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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 ...


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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 "...


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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 worship ...


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The Verse is from Śrī Dakṣasmṛti 2.19-20a However, according to this version, of Śrī Dakṣasmṛti, this verse appears as 2.23 with a small variation: Here instead of phalamaśnute, it is phalabhāgbhavet. While, the meaning of this verse is: One who does not perform saṃdhya is always impure and unfit for performing any other rites. Whatever other rites he may ...


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Since you're a dvija, it should be known that eating the meat of un-sacrificed animals is highly sinful: Manu 5.33 - In normal times the twice-born man conversant with the law shall not eat meat unlawfully; having eaten it unlawfully, he shall, after death, be devoured by them helplessly. What is lawful meat? Manu 5.36 - The Brāhmaṇa shall never eat ...


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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 ...


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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 इमाम् शिव ...


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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 ...


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Japa Yoga, a famous treatise by Swami Sivananda Saraswati speaks about the code of conduct of a person practicing Japa: On Page 114 of the text under the title Rules to be observed During Japa, Sivananda writes: Japa is done to elevate the sattva guna of a person , which ultimately helps them in spiritual progress. Any activity that inhibits the same, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 proper ...


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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 ...


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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 || .............


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I don't know exactly which scripture has that exact verse, but all dharmashastras and smritis say the same thing. Manu 2.103 - न तिष्ठति तु यः पूर्वां नौपास्ते यश्च पश्चिमाम् । स शूद्रवद् बहिष्कार्यः सर्वस्माद् द्विजकर्मणः ॥ १०३ ॥ But he who does not stand during the morning-twilight, and who does not sit through the evening-twilight, should be excluded, ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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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: ...


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Mundaka Upanishad III.ii.3: This Atman is not to be attained by the study of the Vedas, nor by the highest intellect, nor by much learning. Whom the Atman seeks, he gets the Atman; unto him He discloses His glory. Katha Upansihad II.iii.15: When all the knots of the heart are destroyed, even while a man is alive, then a mortal beomes immortal. This ...


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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 ...


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I have listened to the answer in the Video by Sri Mylavarapu Srinivasa Rao, a renowned pravachan karta, in Telugu speaking areas. Yes, he did explain about mAnasika sandhyAvandanam. He explained the following issues: In the olden days, people used to do sandhyAvandanam, without the paraphernalia, viz., photo of Gayatri mata, flowers, etc, while they are ...


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So on what authority can we say that dwijas today MUST do sandhyavandana? The oldest extant scripture to mandate Sandhyāvandana is probably the Āśvalāyana Gṛhyasūtra attached to Ṛgveda: Adhyāya III, Kaṇḍikā 7 If the sun sets while he is sleeping without being sick, he should spend the rest of the night keeping silence, without sitting down, and should ...


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Yes, you can consume it just like we consume Prasada of deities. It is supposed to enhance your health or health of anyone who consumes it. Quoting from the book "Hindu Dharma" which is comprised of various speeches by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji. Arghya must be offered before sunrise at noon and at sunset. Once there was a man ...


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Gayatri is the name of Chandas 24 letter mantra in case varenyam the no letters in gayatri mantra becomes 23 1/2 because of the letter "en" varenyam now if they extend the pronunciation of "en" by "enee" vareneeyam now it fits 24 letters so that chandas is not broken in the mantra The Mantra is named after chandas means the ...


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Let me take a shot at two of the questions. First off, I have no idea as to why there is a 21 syllabled (7 syllables x 3 pada) Gayatri Mantra. Many authoritative sources such as Kanchi Mutt, Chandrasekarena Saraswathi (Book Hindu Dharma, pg./ 548, Chap. 10) and others suggest 24 syllabled "The Tripada Gayathri ( 8 X 3 padas, one each for the Rig, Yajur ...


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"Upashishye" means "I am worshipping" Or "I'm performing the Upasana". "Sandhyamupashishye" means "I'm worshipping Sandhya" or "I'm performing Sandhya worship". You can get a Sankalpa Mantra from the book "Essence of Dharma Sindhu": After Pranayama as above, then Gayatri Avahana Sankalpa ...


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Sandhyavandanam is a procedure to invoke the ultimate prowess in you by chanting various mantras & doing things like arghya samarpana with the main focus on Maa Gayatri Chanting the Gayatri mantra alone comes under technical aspect & it's a personal experience of anyone to concentrate on the form of god According to Scriptures, those who get ...


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OM namaH sAmavedAya If you're looking for videos, I found these to be the best: 1- I think it's narrated in Telugu. 2- Very clear guide for the morning 3- same thing for the evening It's best to follow these videos with a written guide such as this or this.


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It should not be possible as, in Ramayan, there are various references to Himalaya like Dronagiri, where Sanjeevni was found, and rivers like Ganga which originates from Himalaya. The origination of Himalaya after the Indian subcontinent collided with the Asian continent must have taken millions of years. The age of these people were long, but not that long....


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