gold on this day. that said to be good day to administer any type of medicine.

India was born on a Pushya day. Probably that is why we are the only country to nourishes 1600+ different languages!

Ideally Swarna Prashana should be started from Pushya Nakshatra day and then there after can be given daily early in the morning, but if not possible to give daily at least it should be given on consecutive Pushya Nakshatra days which tends to come after every 27 days.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

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