Upanayanam means a child or a boy starts to study the Vedic by wear sacred thread on a particular day to start learning. The childbirth date is considered while performing the Upanayana that proclaims with Rasi, Nakshatra and Tithi to perform the upanayana with Karma benefits. This ritual has to perform by wearing the thread, but it divides into Two Punul marriages.
Upanayanam is a Vedic ritual of life especially for Brahmins, mentioned following Vedic stipulation of Sandhya Vandhanam, Gayathri mantra of everyday life for the improvement of spiritual process in the child.
Religious Significance of Upanayanam
This ritual denotes the proper life of Veda education initiation, knowing spiritual knowledge, about mantras and its benefits, other than analyzing Vedic subject and learning with the procedure of using.
When the Upanayanam Ceremony Can be Performed
The Upanayanam ceremony can direct at the age of seven. Normally our actions can be divided into excellent, good and very good. If a boy interested in god and religion from a very young age in an extraordinary manner then, the sacred thread ceremony is directed at the age of 7, 9, 11 can be considered excellent, very good, good.
Benefits of Upanayanam
According to the ritual gives knowledge of Vedic, rule and spiritual knowledge.
What is Upanayanam?
An ancient ceremony of Upanayanam is a sacred thread ceremony. This ritual performs for the boy child before began to start education.
Why is it an important ceremony?
This ceremony is for boys, and it is symbolized the male boy ready to take religious responsibilities.
When Upanayanam can perform?
When the boy reaches 12 years thence the parents arrange the ceremony along with experienced purohit.
Upanayanam is also known as the Sacred thread ceremony, Janeu, Poonal ceremony, Yajnopavita. It is routinely known as Hindu samskar, rite passage ritual, where the concept of Brahmin taught to a young boy. Children brain starts functioning only after the age of seven. To prove to the family and relatives, that child has developed well in intelligence and to gain a further expansion of the brain, a very special function is directed sacredly ritualism and magnificently for a male child.
Sankalpam( The Testimony of The Vedic Vidhi)
The word Sankalpam indicates the Vedic astrology of Panchang, place, time, day, Tithi, Nakshatra, Yogam, and Karanam. These are recited to the three trinities of Bhrama, Vishnu, and Shiva. The Vedic Vidhi recites for the current Vedic year and the Vedic name of the subcontinent and other significant elements. At the end of the Sankalpa needs family members Name, Gotra, Zodiac sign, Birth star to recite as a part of the puja and to get the blessings from the Lord Maha Ganapati, Navagrahas, family deity (kula devata), Grama devata and Ishta devata (favorite god one’s choice). So the first procedure is to invoke blessings from the deity.
The Ganapati puja is considered as an auspicious for all the ceremonies while starting the puja. By doing Ganapathi puja, will get free from obstacles, hurdles in life. It acquires materialistic, spirituality in life.
16 common offerings to the Deity during worship
Dhyana – Meditating
Aavaahana – Inviting the deity into the altar.
Asana – Giving a seat to the deity
Paadya – Washing the deity’s feet with pure water.
Arghya – to wash hands and mouth.
Aachamana – Offering drinking water to the Deity.
Snaana – Bath the deity idol with turmeric water, milk, curd, sugar, water.
Vasthra – Offering Clothes to the deity
Yagnopaveetha – Offering the thread to wear from his right shoulder
Gandha – apply sandalwood paste(mixed with water) on the forehead and shoulders to the deity
Pushpa – Offering fresh flowers while chanting the deity’s names.
Dhoop – Spreading fragrance to the altar.
Deepa –offering a Diya to illuminate the surrounding decorated deity.
Naivedya – offering food to the deity.
Taambula – Offering betel nut and leaves with fruits.
Harathi - offering Harathi by lighting camphor
The word Punya Vachanam gives clarity of the clean ritual by invoking the blessings from the Lord Varuna (the lord of water) along with sacred rivers of the country namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu, and Cavery. The tirtha mantras are recited where the Punya Vachanam is performed, and their all the five elements are,
Jal - water
Vayu - air
Prithvi - earth
Agni - fire
Akasha - sky or space
By the chanting of Vedic mantras related to Lord Varuna, the place will be purified, where the positive energy is being retained in the pot and Punyavachana can be performed.
Navagrahas are nine planets and each planet governs a specific element (five elements) in the life cycle, so the certain specified planetary combinations in the horoscope give both malefic effects and good effects.
The beneficial effects are taken into consideration of the particular planet individually and also in their combination, generally to rectify or to neutralize the evil effect of the planets. During Navagraha puja chanting of mantras is replaced continuously.
To remove the malefic effects of the planets this Navagraha puja can be performed. During this puja one will get blessings from Adidevata (subordinate lord of the planet), ‘Prathana Devata’ (main deity of the planet).
Pradhana ajjya Homam
It can be performed with ghee followed by chanting of Vedic mantras in which the Upanayanam procedure is involved.
Pradha Charu Homam
It is to perform with Rice followed by chanting of Vedic mantras in which the Upanayanam procedure is performed. After finishing Pradha Charu Homam sandhya vandanam will be performed with the Vedic mantras.
This procedure is to conduct Vedic mantras to reduce doshas in everyday life.
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