Important-Upaakarma (Aavani Avittam) Materials


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara,

Below is the list of karmas we need to do on Aavani Avittam day. The date of Upaakarma varies on the Veda one belongs to and the country/city one lives in. Please check with local Vadhiyars or Panchangam on the same. The procedure manual and audio listed below are for Yajur Veda but if there are interested volunteers who can work with me we can create content for other Vedas too and upload them. The existing content can be modified and published so all the Vedic sects benefit and all the contents are in one place.

One key thing, please take a look at the karmas listed below which needs to be done on the Upaakarma day. Is is really possible to complete all the specified karmas (including all our nithya karmas) by 7AM/8AM/9AM batches like we do in temples these days? I asked a few Vadhiyars about this and all I get is a standard answer. People don’t have time nor dedication so we have to flexible to their needs! On Aavani Avittam, it is almost impossible to have Vadhiyars to come to our home and do this function leisurely and sincerely as they would have been solidly booked. So it’s a judgement call one has to make whether to skip many of the karmas and do it in a temple within an hour or understand the meaning & do in our homes sincerely. From my personal experience, over the past few years I could only complete all these karmas only after 2PM.

Moreover, karmas like Yajnopaveeta Dharanam, Kaandarishi Tharpanam all has to be done by noon (or afterwards) so all the more reasons for doing it the right way by taking the day off and doing these karmas sincerely rather than doing in a vestigial fashion. We also need to understand the purpose of Upaakarma which is to initiate the study of Vedas and not just changing Poonal :-). We all know how much Maha Periyava has emphasized on the need to do anushtanams sincerely without rushing up and also understand the significance behind all the Mantras.

My heartfelt thanks to Shri.V. Sriram Ganapadigal and Shri Vijaya Sharma for the fabulous audio content. We have provided enough pause and breaks in between so the audio files can be played while doing the karma. Shri V. Sriram Ganapadigal has explained the meaning and significance of every karma so we can start listening to those right away (just the meaning part & not mantras); also take a look at the document as we need to do some prep. work ahead of time and get ready for the grand Aavani Avittam day!

Happy Aavani Avittam to all! Ram Ram

Upaakarma Proceure Manual and Audio Content

Upaakarma (Aavani Avittam) Day

1. Kshowaram/Vapanam (Brahmachari’s only)
2. Snaanam (Nithya Karma)
3. Sandhyaa Vandanam (Nithya Karma – Prathas Sandhyam)
4. Samithaa Dhaaanam (Nithya Karma – Brahmachari’s only)
5. Owpaasanam and Vaiswadevam (Nithya Karma – Gruhastha’s Only)
6. Kamo Karsheeth Japam (Not for Brahmachari’s doing first Aavani Avittam/Upaakarma)
7. Kshowaram/Vapanam and Snaanam (Brahmachari’s Only)
8. Sandhyaa Vandanam (Nithya Karma – Madhyaanikam)
9. Brahma Yajnam (Nithya Karma)
10. Mahaa Sankalpam
11. Snaanam/Prokshana Mantram
12. Yajnopaveeta Dhaaranam
13. Maunjee/Ajina/Dhanda Dhaaranam (Brahmachari’s only)
14. Kaanda Rishi Tharpanam
15. Naandhi (Only for Brahmachari’s Thalai Aavani Avittam)
16. Veda Vyaasa Pooja, Shraavana Homam, and Vedhaarambam
17. Neivadhyam, Aarthi, and Prasadam
18. Upaayana Dhaanam (Sambaavanai and Aaseerwadham)
19. Mangalam
20. Snaanam (Nithya Karma)
21. Sandhyaa Vandanam (Nithya Karma – Sayaam Sandhyam)
22. Samithaa Dhaaanam (Nithya Karma – Brahmachari’s only)
23. Owpaasanam (Nithya Karma – Gruhastha’s Only)

Gayathri Japam Steps (Next Day Morning)

All the steps listed in Nithya Karmas need to be performed with the addition of Gayathri Japam (with homam for Brahmachari’s) which needs to be done after completion of Praathah Sandhyaa Vandanam and Praatah Samithaa Dhaanam for Brahmachari’s; Gruhastha’s should complete Praathah Sandhyaa Vandanam and Owpaasanam. All the other steps in Nithya Karmas remain the same.

