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Conditions for changing sacred thread?

The Manu Smriti simply says to change the thread when its damaged. Manu Smriti 2.64. His girdle, the skin (which serves as his upper garment), his staff, his sacrificial thread, (and) his water-...
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On what occasions can sacred thread be worn around the neck like garland?

Manu Smriti 2.63. A twice-born man is called upavitin when his right arm is raised (and the sacrificial string or the dress, passed under it, rests on the left shoulder); (when his) left (arm) is ...
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Do i need to regret for my bad deeds or sins before undergoing Upanayana?

Yes you need to do penance before Upnayana. He, whose father and grandfather have not been initiated, (and his two ancestors) are called 'slayers of the Brahman.' If they wish it (they may ...
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Why are men who don't wear yajñopavītam asked to wear one during certain rituals?

As per scriptures, it is necessary to wear an upper-garment while participating in sacred rituals. He shall carry a bamboo staff and a pot filled with water; wear a double sacrificial cord ( this ...
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Color of Yagnopvaita (Janeu)

What is the correct color of yagnopavitam? None of the Smritis that i have read (except UsAna Smriti ) mention colors. Only thing they mention is the material which the threads are to be made of. ...
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What was the position of Women in the Vedic era?

I would like to write a detailed post with extensive references from Vedas, Vedangas and extra vedic literature. Also, along with this one can also refer to my another post on menstruation (which most ...
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What is the meaning of the 9 sacred threads in janoi?

The sacred thread is not considered just as an ordinary thread. Before wearing one, it has to undergo a process called Samskara, which is a purificatory ritual that is aimed at invoking the presence ...
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What is the age limit of getting a yajnopavita for various castes?

Ideal time to perform the sacred thread ceremony: Manu Smriti 2.36. In the eighth year after conception, one should perform the initiation (upanayana) of a Brahmana, in the eleventh after ...
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Why don't Sudras wear a sacred thread?

When a person wears a sacred thread he must follow certain rules & should remain pious all the time. Everyone can't follow all these rules. In the past era, The people were divided in different ...
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Why do women not wear Yagnopaveetham (Janeu or Poonal)?

It can be worn even today. Some institutions like Arya samaj and Gayatri parivar are doing some work to promote it. As per Haarita sutra, those women who are Brahma Vaadini have right for ...
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Why Guru Raghavendra Swamy has not wore Yagnopavitam in any photos?

Sannyasis generally remove tuft (shikha), sacred thread (Yagnopavitam) and carry an "Ekadanda" (single staff) when they enter into that stage of life. Sannyasis belonging to Dvaita sampradaya also ...
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Does Devi wear the sacred thread? And do any dhyana shlokas of her mention her wearing it?

The hidden purpose of Janeu is to remind ourselves of Kundalini Shakthi or Devi herself that lays coiled three and a half times inside your body. She is Moola Prakriti herself. The three knots or ...
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Do goddesses and wives of any rishis wear the Yajñopaveetam (sacred thread)?

Indeed it's rare for female divinities to sport a yajñopavītam, but not impossible within the Tāntrika sphere. Here are some examples Dakshiṇakālī अञ्जनाद्रिनिभां देवीं करालवदनां शिवां । मुण्डमालावली...
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On what grounds do Srivaishnava jeeyars retain sacred thread?

Summary - Read the conclusion at the bottom for short answer, where various categories of Shastras - Upanishads, Grihya/ Dharma Sutras, Puranas, Itihasa; unanimously prescribe the wearing of the ...
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Can the Yajnopavitam be ever removed after once the person has initiated?

As for the first question (or the question which the title asks) the answer is NO (apparently). A twice-born one should always wear the sacred thread and tie up the tuft of hair on his crown. He ...
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Which Kshatriya and Vaishya communities continue to wear the Yajnopavitam today?

The raju(Kshatriya) and komati(vysya) communities of andhra continue to wear sacred thread. The kammas are shudras and they do not wear
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Is it bad to undergo Upanayana ceremony for the first time?

There is no sin attached to the performance of an Upanayana ceremony instead it is one of the essential samskars that need to be undergone by Hindus. The performance of this ritual signifies the ...
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Do i need to regret for my bad deeds or sins before undergoing Upanayana?

First of all only the three dvija(Brahmin,Kshatriya,Vaisya) castes have the Upanayana samskara.Now, even if i assume that you are born in a family belonging to any of the 3 castes its clear that your ...
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What scriptures describe the UpAkarma dates calculation and performance details

Rigveda Upakarma: Should be done on the day in shraavana where shravana is the star and spans at least from sunrise to mid day.But not in Uttara Ashadha if present during sunrise. श्रवणे श्रवणायाम् ...
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What scriptures describe the UpAkarma dates calculation and performance details

Upakarma or Shravani उपकर्म / श्रावणी) is a Vedic ritual celebrated every year generally on the full Moon day of the Lunar Month Sravana (श्रावण) that falls during August–September months of English ...
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Which Kshatriya and Vaishya communities continue to wear the Yajnopavitam today?

Kamma Kshatriyas are still wearing in many areas. I have a friend from Kamma caste. He wears it. Kamma is a Telugu caste.
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What are the situations for changing Janeu?

Upon researching the Peeths of legitimate Guru Shishya tradition, I have come across 1008•guru who is current acharya under Shankaracharya of Jyotirpeeth and Badrinath, who has answered this question. ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya remove his yajnopavita and is that anti-Vedic?

Short answer: There is NO old portrait in Kanchi math depicting Adi Shankara wearing a yajnopavita. Where is a link to that portrait? There are some portraits of Shankara wearing yajnopavita and no ...
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Rules to be followed for wearing the Sacred thread / Janeu

Rules for for Wearing "Yagnophaveedham" or "License" to perform Homa or sacred ritual :-) all you need is the following Manthra. 1) Aachamanam: Shuklaam Bharadharam Vishnum etc. (google please ) ...
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Among castes eligible to wear yagnopavitam, do different castes/sub-castes wear different kinds of Yagyopavitam?

Use of word "Caste" when talking about Hindu scriptures is very confusing. There are Varnas (based on gunas) and Jatis n gothras (based on bloodlines), caste as a concept doesn't exist in scriptures. ...
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What is the importance of knot in sacred thread ceremony?

The sacred thread ceremony or ‘Upanayanam’ is a ceremony where a boy is initiated into the study of Brahman or God. The sacred thread has three strands which are held together by a knot known as the ...
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regarding some questions on upanayana

Upanayana means the initiation of studies in the gurukulam after getting the gayAtri mantra upadesham. The child after the ceremony proceeds straight to the gurukulam for the studies of shastra. ...
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