Aavani Avittam / Upakarma is an important ritual for most of the Tamil and Kerala Brahmin communities.In this Hevilambi samvatsaram it falls on September 6th 2017 for those who practice yajur veda. Taking this into consideration we have consolidated list of areas in Bengaluru where upakarma is being conducted under the auspices of the satsanga along with the timings.
Now lets understand the significance of these rituals.
Significance of Upakarma:
Upakarma means Karma that converts old to new.Human body does not have the capacity to hold the power of mantra japams done like (Gayathri,pariseshanam,sandhyavandanam,rudram etc etc) for more than a year and the power will be lost on this day similar to expiry date for medicines.Hence to rejenuvate this power, sastram says those who practice yajur vedam and Rigvedam should perform upakarma in the month of sravanam(Avani) on the day of pournami and the star on that day should be thiruvonam.Those who practice Samaveda perform on bhadrapada month and the nakshatra on that day should be hastha.In a way upakarma is done to restore all the mantras belonging to 3 vedams after doing shuddhi to these mantras.This crops up a question in our mind like how to get this done for ladies who have the power of strotras,panchakshari mantras etc.Sastram says that a women is half of man and when man performs upakarma, mantras linked to his wife will get purified.So it becomes mandatory for a man to perform upakarma and if he doesn’t do upakarma then the power of mantras that his wife chants will be lost.
Significance of Gayathri Japam:
Gayathri japam prayaschita(Gayathri mantra chanted 1008 times) is performed to get rid of the sins committed between the previous upakarma and the current upakarma. An interesting fact to note here is this ritual is celebrated on the same day by dwijas belonging to different vedams where as upakarma is observed on different days for different vedams.
Why is the day of pournami in the month of sravanam (Avani) considered to be very important.
This day signifies so many events.
Upakarma is celebrated on this day.
Hyagriva Jayanthi is celebrated on this day(The day swami took hygriva avatharam and protected vedas by killing asuras)
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on this day
Please donate generously on this day as sambhavanai.
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