Sunday, August 23, 2015

Upakarma - A day for Changing Sacred Thread

 Upakarma or Avani Avittam or Huṇṇime is a day for Brahmin to change their sacred thread called Yajnopaveetam. The date may vary depending one the Brahmin following Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda. Most of Brahmin observe a day before Shravan Poornima day or Full moon day in the month of Shravan.  In 2015, for Rig Vedi Upakarma, the date is August 28 and for Yajur Vedi Upakarma, the date is August 29.

According to legend, the two Asuras named Madhu & Kaitabha stole the Vedas from Brahma, Vishnu then took the Hayagriva (the horse-head) form to restore Vedas. Upakarma is performed on this day to mark a new beginning. The day of upakarma is also celebrated as Hayagriva Jayanthi.

Image Source: http://hindumythologybynarin.blogspot.in/2012/11/story-lord-hayagriva-less-known-form-of.html




References

  • https://www.facebook.com/ShriYogaNarasimhaJayanthi/posts/553441811390319
  • http://www.hindu-blog.com/2009/07/upakarma-2009.html
  • http://blog.srisankaramatrimony.com/importance-of-upakarma-sacred-thread-changing-ceremony/
  • http://www.drikpanchang.com/ceremony/upakarma/rigveda/rigveda-upakarma-date-time.html?year=2015
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upakarma




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