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August 30, 2016

Voice of JagadGuru – August 2016 Edition

Sri Gurubhyoh Namaha!

With the blessings of our Jagadguru Mahasannidanam Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Teertha Mahaswamigal and Sannidanam Sri Sri Sri Vidhushekara Bharathi Mahaswamigal, we are publishing the Aug’ 2016 edition of the e-magazine, VoiceOfJagadGuru. Please use the below links to access the magazine

For E-Magazine –Aug’16 E Magazine

Slokas of this month – Aug’16 Slokas

With Pranams,

Team – VoiceOfJagadGuru

August 16, 2016

Meaning of AvaniAvittam MahaSankalpam Audio (Tamil)

Meaning of AvaniAvittam MahaSankalpam mp3 file .

Above is Maha Sankalpam for Yajur Veda Upakarmaa – from SrisrisriMusiri Maamaa’s son Vajpeyayaaji Shrimaan Yegnappa of MUSIRI.

ஹர ஹர சங்கர ஜெய ஜெய சங்கர| ஹர ஹர சங்கர காமகோடி சங்கர|

Credits : Vajpeyayaaji Shrimaan Yegnappa of MUSIRI and Ganesh Raghu , Houston.

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Why is a day allotted separately as ‘Gayatri Japa’ ?

“When we chant Gayatri as part of Sandhyavandanam every day, why is a day allotted separately as ‘Gayatri Japa’ day for chanting it again?” A valid doubt.

A question I was asked once about the chanting of Gayatri come to my mind. “When we chant Gayatri as part of Sandhyavandanam every day, why is a day allotted separately as ‘Gayatri Japa’ day for chanting it again?” A valid doubt.

But the question was followed by an admission which became the answer to the question itself! “Of course we look forward to this day every year and perform the japa with great enthusiasm and much devotion, and when I was a brahmachari I used to do the Gayatri homa as well with great care”. So what makes this day so special? What gives us that inexplicable joy when we do Gayatri Japa?

Generally the Gayatri Japa day comes the day after ‘Sravana Pournami’. It is the same day for all the Veda branches, though the day of Avani Avittam is different for different Vedas. On this day, ‘Sahasra Gayatri japa’ i.e. chanting of Gayatri 1,008 times has to be performed without fail. The sankalpa that precedes Gayatri Japa, which comprises Mityaadeeta praayaschitta, Apadaneeya dosha praayaschitta and Samvatsara praayaschitta gives you an idea of the importance given to the Sahasra Gayatri Japa.

Mityaadeeta praayaschitta is considered the most significant among these, and seeks forgiveness for our omissions, errors, mispronunciations and tonal lapses in the chanting of mantras on different occasions during the entire year. With this praayaschitta the Brahmacharis also seek pardon for other transgressions if any from the Brahmacharya vrat.

This is what you do when you chant “Mityaadeeta praayaschittaartham sahasra Gayatri maha mantra japam karishyae” during the sankalpam on this ‘Gayatri Japam’ Day.

If we go strictly by the rule, all of us – not only Brahmacharis but even grhasthas – are supposed to do Gayatri homa, with 1,008 samit’s offered to the Agni at the rate of one samit per chant. Over time the custom has changed and the current practice is that homa is done by Brahmacharis only.

One is not supposed to eat till the Japa is completed. After completing the Japa, doing the Madhyahnikam and Brahma Yagna, one can partake of lunch.

It can be averred with authority that if everyone required to do Gayatri japa does it diligently with pavitra on their finger and chant the mantra as it should be done i.e. in five distinct sections within the mind and without moving the lips and tongue, the benefit to the person as well as to the community at large will be immense.

Let us remember the definition of Gayatri: “gaayantam traayata iti Gayatri” meaning “that which protects the singer, one who chants, is Gayatri”.

The Gayatri Japa comes this year, Manmata varusham, on 30th August. I hope we all use this wonderful opportunity to perform the Gayatri Japa sincerely and pay homage to our Rishis, our Vedas and to Paramatma.

