Upakarma(Rigveda and Yajurveda) – August 2nd 2012

Upakarma is one of the ancient Vedic rituals practiced to date by every Brahmin. It is done once a year, during Shravana Masa- which is usually in August or September. The main activity performed in an Upakarma is the changing of the Janivara or Holy Thread. This year the dates are as follows:

August 2nd 2012 – Rigveda Upakarma, Yajurveda Upakarma and Raksha Bandhan. Check your local panchanga to find out the exact date.

Did you know that Upakarma means “Beginning” in Sanskrit.

Now that we have all the details for the Upakarma, how about Raksha Bhandan? Raksha” means protection, “bandhan” means bound or binding. During this festival brothers and sisters show that they care for each other; include your cousins also. A sister will tie the rakhi, which is made of thread around her brother’s right wrist, usually with flowers attached to it. In return, her brother will give sweets, or money to show that they will love and protect them.

As with any other festival, there are many legends for this festival as well.

1. In ancient times a woman tied a ‘rakshaa’ on her husband’s wrist to protect him from evil. Later, she tied a ‘rakshaa’ on her brother’s right wrist, to protect him from evil influence and those factors which may taint his character, and to strengthen the bond of sibling love between them.

2. Vishnu helped the wife of Indra, to aid her husband in his battle against the demon Bali. Bali had driven Indra out of heaven. Vishnu gave Indra’s wife a silk thread to put on Indra’s wrist as a lucky charm. It enabled him to defeat Bali and regain his kingdom.

3. During the battle of Mahabharat,Queen Kunti tied a raksha on her grandson Abhimanyu to protect him in battle.

P.S: Those of you residing in the Washington DC area, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple is celebrating the ceremony in the morning. You can get all the details from the SSVT site and check the August newsletter for the timings to perform the same.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Muthu on August 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

    appreciate the good efforts. Thanks.


  2. Thank you very much. It will very nice to have the video of the mantra’s for Upakarma since it is very hard to see / read and do the same……….. Once again thank you very much for your great help.


  3. Posted by Ranganatha D S on October 24, 2011 at 6:43 am



  4. Posted by satyanarayana on July 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

    i want details of nitya devara pooja vidhana


  5. Posted by Shrigauri on July 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks :)


  6. Posted by Nagaraj on August 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for detailed procedure and significance of Upakarma.


  7. Posted by Badhrinath Narayanan on August 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

    thank you.. this is helpful for people like me who are far away from home town


  8. Posted by rajesh. v on September 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Dear meera madam. Thanks for the procedure of performing upakarma. U r doing a great job keep it up. U r a role model for every one .


  9. Posted by Srinath on August 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Maam, Thanks for sharing this info, but procedures are different for Rig Vedis and Yajur Vedis.


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