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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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 12:32
  • Digdevta namaskar and the epilouge part can be done/performed after sunset.
    – Yogi
    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:34

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The thumb rule of Sandhyavandanam is, you do the "Arghya Pradhanam" during sun rise and sun set. Before the sun rise and after sun set, we should not perform this ritual. These days, due to our lifestyle, we are unable to perform it at the right time. Hence, we have an alternative of pryaschitta, by doing more number of japa for delaying the pratah and sayam kala sandhyavandanam. Please correct if I am wrong.

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Also, taking bath is prohibited at sandhya kalam. So if you live in such a place where taking bath in the evening is a must due to weather conditions, please do it before the sunset. Once lights are put on, you should not take bath. All the other practices of taking bath after 12:00pm, taking bath late evening or night is for different cause, hope you connect these dots.

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