Sarma Sastrigal


Hari Ramasubbu

August 6, 2016


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August 5, 2016

Sraavana Purnima – Purpose of Upakarma Read Later

Sraavana Purnima – Purpose of Upakarma

  • by Siva Subramanyan
  • Aug. 5, 2016
  • 2 min read


Sri Chandramoulisvaraya Namah:



Publication No. 24

This is the right name for it; not ‘Aavaniyavattam’. Though this is the right name, it does not convey the right meaning. We should call it ‘Aavani Purnima’; nay, even this is incorrect. We should in fact call it ‘Sraavana Purnima’. Followers of Aapasthambha sutra should perform a karma called ‘Upakarma’ on the day of Purnima in the lunar month of Sraavana, if there are no blemishes on that day. Sraavana Purnima generally is found to occur on the day of Avittam star in the solar month of Aavani. Hence that day is referred to as Aavani Avittam, further twisted in spoken parlance to ‘Aavaniyavattam’.

This same Upakarma should be performed by Rigvedis on the day of Sravana (Tiruvonam) star in the lunar month of Sraavana and by Samavedis on the day of Hastha star in the lunar month of Bhadrapada, which comes next to Sraavana.

What is the purpose of Upakarma?

The purpose of performing any karma will be known if we note the Sankalpa uttered by the Upadhyaya during that karma. When he utters Sankalpa, we should ask him for the meaning of the Sankalpa. Only then he will at least show interest in learning the meaning himself. Rigvedis’ sankalpa is as follows:

“Adhitanam chandasam ayatayamatvaya adhyayana viryavattartham”

Import of this: That which is not ‘yatayamam’ is ‘ayatayamam’. What is ‘yatayamam’? Even in Bhagavadgita, we come across “Yatayamam gatarasam puti paryushitam cha yat”. One yamam means three hours. Food loses its efficacy after three hours after cooking. Based on this, the term ‘yatayamam’ is used to denote objects which have become useless with time. For food it is three hours; similarly various materials have different limiting times upto which they are useful. If these time limits are crossed, their efficacy diminishes. Same with Vedas. After Upanayanam, study of Vedas commences on the first Aavani Avittam day. Utsarjana karma is done in the following Pushya (Thai) month, study of Vedas is halted and in the next six months, as much as possible of the six Vedangas, viz. Siksha, Vyakarana, Chandas, Niruktam, Jyotisham and Kalpasutram is studied. Then in the Sraavana month of the following year, on the day of Upakarma, Upakarma is performed and study of Veda mantras is commenced again. This karma of starting study of Vedas is known as Upakarma. Only if Upakarma is performed in this manner, will the meagre store of Veda mantra with us have power. If not, it will become ‘yatayama’ like the food described in Bhagavadgita.

If at least the Gayatri mantra which is with us is to have power, we must perform the karma of Upakarma without mistakes in mantra and with understanding of meaning. Only because Upakarma is not performed with sincerity, some karmas done these days become useless owing to loss of power of mantras. Hence Upakarma should certainly be performed.

If we are to commence uttering a mantra, it will bear fruit only if we worship the Rishis and Devatas who gave us that mantra at the beginning and receive their blessings. Their power of Tapas (austerity) will accrue to us through that mantra. There are three ways of worshipping them. One is invoking them in an object (kurcha of darbha, purna kumbha, lemon, betelnut fruit or lump of clay) and worshipping them with sixteen specified upacharas. The second method is doing ‘Tarpanam’ with water for those Rishis. The third method, more powerful than the previous two, is to perform ‘Homam’ in Agnimukham for them.

Hence during Aavani Avittam, we should arrange for an additional Upadhyaya to explain to Grihasthas during the progress of Homam the Rishi or Devata for whom oblations are being given in Agni by the main Upadhyaya.

More important action required:

On a Sunday prior to Aavani Avittam Grihasthas should assemble in a place and learn as far as possible from knowledgeable Upadhyayas the Upakarma procedures properly and completely with meaning and intent; on the day of Upakarma, they should observe those procedures without forgetting the meaning.

August 2, 2016

Avani avittam Mantras and Varalakshmi Vratham mantras (2016) – IN Tamil


Yajur upAkarma and Varalakshmi vratam mantras pdf.


Hari Ramasubbu