Yajur Upaakarmaa (Aavani Avittam)
This year Yajur Upaakarmaa (Aavani Avittam) falls on Wednesday, August 14th.
Upaakarmaa will be performed on this day in two batches in Virginia and in one batch in Maryland.
Maryland: will be from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (One batch only)
HOMAM will be PERFORMED in Both Batches
Both Batches (starting at 7.00 am and 10:00 am)
Sri Jayaraman’s residence
1132 Stuart Hills Way
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (703) 472-3064
One batch (from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM)
Sri Rama Murali residence
11136 Lake Breeze Drive,
North Potomac, MD 20878
We invite you to join us in celebrating this Upaakarmaa day with devotion and enthusiasm.
Please arrive a few minutes before the start time so that you will not miss any part of the rituals
1. Samitha Dhaanam (for Brahmacharis only)
2. Kamokarsheeth Japam (except Brahmachaaris performing Prathama Upaakarma)
3. Brahma Yagnyam
3. Mahaa Sankalpam
4. Yagnyopaveetha Dhaaranam
5. Khaandarishi Tharpanam
7. Veda Aarambham
PREPARATIONS FOR UPAAKARMAA
1. Perform Sandhya vandanam
2. Please bring Pancha Pathram set & metal plate
3. One cup of raw rice for pooja (formality)
4. Suggested donation for Upaakarmaa ($35 per person; $101 for Prathama Upaakarma)
For Brahmachaaris performing Prathama Upaakarma (i.e. first Avani Avittam), please bring the following for Neivedhayam:
Nei Appam, Chundal, Coconut and Thamboolam (banana, betel leaves and nuts)
SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS FUNCTION
It is believed that Lord Sri Brahma got the Upadesam of Vedas (also called Brahma Upadesam) from Sri Bhagavan on this day. We have been celebrating this function annually for generations.
SRI GAAYATHREE DEVI’S GRANDEUR
Gaayathree is the name of one of the most important Vedic hymn, which is addressed to Surya who is the supreme force. Gaayathree is Lord Brahma, Gaayathree is Lord Vishnu, Gaayathree is Lord Shiva, and Gaayathree is The Vedas. Gaayathree came to be personified as a Goddess. She is shown as having five heads and is seated on a lotus. The four heads of Gaayathree represents the four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Saama, and Atharvana) and the fifth head represents the almighty. In her ten hands, she holds all the weapons of Lord Vishnu and She is another consort of Lord Brahma, the Vedic scientist.