1. Snaanam
2. Praathah Sandhyaa Vandanam
3. Praatah Samithaa Dhaanam (Brahmachari’s Only)
4. Owpaasanam and Vaiswadevam (Gruhastha’s Only)
5. Snanam
6. Madhyaanikam
7. Brahma Yajnam
8. Parishechanam – Morning & Afternoon (Bhojana Vidhi)
9. Snaanam
10. Saayam Sandhyaa Vandhanam
11. Saayam Samithaa Dhaanam (Brahmachari’s Only)
12. Owpaasanam (Gruhastha’s Only)
13. Parishechanam – Evening & Night (Bhojana Vidhi)

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14 replies

  1. That’s really a very elaborate and helpful information.
    Thanks for all the inputs.
    All those who can spare their time can try to follow these instructions, to the best of their ability.

    Unfortunately very few brahmins understand the significance of this ritual.
    Though the Upakarma is to be performed by all the first three ‘Varnas’, it is now performed only be the Brahmins, that too mostly in the states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and to a certain extent Andhra.
    In most of the Northern States, Upakarma is performed only by the students ion Veda-Patashala and the common brahmins seemed to have forgotten this completely.

    Despite all the deficiencies in the hourly-upakarma being conducted in temples and Mandalis, I think this is one way of making the ever-busy youth and office-goers to perform the Upakarma.

  2. Blessings!
    Jajur veda Upakarma and Gayatri japam both falls on 18-8-16 and respectively.
    One must attend the rituals and obtain Brumma Tejas. Vajra Dehaya Kaalaagni!
    Atleast 1008 Gayatri should be swallowed.
    On 18-8-16 before Upakarma ‘Kamakarsheen’ japa must be done.
    This means we are removing the evils papas done during the past one year. Dhurbakshanam, unwanted things Dhurbhojanam done by us will be vanished!

  3. If any of you based out of Chicago (or Chicagoland), can you kindly confirm the date for Yagur upakarma. I believe it is Thur (Aug 18), but the local temple calendar shows 2 dates (one shows Wed and one shows Thur)

  4. Importance of performing Kamokarshid Japam well eloberated. Thanks to all concerned.Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara. Janakiraman.Nagapattinam.

  5. Thanks. Yes, I was referring to day 2 (gayathri japan)

  6. So, Grahasthas should complete 2 and 4 (not 3) and then after 4 – just sit and chant sahasra gayathri?

    • I believe you are referring to the Gayathri Japam that needs to be done the next day after Aavani Avittam day. If so, yes, 3 – 3. Praatah Samithaa Dhaanam (Brahmachari’s Only) is NOT required for Gruhastas. Only Brahmacharis….Ram Ram

  7. I am providing the links to youtube playlist constaining 12 videos (although these are only audio) on Avaniattam procedures and explanations narrated by Sri V. Sriram Ganapadigal and posted on youtube by Murali Dharanji .

    The playlist videos are to be played in sequence. Videos 1 and 2 give introduction, while the last one concludes with general advice, helpful especially to NRIs.

    I am sure that these videos will be of help to some. However, if these have already been posted earlier in this blog, please disregard this post.


    • The audios I have posted has the same content by Shri V Sri Ganapadigal but I have refined a bit more by adding more instructions, pauses, breaks, etc. I also added a few other karmas like Maunjee, Ajinam, Palasa Dhanda Dharaanam, Upaayana Dhaanam,etc. The same has been posted in Youtube as well. Ram Ram

  8. I am taking the liberty of providing links to youtube videos on Avaniattam procedures and explanations created by Sri V. Sriram Ganapadigal and posted by Shri Murali Dhananji. I have no idea if these will help, but thought I’d post them anyway. The first two links are introduction, and the last one is conclusion and some general advice, especially for NRIs.

    I have no idea if the above youtube videos have already been posted earlier in this website; if they have been done so, please disregard this post.

  9. Thanks for sharing this infn. RAJA

  10. A more detailed document is here. You may want to refer that if you are unable to go to a temple of common place for the upakarma & prefer to do it at home.

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