After the initiation into the Gayatri Mantra (i.e after Upanayana), for the Dvijas, performing Sandhya becomes a Nitya Karma - which means a rite that one has to perform daily without fail.
Failure means accumulation of sins and falling from the caste etc. Benefits of performing it daily is obviously getting rid of all the sins, remaining healthy, and ...
The book Nitya Karma Puja Prakash quotes the following verse from the Devi Bhagavatam, according to which, the evening Sandhya should be done facing the west.
Pratah sandhyam sanakshtram madhyanhe madhya bhaskaram | Sasuryam pashcimam sandhyam tistrah sandhya upasate ||
In evening as long as the stars don't rise in the sky one should
Note that scriptures like Manu Smriti do not specify whether we have to form a Mudra in the right hand while sipping water during Achamana.
But some other scriptures do. The Mudra is called the Go Karna Mudra (Go=cow, Karna=ear).
From Devi Bhagavatam 11.16:
25-50. While sipping the Âchaman water on the right hand, touch the
right hand with your ...
Narada Muni was repeating to many other similar verses found in other Mahapuranas i.e., Vishnu Purana and Bhagavatam in different matters.
The mode of worship change from time to time and yuga to yuga due to change in conditions and the ability of the worshippers. The spiritual levels of people has also fallen. We do not have much time to perform penances ...
As per Valmiki Ramayana: Sundara Kanda - Sarga 14,
While searching for Sita in Lanka,
Hanuma enters the Ashoka garden. He starts looking for Seetha in the garden. At the end, He thinks that Seetha would definitely come to that river [in Ashoka garden] for Sandhya rite if she were to be alive:
संध्या काल मनाः श्यामा ध्रुवम् एष्यति जानकी |
नदीम् च इमा...
Sri Chandrasekhara Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham says in Hindu Dharma The Universal Way of Life says
Daytime, we have seen, is divided into eight parts. But it can also be
divided into five, each of six nadikas. If the sun rises at 6, 6 to 8.
24 is morning or "pratah-kala"; 8. 24 to 10. 48 is "sangava-kala"; and
10. 48 to
1. 12 is "...
Sandhya vandanam can/should be performed during ashoucham. Reference kanchi kamakoti periyavar's translations at brahminrituals.com :
Asowcham or Pelai:
During this period except bath and sandhya
vandanam nothing else should be performed.
It also completely lists who all have the ashoucha dosham and for how long.
As long as you do not come into ...
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 ||
One should make 'Gokarna Mudra' (i.e. cow's ear) while performing Achamanam.
'Nitya karma pooja prakash' by Geeta Press Gorakhpur contains the process.
pdf is available at this link
Attached pic is self explanatory.
In short, it is like this (for those who are not versed with Hindi/Sanskrut text) --
"Make the shape of palm to resemble like cow's ...
In the Gayatri Mantra Upashana practicing 24 Mudras (hand postures) have been prescribed. The names of the Mudras can be found in the following passage from the Devi Bhagavatam's 11th Book's chapter 16:
Gâyatrî has seven S’iras (heads); Vyâkaranam (Grammar) is one; S’iksâ
is the second (that Amga of the Veda, the science which teaches the
However same the conceptual aspects of Sandhya Vandana for all the veda, they are slightly different for different Vedic lines and also even within the same Vedas like Shukla and Krishna Yajur vedas..
Between Rig + Yajur and Sama vedas the mantras for the following are different,
Praasanam- drinking a small drop of water while uttering Mantra to purify ...
Yes, Sandhyavandanam can be performed both inside the house and outside of it. Some places, which are outside the house, like river banks and temples are considered as the very best places for performing Sandhya.
The following verse from Laghu Satatapa Smriti is quoted in the book "Nitya Karma Puja Prakash".
Griheshu tatsamA sandhyAm goshthe ...
No , not at all. Shree Krishna himself mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam while advising Uddhava that. One can worship him in three ways.
Uddhava a great devotee of Shree Krishna once asked him to explain about the prescribed method of worshiping him in his Deity form and also said that the great sages like Narada , Vyasa and his own spiritual master, ...
After Upanayana performing Sandhya three times a day is a Nitya Karma for a Dvija. So, a Dvija has to do that without fail everyday.
When the Asaucha period (birth or death related impurity) runs in the family, even on those days he has to perform Sandhya (but Mantras should not be chanted loudly during those days).
From Devi Bhagavatam Book 11, Chapter 3: ...
This arghyam is given when we miss performing a sandhyavandanam i.e. before the sunrise in the morning, before the sun gets overhead in the evening and before the sunset in the evening. If we perform within the prescribed time, then it is not needed.
We have to do praNaayaama, say sankalpam that we are giving a prayaschitta arghya. Then we have to give the ...
Sri Chandrasekhara Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham said once that the proper time to do sandhyavandanam is hinted in the tamil saying " Kaanaamal konaamal kandu kodu". There is one important step in Sandhyavandhanam named Argya Pradhaanam (means giving Argyam to Sun God).
As per this Tamil saying this Argya Pradhaanam is to be given along with ...
The reason why Sandhyavandanam is recommended was told by Sri Ramakrishna to his disciples.
Gospel / Volume 1 / Pundit Shashadhar:
Without having realized God one cannot give up rituals altogether. How long should one practise the sandhya and other forms of ritualistic worship? As long as one does not shed tears of joy at the name of God and feel a ...