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Re: Yajur Upakarma

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Thu Aug 10 2000 - 17:35:44 PDT

Dear Suresh,

I have posted the upAkarma procedure on the Web at:

http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/rituals/upakarma/

I have updated it for this year.

Please also read the article on the significance of
the upAkarma at the same place, very nicely written by 
Sri Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan.

By the way, there is no significant difference in the 
procedure between Sri Vaishnavas (either Vadagalai or
Thengalai), or smArtas.  Of course, there are minor
differences in the guru-paramparA anusandhAna at the
beginning and in the sankalpa.  But upAkarma being
a Vedic rite dictated by one's dharma-sUtra is practiced
the same way almost everywhere. What differences exist
are dictated more by region or family than by sect.

Upakarma Date
-------------

After a careful reading of Srimad Azhagiya Singar's 'Ahnika grantha',
I have calculated the following dates for the upAkarma:

  USA: upAkarma -> Mon, August 14, gAyatrI japa -> Tue, August 15
  Singapore: upAkarma -> Tue, August 15, gAyatrI japa -> Wed, August 16

I am purposely omitting dates for those of you in India because 
you all have access to vidvAns and vAdyArs who can give you the
correct information.  (In some traditions, for those in India,
both gAyatrI japa and upAkarma fall on the same day this year.
Furthermore, there may be a 'doSa' for first-time upAkarmins which
pushes their upAkarma to the next month.)

Those who are interested in the gory details of how I arrived
at these dates can contact me privately.

We are truly indebted to Srimad Azhagiya Singar for so thoroughly
and carefully explaining the pramANa-s behind various observances
and calculations in 'Ahnika grantha'. That work has been indispensable 
on more than one occasion recently, when I had some 'sandeha-s' (doubts) 
concerning some anushThAnams.  I sing 'pallANDu, pallANDu' for Srimad 
Azhagiya Singar so he may bless us for years to come in a similar fashion.

aDiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan
Mani


 



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