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The Significance of the Sacred Thread, Yagnopavitham


— Siddharth Swamy,
Student of Maths & Economics, Trinity College, Dublin

Today, full moon, in Sravan month is the day when many Indians perform the thread changing ceremony.

We bring to you an interaction of an inquiring youngster with D. K. Hari and D.K. Hema Hari of Bharath Gyan, on the relevance of this practice of wearing a sacred thread.

What is this thread I have been made to wear? It was put on during my Upanayanam. What is an upanayanam?

Let us go to the etymological meaning of Upanayanam. Upa means ‘near’ or ‘by the side of’ and nayanam means ‘by the eyes’. Therefore upanayanam denotes being by the side or supervision of a teacher.

Upanayanam is typically performed at the age of 7 years, the time when a child is ready to start schooling. At that time, parents conduct this ceremony and then take the…

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