Members of the Brahmin community performed Upakarma, the annual ritual of changing the sacred thread (Yagnopaveetham) in city this morning. The rituals started as early as 7 am in the morning and ended at around 9 am. Various temples across the city had made special arrangements for the mass Upakarma programmes.

Mass Upakarma was performed at Trineshwara Swamy temple inside the Mysore Palace premises, Maharaja Sanskrit College on Sayyaji Rao Road, Shankar Mutt in Fort Mohalla, Amrutheshwara Temple on Dewan’s Road, Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple at Vijayanagar 1st Stage and other temples in city.

While many were seen performing the rituals at temples, others performed the rituals at their homes.

Member of the Brahmin community following Rig Veda and Yajur Veda performed the Upakarma under the guidance of a head priest.

Upakarma is performed by Brahmins every year. On this day, Prayaschitham (atonement) is sought on two counts, to pardon the sin of learning Vedas in the prohibited period of the year and also seek forgiveness for the sins committed during the year past.

The day also witnesses homas being performed Yajurvedis, followers of Yajurveda.

Then the Chief Rishis of Yajurveda called Kandarshis are thanked by offering tarpana and a homa is performed to offer them ahutis of ghee.

On the next day, Gayatri mantra is chanted 1008 times that marks the end of the Upakarma ritual.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore