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 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
Apart from marriage, upanayana is the most important religious observance in Vedic culture. Usually performed for male members of the first three varnas, it is one of the Sixteen samskaras. This spiritual initiation is traditionally done at tender years.
Upanayanam in ancient times marked the induction of a child into formal education by the Gurukula system. The person was termed dwija ( twice-born), as the second intellectual birth of a person was by a guru in the father’s place and the sacred Gayatri Mantra in the mother’s place. The vatu not only learned Veda mantras but also taught many Kalas(skills and art forms) and vidya (education). It is upanayana, that enables a Hindu to become a performer of sacrifices and the practitioner of dharma.
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 is 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
It is through upanayana that a child is molded into a responsible individual with intellect who serves his family, community, society, and nation with self-awareness. There are various religious and spiritual benefits of upanayanam. It allows the vatu the following rights.
- Right to study Veda.
- Participate in Vedic rituals.
- Learning and application of dharma in day-to-day life.
- Begin the journey on the spiritual path.
- Invoke the special blessings from Lord Brihaspathi.
- Impart strength, wisdom, long life, lusture, and holiness.
Shastras advise that for a brahmin child this ritual has to be performed when he is eight years old from conception or seven years and two months old from birth. For Kshatriya, it is 12 years and for Vaishyas, it is sixteen years. Although there existed the tradition of upanayana for girls, over the period of time it’s now a ritual, done only to male offsprings. There is a special tradition of ‘Kamyopanayana’, where upanayanam is done at the age of five for extraordinarily intelligent boys with proper articulation.
Upanayanam of brahmana was performed in spring, Kshatriya in summer, a vaishya in autumn, and rathakara in the rainy season. Only a well-versed pandit can decide the muhurtham of upanayanam as a great deal of astrological aspects is taken into account before deciding the muhurtham of upanayanam preferably in uttarayana kala. Guru graha’s benevolent aspect is deemed most necessary in determining the time.
From the day of initiation, the vatu bears full responsibility for all his actions and the sacred thread is a reminder to him to always be in control of his actions, speech, and thought.
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What is Upanayanam?
Upanayanam also known as the Sacred thread ceremony, Janeu, Poonal ceremony, Yajnopavita is a rite passage ritual, where the concept of Brahmajnana is taught to a young boy. Once the child has developed intellect and good articulation, to gain a further expansion of the brain, a very special function is done sacredly and ritualistically.
Why is it an important ceremony?
This ceremony symbolizes the journey of a child into that of a disciple and seeker of knowledge, ready to take religious responsibilities.
When Upanayanam can perform?
The Upanayanam ceremony can be done from the age of seven depending on the favorable astrological conditions and the horoscope of the child.