Hare Srinivasa,

The sacred Shravana masa has just started and it is an opportunity for us to make use of it by observing the festivals and anushtanas as prescribed and earn the blessings of Hari Vayu Gurugalu. One of the important anushtana  during this Shravan month for Men is the Upakarma event.

Upakarma is usually held on the full moon day of the month of Shravana. The significance of this day is that Lord Vishnu took the form of a horse and restored the Veda that was stolen from Lord Brahma by the demons. As lord Vishnu took the form of a horse, this incarnation is called Hayagriva or “horse-head”. Lord Vishnu took the from of Hayagriva or Hayavadana and restored the all-pervading Veda to safety thus curbing the pride of Brahma. So the day of upakarma is also celebrated as Hayagriva utpatti. As the Vedas were restored on this day, Upakarma is performed on this day to mark a new beginning. For Rig Vedins, it is performed on Sharavana nakshatra day of Sharavana maasa. For Yajur Vedins it is performed on Pournami of Sharavana maasa. It is done for reaffirmation of our commitment to religious studies and seek blessings of our ‘moola gurus’ and ‘rishis’. Shaastras say that it is not only for personal welfare but it also uplifts the society.

It contains powerful Veda Mantras for timely rains. When all the Brahmins gather at a place and pray with appropriate mantras, it definitely brings prosperity to everything in the surrounding. Sufficient timely rains are needed. They should not be devastating. Therefore it is said in the prayers ‘Sarve Janaa: sukhino bhavanthu‘.

Due to several reasons the mantras which has been initiated loses the potency over a period of time due to our negligence. Therefore on Upakarma day it is revitalized and energized. Theis process is known as ‘Utsarjana’. It consists of homas and prathana.

The second part also consists of homa and new ‘yajnopa veeta’, is worn and the old one is removed. This is changed with all the mantras. The three knots represent Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.

Gayatri Japa

Next day is specially set aside for chanting of Gayathri mantra. If Gayathri is practiced daily in the prescribed manner it takes care of both bodily and mental well-being. Our body is ‘jada’ without the ‘praana shakthi’ which propels the souls into action. Gayathri mantra is the divine power which vibrates and blesses us with divine grace.

A person reciting Gayathri in the right manner with full faith without fail is always positive, cheerful, smiling. It brings Godly qualities in you. It helps you become less egoistic and less selfish. You begin to care for others and thus become popular with all around you. Food and oxygen energizes the body, Gayathri energizes the soul. Money brings comfort for the body while Gayathri brings comfort for the soul which is eternal. 

Upakarma @ Nanganallur Rayar Mutt:

Like every year, elaborate arrangements for Upakarma are being made in Nanganallur Rayar Mutt so as to have both the upakarma for Rig and Yajur veda bhaktas simultaneously.  The first batch starts at 06.00 AM on 13-Aug-11 for both. Devotees are requested to make use of this opportunity.  Note : Upakarma Donation :  Rs. 20 per person. Please check the Aradhana invitation below from Sri Raghavendra Swamy Brindavanam Trust, “Dakshina Manthralaya”, Nanganallur, Chennai -61.

Yathithraya Sannidhana "Dakshina Manthralaya"d

||  Sri Krishnarpanamastu  ||


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