How to put on a brahmin thread

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Proceedure for Yajur Veda Upakarma - Changing the Sacred Thread How to change the sacred thread: 1. Sit down on an åsana (Face east in the morning and noon, and north in the evening) 2. Perform åcamana. Simple Åcamana: om keshavåya nama·h - sip water from bråhma tîrtha of right hand om nåråyanåya nama·h - sip water from bråhma tîrtha of right hand om mådhavåya nama·h - sip water from bråhma tîrtha of right hand

(Optional) Special Åcamana: om govindåya nama·h - sprinkle water on right hand om vishnave nama·h - sprinkle water on left hand om madhusüdanåya nama·h - wipe mouth with right hand om trivikramåya nama·h - wipe mouth with right hand om våmanåya nama·h - wipe lips with base of thumb om Shrîdharåya nama·h - wipe lips with base of thumb om hrishîkeshåya nama·h - sprinkle water on both hands om padmanåbhåya nama·h - sprinkle water on feet om dåmodaråya nama·h - sprinkle water on head om våsudevåya nama·h - touch lips with right hand om sankarshanåya nama·h - touch right side of nose with right hand om pradyumnåya nama·h - touch left side of nose with right hand om aniruddhåya nama·h - touch right eye with right hand om purushottamåya nama·h - touch left eye with right hand om adhokshajåya nama·h - touch right ear with right hand om nrisinghåya nama·h - touch left ear with right hand om acyutåya nama·h - touch navel with right hand om janardanåya nama·h - touch heart with right hand om upendråya nama·h - touch head with right hand om haraye nama·h - touch right shoulder with right hand om krishnåya nama·h - touch left shoulder with right hand (om) tad vishnoh paramagm pada-gugm sadå pasyanti suråyah divîva cakshur åtatam tad vipråso vipanyavo jågrivå-gugm sah samindhate vishnor yat paramagm padam 3. Sprinkle some water from the pañchapåtra on your new sacred thread. Undo it and stretch it around your knees. 4. Remove the new sacred thread from your knees and hold it horizontally open with the palms of your hands. Turn the thread

vertical so that your right hand is up and left hand is down. Your left palm should be turned downwards. 5. Chant the following mantra for putting on the sacred thread. (om) yajñopavîtam paramagm pavitram prajåpater yat sahajagm puraståt åyushyam agryam pratimuñca shubhragm yajñopavîtam bålam astu tejah 6. Put on the new sacred thread. 7. Wearing both threads chant the Gåyatrî mantra and other mantras given to you by your guru ten times each – on the rekha - lines of middle finger, kanistha – little finger, and tips of other fingers. 8. Chant the following mantra for removing the old sacred thread. upavîtagm chinnatantugm jîrnam kanmala düshitam visrijåmi punar brahman varco dîrghåyur astu me 9. Remove the old sacred thread from the left shoulder. Bring it down to waist level and break it string by string with both hands. Dispose of it in the same manner as old prasadam, being placed in “a sacred throw out” (to be composted – never to be left laying around, or discarded improperly) (or may be disposed of as required)