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Before performing sandhyavandanam in the evening, should a brahmin take bath? Or do the shastras prohibit it?

We live in southern Chennai and there are times when the sun sets well over 6 or 6:30 p.m. During such times, in case I plan to take bath immediately before starting sandhyavandanam, it's five to ten minutes past six, and my mom already lights the deepam.

Can I still take bath after the deepam has been lit?

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    Bathing and Sandhya Gyatri japa Should not be done after Sunset. – Yogi Apr 4 '16 at 15:10
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    The japa should be halted/stopped when nakshatras(constellations) are visible (i.e when the Sandhi kala(meeting of two times day and night at horizon))is over. That is the end of sandhyakala or the time for Sandhyavandanam. In morning it is time after sunrise but for those who are late at sandhyavandana in both kalas (upto a 45 min or 50 min) duration can do Prayaschitta Arghya for clearing the sin of doing sandhyavandana late and then should perform minimum japa (i.e. with minimum japa sankhya e.g. 28 bramhin savitri mantra). – Yogi Apr 5 '16 at 12:31
  • @Yogi Please correct me if I'm wrong. Since arghyam has to be given at the sandhya time, doesn't it follow that a part of gayatri japam comes after the sun has fully set? Is that a dosham? – user560 Apr 5 '16 at 12:32
  • @Yogi If that is indeed wrong, can you tell me by what time we should finish sayam sandhya (including gayatri japam, digdevata namaskar, etc.)? – user560 Apr 5 '16 at 12:32
  • Digdevta namaskar and the epilouge part can be done/performed after sunset. – Yogi Apr 5 '16 at 12:34

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