Avani Avittam (Upakarma)
Avani Avittam is a most important ritual for Brahmins. It is a ceremony of changing the sacred thread (poonal). I have been told by my father that the right name for this ritual is Upakarma and over a period of time it gets a name “Avani Avittam”. It has been observed on different date by different brahmin communities. The dates for this year are given below
Dates of Avani Avittam in 2020:
Even for the younger boy kids, the brahmins will put the sacred poonal which they call as “kalla poonal”. First avani avittam after the sacred thread ceremony(Upanayanam) is called as “Tala Avani Avittam” and for this occassion, for homam, we use jaggery payiru sundal and appam for neivedhyam.
For Married gents, the same will follow except “samitha-danam”. Since the gents do Rishitharpanam on that day, we have to have light tiffen for the dinner. After the gents change their sacred thread (poonal), we have to take aarathi and invite them into our home.As per tradition, those who has wear poonal has to chant “Gayathri Mantram” 144 times daily during morning, afternoon and evening. Chanting “Gayathri Mantram” removes our sorrow and make us healthier. But nowadays due to the busy schedule, gents are not able chant the mantra for 144 times.
The next day we call as “Gayathri Japam”. On that day, the gents who got their Poonal changed on Avani Avittam should take bath in the morning and should chant “Gayathri Mantram” 1008 times. We need to make Payasam on Gayathri Japam day.
Avani Avittam Recipes:
|Menu 1||Menu 2|
|Kuzhambu||Moor Kuzhambu||Araithuvitta Sambar|
|Pachadi||Cucumbar Thayir Pachadi||Tomato Thayir Pachadi|
|Poriyal||Vazhakkai Podimas||Kothavarangai Paruppu Usuli|
|Koottu||Kathirikkai Pitlai (Brinjal Pitlai)||Aviyal|
|Rasam||Paruppu Rasam||Lemon Rasam|
|Payasam||Moongdal Paysam||Milk Payasam|
|Vadai||Medhu Vadai||Paruppu Vadai|
|Sweet||Sweet Poli||Purana Poli|
|Appalam||Fried Appalam||Fried Pappodam|