Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Avani Avittam - Yajur Upakarma 2005

Friday, 3rd of Aavani, is the Sravana Yajur upakarma day for the Parthiva year. [19-Aug-2005].

Info for Londoners/SouthEasterners:
This year Yajur upakarma is scheduled at
London Sri Murugan Temple [sorry abt the cached link, the site seems to be down :(], in two batches on 19-Aug. One at 7.00am and other 1.00pm.

General Info:

<Update-1200GMT-18Aug05> smartha yajur sampradaya at </Update>

<Update-0745GMT-18Aug05> Vaishnava Sampradaya details are available at and

ChennaiOnline has posted audio clip and text of the mantras. This contains the Mahasankalpam part also. has come up with the mantrams in our 'Notice' format. Though this doesnot contain the mahasankalpam part.

The ideal process of upakarma is as follows

1. Vapanam - Shaving.[including broadening the forehead, for a prescribed width of 4 finger thickness, which is nowadays adjusted with just a couple of hairs.]
2. Snanam - Bathing and purification

3. Sandhyavandhanam - Daily dawn prayer.
4. Samithadhanam - [for brahmacharis only]
The above are a part of Nitya karma and are supposed to be done twice daily. This is at the dawn.

5. Kamokarishith japam - This is for self-purification.[Not for first time Avani avittam chaps.]

The following are then supposed to be performed in the noon.[These are also a part of Nitya karma]
6. Maadhyanyakam - Noon prayer
7. Brahmayagnayam - Daily Rememberances and Offering to Gods,Rishis,Vedas and for some, Forefathers.

8. Mahasankalpam [Taking Resolve before the academic year]
9. Yagyopaveetha dharanam [Changing of yagyopaveetham. formal induction]
10. Kandarishi Tharpanam [Prayer to the Vedas]
11. Vedaramabam [Intial lessons](Some traditions do Vedarambam before Kandarishi Tharpanam)
12. Sravana homam [This homam is not performed by everybody. The guru performs it and we are just witnesses to the prayers.]

13. Evening Sandhyavandhanam
14. Evening Samithadhanam

Next day Gayathri Japam
1. Sandhyavandhanam
2. Samithadhanam
3. Sahasra gayathri Homam/Japam

Out of the above, all mantrams are in the audio clip or in the document, except the Vedarambam. This will have to be repeated only when instructed by a Guru, and he makes corrections, if we go wrong. This is because, it is belived that Vedas can be counter productive if they are mispronounced.

Update: Note: Please feel free to refer or forward this to anybody who might need this. Also, if you have related info, for other vedas or sects, please drop a comment, so that it will be helpful for all.


At Wed Aug 17, 11:25:00 AM CDT, Blogger Lavanya said...


At Wed Aug 17, 12:36:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

all i do on avani avatam is change my punal :(

At Wed Aug 17, 04:10:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Thanks Lavanya.

The ChennaiOnline audio clip is good. It takes a max of 40 mins. Should help u in doing the 'change my punnal' in a better way.

At Wed Aug 17, 06:28:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said...

I don't know how much to praise you for the timely post. I was wondering what I should do. I am now planning to follow Chennai Online after your timely help.
I'll offer the vethila-pakku thambulam dakshanai manasa-smarami to u. Kindly accept it :-)

At Wed Aug 17, 08:07:00 PM CDT, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

TJ, london illa muragan kovilna, nanams ellam enga povanal? avangalukkum angaiava?

At Wed Aug 17, 11:43:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kavitha said...

good post :)
all i remember are my cousins discussing which movie to go while vadhyar is chanting !!

At Thu Aug 18, 12:16:00 AM CDT, Blogger Priya said...

hmmn..appa nyabagam varadhu

At Thu Aug 18, 12:51:00 AM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

My friend Sriram V Iyer chants the Rudram Chamakam 108 times on that day!!

At Thu Aug 18, 02:24:00 AM CDT, Blogger Vidya said...

wow i'm impressed...

At Thu Aug 18, 03:07:00 AM CDT, Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

Any idea whether Sama Veda Upakarma has been scheduled any where? Hate to do it on my own, knowing well that I am not doing the proper way. I have an audio cassette for company though.

At Thu Aug 18, 06:23:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...


i am reminded of my father
truly amazing work!!

At Thu Aug 18, 08:44:00 AM CDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

thanks TJ
I will use chennai online.

