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The sacred thread worn by some Hindus. Called yajñopavītam (यज्ञोपवीतम्) in Sanskrit, it the symbolizes the ability of the wearer to perform Sandhyavandanam and recite the Gayatri Mantra.

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What is the significance of the janeva (sacred thread)?

In Hinduism, all male brahmins are required to go through an initiation called thread ceremony (upanayanam or yagnopachhedan) in which their heads are shaved before they are given the sacred thread (...
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Is Janeva (Yajñopavītam or sacred thread) limited to Brahmins only?

I heard a lot about the power of Janeva (Yajñopavītam or sacred thread), a small cloth string worn on the shoulders across the hands. When chatting with some Brahmins, I found them suggesting that it ...
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Why do women not wear Yagnopaveetham (Janeu or Poonal)?

In this question it is said that the three strands of the poonal signify the debts to parents, teachers and sages. If so, aren't these debts also meant for women? Why is it that women do not wear ...
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What scripture does the sacred thread mantra come from?

If you're a brahmin, you're probably familiar with the following mantra (see page 2): Yajnopavitam, paramam pavitram Prajapatim yatsahajam purastath | Ayushyam agriyam pratimunja subhram Yajnopavitam ...
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What is the age limit of getting a yajnopavita for various castes?

What is the age limit as per the scriptures of getting a Yajnopavita for the various varnas?
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Color of Yagnopvaita (Janeu)

Yagnopavitam or Janeu is generally worn as a white cotton thread amongst brahmins, but some people wear yellow-colored thread (by applying turmeric). I have following questions What is the correct ...
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What scriptures describe the UpAkarma dates calculation and performance details

Upakarma or Avni Avittam is a ritual performed before/on Shravan Paurnima/Pournami (it depends on Veda). Generally Rigveda Upakarma is one day behind Yajurveda Upakarma. What shastra/Scripture ...
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Why are men who don't wear yajñopavītam asked to wear one during certain rituals?

I've seen this practice where the archaka or priest asks the person doing certain rituals like the Śrāddha to temporarily wear a yajñopavītam or something similar (quickly made out of a towel), I ...
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Conditions for changing sacred thread?

Yagnopavitam is worn by dwijas, it should be changed when it gets impure or during Upakarma, what gṛhya sūtrās or Dharma śāstrās discuss the situations or conditions under which we have to change the ...
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Can the Yajnopavitam be ever removed after once the person has initiated?

I have heard that the yajnopavitam cannot be removed ever after once initiated. However, I have also heard Ramakrishna Paramahamsa removed his own one countless times. What do the scriptures say about ...
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What are the duties of Dvija-Bandhus?

According to the book "Hindu Dharma" by Sri Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati: If the Gayatri has not been chanted for three generations in the family of a Brahmin, its members lose caste (they ...
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Which Kshatriya and Vaishya communities continue to wear the Yajnopavitam today?

We know from the Manusmriti that the first three Varnas (Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas) are obligated to wear the Yajnopavitam. Nowadays, it seems only Brahmins wear the thread and so it's ...
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In what circumstances Yagnopavita must be changed? [duplicate]

Janeu the sacred Yagyopavita thread is worn by any dwija who wishes to follow some set of rules. So, what are those rules and in which scripture they are described? In what circumstances a ...
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Is Lord Vishnu a Brahmin?

I once saw an image of Lord Vishnu wearing a sacred thread which Brahmin's wear on their body. Does this mean that Lord Vishnu is a Brahmin?
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Why don't Sudras wear a sacred thread?

According to caste-system based on Manu-smriti, only the first three categories i.e., Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas are allowed to wears the sacred thread. Why are Sudras not entitled to wear the ...