Upakarma August 2016 Date of Yagnopavitam Changed

Upakarma is a ritual associated with Hindu Brahmin community especially in South India and it is the day the sacred thread worn by Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed. Upakarma date in 2011 is on August 13. There are Brahmins who are the followers of Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda and they have separate dates for Upakarma. The Upakarma for Sama Vedi Brahmins in 2011 is on August 29. The ritual is also known as Avani Avittam in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The ritual is observed on the Shravan Purnima day.

Legend has it that Lord Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, got back the Vedas stolen by the Asuras (Demons) on the Shravan Purnima day.

Upakarma means ‘the beginning.’ After a holy dip in a sacred river or pond or Tritha, male Brahmins change the sacred thread and wear a new one. Symbolically the ritual means a new beginning.

Students also begin the study of the Vedas on this day.


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