At Thu Aug 18, 01:43:00 PM CDT, Blogger sukhanya said...

I like the website They have good stuff there. Though I have told my parents how to download, they are still not able to.

Happy avani avittam and Gayatri japam too.

I like the sight of guys wearing the new sacred thread and performing the whole

At Thu Aug 18, 02:31:00 PM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

"I like the sight of guys wearing the new sacred thread and performing the whole "

Now I am really sad that I am not a Brahmin ;)

At Thu Aug 18, 03:29:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff fellow....

Thanks you very much!!!


At Thu Aug 18, 05:49:00 PM CDT, Anonymous praveen said...

Thanks for the links. I had downloaded the mantrams in .doc format from kerala iyers site [link]

Thanks for the audio link, I will be starting Kamokarsheet japam first thing tomorrow morning.

At Thu Aug 18, 08:41:00 PM CDT, Blogger Random Access said...

Thanks, though we are supposed to memorise all those! Anyway, I did it in the temple here and Im gearing up to start the academic year! Its great just to be part of the ceremony, not to mention the Vishnu Sahasranamam that greated me when I stepped into Komalas for my bfast!

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

At Fri Aug 19, 03:44:00 AM CDT, Anonymous rajesh said...

besh besh pullayandan nalla vela dhan pannirukkan.

"Bharata varshe bharatha kande meror dakshine parsve sakabde" nu solradhu konjam idikudhu.

"British varshe europe kande alps uthare parsve sakabde" nu sonna konjam poruthama irukkum.

At Fri Aug 19, 07:12:00 AM CDT, Blogger Priya said...


At Fri Aug 19, 07:45:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Sravana shubhodhayam! I have passed on the manasa-smaramis to my guru :)

Vaishnavites also come in large number to murugan kovil. Infact even in Tiruvanaikovil, which is just 2 kms from srirangam, lot of vaishnavites come for upanayanam. for, Vedas are common across sects and castes.

Apart from the movie discussion, if there happens to be a cricket match, even the vadhyar will ask for the score once in a while.

At Fri Aug 19, 07:49:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Did you mean 1008 gayathri mantram? because 108 Rudram will take atleast 20 hrs ;)

Thanks for visiting!

The Samaha upakarma falls this yr on 6th sep, tuesday. I can check with the murugan temple gurukkal if they plan to have a session. Will update u on this.

Thanks for dropping by.

Hope u had the upkarma done. :)

Thanks for the wishes on gayatri japam. :) Your comments are confidence boosting ;)

At Fri Aug 19, 07:56:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

As you had said in your blog, being a brahmin by virtues and values supercede the brahmin by birth.!!
Whoever realizes brahman is a brahmanan. So you definitely are one! if u realize brahman.

Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for the info realting to the, hope you had the upakarma done.

Good that you had the academic year started. :). Yeah as u said, we are supposed to know these by heart. But it is atleast needed that, we understand the meaning of what we say. And Komalas breakfast with Vishnusaharanamam, is the closest to what u get back home. :)

Bharatha varshe, airopa khande, jalamandala madhye, meroho paschime pashve nu vaadhyar mudichuttar ;) Germany la poonal pottundiyaaa..

Thanks for the avani avittam, sravanam wishes. :)

At Fri Aug 19, 04:32:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Sundaresan said...


Nice and timely post. I had been to a temple here in Chicago. and as someone told, inga 'america kande'nnu dhaan vaadhyaar sonnaar....aurora kshetre apdinnu matha swami/ambaloda enga oor swamikkum sethu sankalpam sonnom....first time ipdi sollumbodhu vidhyaasamaa irundhadhu!!!

At Mon Aug 22, 01:53:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Sundarshan :), London maanagare nu solli, appuram namba ooru swami peru ellam solli dhaan ingayum sankalpam :)

At Thu Aug 23, 01:03:00 PM CDT, Blogger vishram said...

Thanks. Got some thing for US people. Replace sankalpam as

"Mamopartha...prathamepaadhe Kouncha dveepe, ramanakavarshe uthaara khande sakaabdhe merordhakshine paarshve asmin...."

At Mon Dec 21, 01:48:00 AM CST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can I know what other caste people (besides Iyengar/Iyers & brahmins and gurukals/pandthitar) wears punal?
Thank you

At Fri Nov 22, 05:35:00 AM CST, Blogger vedic folks said...

your audio clip is so nice.i am read your content excellence

Kalki Homam


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