The term "upa" means near and "nayanam" means leading. So Upanayam means "leading near". It's one of the 13 samskara prescribed by the Vedas.
What does the Sacred Thread signify?
The Janeu or yajñopavītam symbolizes the ability of the wearer to perform Sandhyavandanam and recite the Gayatri Mantra.
There is a variation in the thread count of yajñopavītam. ...
The Yajyopavita is worn by those who after Upanayana study Vedas and live life by practicing Vedic duties.
In the olden days, many women underwent Upanayana and studied Vedas. They were called Brahmavadinis. But, many women who had no interest in learning Vedas, underwent Marriage.
Even older smritis like Harita Smriti mentions women having Upanayanam. ...
The wearing of the sacred thread is part of the Dharma (duty) of the first three castes because as the Manu Smriti describes, they are the ones who can read the Vedas:
87) But in order to protect this universe He, the most resplendent one, assigned separate (duties and) occupations to those who sprang from his mouth, arms, thighs, and feet.
88) To ...
The concept of Upanayanam is steeped in symbolism. A Brahmachari is allowed to wear a Yagnopaveeta of 3 strands, a householder 6 strands and a householder who has performed his Shastyaabdhapurti (60th birthday) is allowed to wear 9 strands. The 9 strands are also worn to signify the last 3 strands as a substitute for the Angavastram. Each 3 strands are tied ...
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 raised (and
the string, or the dress, passed under it, rests on the right
shoulder, he is called) prakinavitin; and nivitin when it hangs down
In addition to the above answers, I would like to add mine:
In Vedic Era, which continued upto Mahabharata period, i.e, 3102 B.C., women used to perform SANDHYA rites. Thereafter, due to reasons not available, women were prohibited from doing so.
In Srimad Ramayana, we come across an indirect reference to Sita performing Sandya rites.
While searching for ...
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-pot he
must throw into water, when they have been damaged, and take others,
reciting sacred formulas.
Some further conditions when the sacred thread ...
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 verse is repeated in Apashthamba too)
, a turban, a skin as an upper garment, and shoes; carry an umbrella; maintain the sacred domestic fire; and offer the
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. And, these materials do vary with varnas.
Manu Smriti 2.44. The sacrificial string of a Brahmana shall be made
of cotton, (shall be) twisted to the right, (...
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 of people believe is the reason for banishment of shastras for women).
Position of women in Vedic era
AcaryANAM shatam pita
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 conception (that) of a Kshatriya, but in the twelfth that of a
The maximum age limits till which sacred thread ceremony can still be performed for the ...
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 of various deities on the 9 threads and the 3 knots.
The relevant Mantras can be found on page 55 of the prayoga book called "Nitya Karma Puja Prakasha".
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 perform the following) expiation;
In the same manner as for the first neglect (of the initiation, a penance of) two months (was) prescribed, so (they shall do ...
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 initiation, Vedic
studies , Fire establishment and bhiksha etc. द्विऽविधाः स्त्रियो
ब्रह्मवादिन्यः सदीवध्वश्च । तत्र ब्रह्मवादिनीनामुपनयनम्योन्धनं
Janev is sacred thread that is given to brahmana when he accept being Brahmana only. Brahman child is given the ritual and is given Gayatri Mantra.
who can wear Janev?
A male person who can be either Brahmana, Kshatriya or Vaisya can wear Janev because they can read Vedas.
Purpose for Kshatriya is that he will always protect Brahmanas and cows.
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 follow the same. They also take the name "Tirtha" which is one among Dashanami Sampradaya. This is the reason they do not wear Yagnopavitam or shikha.
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 should put on a most excellent white
piece of cotton or silk cloth without any hole, but quite different
from the one used before
Usana Smriti's ...
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 coming of age of a child to begin his education as a Brahmachari.
As mentioned in The Grihya Sutras while talking about the Upanayana ceremony's place in the ...
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 granthis in a Janeu is to remind of Vishnu granthi, Brahma Granthi and Rudra Granthi knots respectively in the kundalini awakening and ascension paths which a ...
It occurs in the Veda itself. In the Brahmopanishad of Krishna Yajur Veda I found it mentioned. Please look in the 3rd line just after where the 2nd verse ends in the attached file. The two complete lines go like below:
hṛdi caitanye tiṣṭhati yajñopavītaṃ paramaṃ pavitraṃ prajāpateryatsahajaṃ purastāt
āyuṣyamagrapaṃ pratimuñca śubhraṃ yajñopavītaṃ ...
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 Varna according to the kind of the work they did. Since Sudras were the people who did odd jobs. That's why they not used to wear sacred thread.
But now there ...
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 family is not following the traditions since many generations.
In those cases the the persons belonging to that family are considered as having lost their ...
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 उपाकर्म कुर्वीत आश्वलायन गृह्य सूत्र
Samaveda Upakarma: Should be done on hasta nakshatra on bhadrapada shuklapaksha
प्रौष्ठपदी हस्तायाम् वा श्रवणे श्रवणाया...
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 )
if you utter this while holding small portions of water in right hand and consume it
you purify your internal body parts is the belief. if you do "...
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.
According to Agamas, yagnopavita is the same for all, it changes based on certain attributes depending on the level of consciousness for the people wearing it.
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 Brahma Granthi or the knot of Brahman. The three strands signify the three instruments through which we perform our actions — thought, word and body. By tying ...