If any twice born student is not doing Sandhyavandanam for many days, then only he realized the importance of Sandhyavandanam, how can he get rid of his sins for not doing Sandhyavandanam for many long years? What is the atone ritual for not doing Sandhyavandanam regularly?

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    To have new yagnopaveetam, take brahmopadesam again from acharya (or father), and do it regularly from now.
    – ram
    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:16
  • @ram Not for me. I just asked to clarify doubt.
    – user9554
    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:17

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For many years is what you have mentioned. IMHO, in such cases, it will require another initiation but i am not quite sure on that.

The Manu Smriti says that such persons shall be treated just like Sudras (or non-initiates) are .

Na tishtathi tu yah purvA na upAste yash cha pashchimam |
Sa sudravad vahishkAryah sarvasmAd dvijakarmanah ||


But he who does not (worship) standing in the morning, nor sitting in the evening, shall be excluded, just like a Sudra, from all the duties and rights of an Aryan.

Manu Smriti 2.103

Verses of similar nature are found elsewhere too:

That Brahmana in particular, who does not perform his Sandhya adorations, in the evening, morning and the noon, becomes in his lifetime like a S'udra. After his death, he is born as a dog. (18)

One, who does not perform the Sandhya-adorations, is always impure, and is unworthy of all religious rites. The fruit, of any religious rite that he may perform, goes not to him. (19)

Daksha Smriti Chapter 2 Verses.

But, if it is a matter of failure for just a day, then remedies are are there and they are quite easy to perform too:

He, who out of carelessness fails to perform the Sandhya once, either in the morning or in the evening, should, with a concentrated mind, recite, after bathing, the Gayatri for a thousand times. (63)

Atri Smriti

Some hard-to-perform remedies (possibly for relatively more prolonged failures) are however prescribed in other Smritis like:

In consequence of wilfully [neglecting the Sandhya, the foremost of the twice-born should perform the distressing penance [of Prajapatya for full one year, and should perform the Chandrayana, [if he does so] for livelihood. [And] by making a gift of kine, [he is] purged of [his sins]. (67)

If he does so, prompted by agnosticism, a twice-born person should perform the Prajapatya. By performing the Taptakrichha, one is purged off of [the sin of] acting against the Deities and preceptors. (68)

Usana Smriti's Chapter 9 verses.

  • What is Prajapatya,Chandrayana and Taptakriccha? Apr 18, 2023 at 3:18
  • See Tryugi's answer here @Rāmachandra --- hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/30293
    – Rickross
    Apr 18, 2023 at 6:49
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    Thank you so much Rickross ji !!! Apr 19, 2023 at 2:33
  • I checked Auśanasī smr̥ti, it has just 51 ślokas and not 9 adhyāyas. It has only 1 adhyāya. Here's the pdf archive.org/details/…
    – Bingming
    Nov 6, 2023 at 4:26
  • The PDF I am quoting from has those verses in its 9th Chapter .. its a translation by M.N.Dutta @Bingming
    – Rickross
    Nov 6, 2023 at 4:31

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