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 2021 will be celebrated on August 22nd 2021.
Significance of Avani Avittam 2021
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. Following the day of Avani Avittam is the Gayathri Maha Mantra Japam day. However, this ritual varies according to sects.
Usually, Brahmins chant the powerful Gayathri Mantram 1008 times on the succeeding day of Avani Avittam.
Avani Avittam 2021 Rituals
For Yajur Vedics, the rituals begin with a shower and getting dressed in a white dhoti (veshti) with stripes of white ash on their forehead ( if they are devotees of Lord Shiva). The rituals begin with ‘Mahasankalpam’ 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 a seated position.
A string of chants continues and the old thread called ‘Janeyu’ or ‘Yajnopavit’ or ‘Poonal’ is replaced with a new one.
Important Timings On Avani Avittam 2021
|Sunrise||22 August, 2019 05:53 AM.|
|Sunset||22 August, 2019 06:55 PM.|
|Purnima Tithi Begins||21 August, 2019 07:00 PM.|
|Purnima Tithi Ends||22 August, 2019 05:31 PM.|
Yajurveda Upakarma Procedure
Mahasankalpam – Courtesy: Gurukul
Usually, Yagnopaveetam is performed in the midst of trained Brahmin priests in groups or among families. However, considering the current Covid-19 situation, the upakarma is performed with the assistance of online videos for Avani Avittam 2021 Upakarma.
Yagnopaveetha Mandram – Courtesy: Gurukul