Monday, August 17, 2009


Upakarma (annual changing of sacred thread) was conducted on 6th August 2009 at Dayanand Apartments, Kochi, a free housing complex where 150 people are rehabilitated.

Legend has it that Lord Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, got back the Vedas stolen by the Asuras (Demons) on the Shravan Purnima day.

Upakarma means ‘the beginning.’ After a holy dip in a sacred river or pond or Tritha, male Brahmins change the sacred thread and wear a new one. Symbolically the ritual means a new beginning.

Students also begin the study of the Vedas on this day.

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