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Upakarma 2017 date - Yajur - Rig - Sama Vedi Brahmins - Gayatri Japam - Avani Avittam



Upakarma is a highly auspicious ceremony for the Hindu Brahmin community. The Upkarma dates in 2017 are July 28 (Rig) and September 6 (Yajur). In 2017, Sama Vedi Upakarma is on August 25. It is the day the sacred thread worn by Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed. There are Brahmins who are the followers of Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda and they have separate dates for Upakarma. The ritual is also known as Avani Avittam in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Gayatri Japam is another important ritual part of

Note - First Given Dates

August 7, 2017 - Yajur Vedi Upakarma - some Hindu mutts and groups changed the date due to Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan on August 7). (for more details regarding this confusion and changed the dates you can find it here.

Yajur Vedi Upakarma is observed on Shravan Poornima day (Full moon day in Sawan month) this year. Brahmins who are the followers of Yajur Veda change the sacred thread on the day. In 2017, the date is September 6.

Rig Vedi Upakarma is observed a day before Shravan Poornima this year. Brahmins who are the followers of Rig Veda change the sacred thread on the day. In 2017, the date is July 28.

Gayatri Japam is on August 8.

Sama Vedi Upakarma is observed on the day after Shravan Amavasi (No moon day in Sawan month). Brahmins who are the followers of Sama Veda change the sacred thread on the day. In 2017, the date is August 25.

Legend has it that Lord Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, got back the Vedas stolen by the Asuras (Demons) on the Shravan Purnima day.

Upakarma means ‘the beginning.’ After a holy dip in a sacred river or pond or Tritha, male Brahmins change the sacred thread and wear a new one. Symbolically the ritual means a new beginning.
Students also begin the study of the Vedas on this day.