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.
The sacred thread is called by several names depending upon the region and community; a few of which are:
- Braḥma sūtram ब्रह्मसूत्रम् (Sanskrit)
- Yajñopavītam यज्ञोपवीतम् (Sanskrit)
- Jandhyam or Jandhyamu జంధ్యము (Telugu)
- Pūnūl பூணூல் (Tamil)
- Poonool പൂണൂല് (Malayalam)