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How to put on a brahmin thread:

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)