Upakarma(Rigveda and Yajurveda) – August 10th 2014

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 10th 2014 – 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.

 

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13 responses to this post.

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

    appreciate the good efforts. Thanks.

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  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.

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

    I WANT SHRI RAGHAVENDRA STOTRA IN KANNADA (WRITTEN BY SREE APPANNACHARYARU)

    Reply

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

    i want details of nitya devara pooja vidhana

    Reply

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

    Thanks :)

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

    Thanks for detailed procedure and significance of Upakarma.

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  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

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  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 .

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  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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  10. Posted by kum on August 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Meera,

    I remember once you asked why some Vegetarians don’t like to onions…

    I came across the answer in Hindu blog. I have copied the story…

    There are numerous stories regarding the origin of onion in Hinduism. This particular story is associated with Vedic Yajnas. During the Satya Yuga, Sages performed Gomedha Yajna (cow sacrifice) and Ashvamedha Yajna (horse sacrifice) for the welfare of the people. During the course of the yajna, a cow or horse was sacrificed. At the culmination of the Yajna, the same cow or horse was brought back to life by the Rishis through mantras but with a younger body.

    Once, a sage was performing Gomedha Yajna. The wife of the sage was pregnant and she desired to eat meat. She believed that if a pregnant woman had a desire to eat and did not eat then the child born will always have saliva coming out of the mouth.

    So when the cow was sacrificed, she took a small piece of meat and hid it.

    Soon the sacrifice ended and the Rishi chanted mantras and brought back the cow to life but he soon noticed that a small piece of flesh was missing from the left side of the cow.

    The wife of the Sage realized that soon her husband will find out the truth through his yogic powers. She therefore threw away the piece of meat.

    But the piece of meat had life in it due to the mantras chanted by the sage. In due course of time, the piece of meat became onion.

    Thus onion is avoided by some Hindus as it is considered non-vegetarian.

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  11. Posted by Poornima Narayana on August 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    If one misses changing the thread on Upakarma day, what recourse does he have?
    Can he wait till the next full moon and do it? Or maybe on a festival day?

    Reply

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