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Re: [SriRangaSri] Fwd: Upakarma and Gayathri Japam

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 21:12:20 PDT

Yes, I agree it is all getting very confusing. Let me try 
to clarify a little bit. There is *absolutely no* confusion
with respect to when to perform Yajur Upakarma in the US.
Strictly according to the shastras it *has* to be done
on Friday, as only Friday is Paurnami (full moon) in the
US. Saturday is Prathama, so Gayatri Japam must be done
on Saturday. Apastamba Maharishi is absolutely clear on 
this point, and I can discuss the relevant sUtras with
those who are interested by private email.

I have to say that those who live in the US but follow 
panchangams calculated for Indian time and do Upakarma 
on Saturday are simply doing it on the wrong day.

There is now some confusion as to when to observe this
in India. If you are India consult your local brihaspati
or acharya and they will clarify the issue.

But, to summarize, if you live in the US, please observe
the following:

  Yajur Upakarma: Friday,   August 3, 2001
  Gayatri Japam:  Saturday, August 4, 2001
  
Mani

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