One of the most significant annual ceremonies for the Brahmin community is Avani Avittam. ‘Avani’ means the Tamil mouth and ‘Avittam’ stands for the 27 Nakshatras. Avani Avittam is a religious traditional ceremony among Brahmins across the world. The dates for Avani Avittam change according to the holy calendar and according to the Panchangam, Avani Avittam 2019 will be celebrated on August 15th 2019.
Significance of Avani Avittam
On the holy day of Avani Avittam, Brahmin lads will be bestowed with a holy thread (“poonal” in Tamil) which signifies the third eye for Brahmins (eye of wisdom, to be precise). Avani Avittam is celebrated as Janeyu Purnima in the Indian states of Orissa and Maharashtra.
Avani Avittam 2019 Rituals
For Rig Vedics, the rituals begin with a shower and getting dressed in a white dhoti (veshti). The rituals begin with ‘Mahasankalpam’ (common for Rig and Yajur vedics) which is practically a call for compensation for the sins committed over the last year. It involves placing the right palm on the left palm which is placed on the right knee in seated position.
Instead of the Kanda Rishi Tharpanam for Yajur Vedics, it is replaced by Deva Rishi Tharpanam for Rig Vedics.Deva Rishi Tharpanam is very elaborate and is followed by Gayathri Mantram recitation and Veda Aramba.
A string of chants continue and the old thread called ‘Janeyu’ or ‘Yajnopavit’ or ‘Poonal’ is replaced with a new one.
Important Timings On Avani Avittam 2019
|Sunrise||15 August, 2019 06:06 AM.|
|Sunset||15 August, 2019 06:55 PM.|
|Purnima Tithi Begins||14 August, 2019 03:45 PM.|
|Purnima Tithi Ends||15 August, 2019 05:59 PM.|