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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Thu Aug 14 1997 - 19:44:51 PDT
Dear BhakthAs : I deeply appreciate the posting of Sri Vijay Srinivasan providing additional important details on the UpAkarmA . Thanks , Sri Vijay Srinivasan . The unique strength of this group is that we learn so much from each other . Although number of you have sent me your fax numbers as per my suggestion , it is probably safer and surer to send it on-line . Hence I am sending the sankalpams as a separate posting . Could Sri Varadhan of Albuquerque and Sri Velugaleti Raghava Charya to send me their e-mail addresses , since the notes that I sent them came back . Many thanks . Regarding the dates , there have been different opinions expressed by different Ahnika grantha karthAs like Vaidhika Saarvabhoumain his work ( darsanirNayee ) and others . The best determination out of these debates have been made by the article that appeared in the 1970 June issue of Nrusimha PriyA . For Yajur Vedis , Sri Sannidhi sampradhayam has established that August 18 is the UpAkarmA day and the next day is for Gaayathri Japam for yajur Vedis ; for Saama Vedis , Gayathri japam is not on the day after UpAkarmA . It is on the prathamai subsequent to SrAvaNa PourNami of BhadrapAtham . Dear Sri Rangaswami , Please correct me if I am wrong on this point . My paternal grand father learnt Saama Vedam at the age of 70 to serve as a Brahaspathi to the Saama Vedis as well and my recollection goes back to those far off days . feel comfortable in following the recommendation of August 18/19 for Yajur Vedis . The tarpaNam done on UpAkarmA day is Rishi TarpaNam and not pithru tarpaNam . Hence no fasting is needed on that day . The one meal and the raathri palAhAram on UpAkarmA day is in preparation for the next day's Gayathri japam . mantra Japam is performed after snAnam, pratha: SandhyA and SamithAdhAnam ( if a bachelor ) . New YajnOpaveetham has been recommended either before the start of Japam , if the YajnOpaveetham is not in good shape. Manthra Japam is followed by UpAkarmA that Sri Vijay Srinivasan is going to write about . it is common practise to eat Idly and Appam after manthra Japam . Our achAryAs do not recommend wearing new pUNal and tarpaNam and Adhyayana Homam after such heavy eating . They recommend that the sequence is (1) sananam (2)prAtha: SandhyA (3) YajnOpaveetha DharaNam , if needed (4) KamOkArsheeth Japam by 1008 times . All of these to be done before six naazhikais after sunrise like all other prAyascchittha karmA . This japam is done as indicated by Sri Vijay Srinivasan for not performing the VedOthsarjanam in Thisha PowrNami ( Thai month Full moon day ) . The day ( 30 Naazhikais from sun ise to sunset ) is split in to two parts ( purvAhNam and AparAhNam) for us . KaamOkArsheeth Japam is to be done in the PurvAhNam and the UpAkarmA is to be done in AparAhNam after MaadhyAhnikam , bhagavadhArAdhanam , vaisvadEvam . Then one retires in the villages to the bank of a river or Swami PushkaraNI and jointly undertake the sankalpam with adhyAya upAkarma KarishyE ; as a part of that w esay, " Tadhangam Yajnopaveetha DharaNam karishyE and follow it with Tadhangam SnAnam karishyE and after snAnam , make the next sankalpam , " KhAnDa rishi tarpaNam karishyE . with wet cloth , Achamanam is performed , face north , wear the pUNal as maalai , hold it with both thumbs and perorm tarpaNam with water containing rice(tandulam ) and Sesame seed in the standard manner . After that change into dry clothes and initate Adhyayana Homam prior to VedhArambham ( UpaakarmA ) . Adhyayana Homam is vital for the observance of UpAkarma , since the VedhArambham done at homa kaalam is why this ceremony is called UpAkarmA . Sri Vijay Srinivasan will be covering this aspect of the observance . Even in India , many do not perform adhyayana homam , which removes the significance of UpAkarmA . Here , the best approach may be to join in a homam at the local temple . Now is the time to be rewarded with the feast of Idly and appam et al . V.Sadagopan P.S : I will post the sankalpams next . Gayathri japam .