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Upakarma 2018 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 2018 are August 26 (Rig) and August 25 (Yajur). In 2018, Sama Vedi Upakarma is on September 14. 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 the ritual.

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 2018, the date is August 25.

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 2018, the date is August 26.

Gayatri Japam is on August 26

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 2018, the date is September  14.

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.