What do the three strands of the sacred thread represent?
Every human being is born a Shūdra, that is he just learns how to clean himself physically. However, by performing rites (karma) he is reborn (dvij). ‘Dvi’ means two, that is second time and ‘j’ means to be born. Since due to the thread ceremony the boy has a kind of rebirth he is said to become twice born (dvij). The second birth of a celibate (brahmachārī) is marked by the rite of the thread ceremony. It is symbolized by wearing a girdle of munja grass. In this birth, Savitri is supposed to be his mother and Āchārya (the teacher) his father. (Manusmruti 2.170). Once he becomes twice born he becomes worthy of chanting the Gāyatrī-mantra, that is qualified to do spiritual practice; hence performing the thread ceremony is a must, while marriage is not. Click here to read more about What do the three strands of the sacred thread represent?
- 1. Definition and synonyms
- 2. The objectives
- 3. Who qualifies for this rite?
- 4. Preparations
- 5. The resolve (sankalpa) of the boy undergoing the thread ceremony (batu)
- 6. The resolve of the one performing the thread ceremony
- 7. Installation of the Deity of the pandal (Mandap-dēvatā-pratishthā)
- 8. Shaving the head, bathing and tying a string of flowers across the boy’s brow (mundavalya)
- 9. Gifts from the family
- 10. The ritual of installation of the pot to denote the auspicious time (muhūrtghatikāsthapana)
- 11. Eating with the mother (Matrubhojan)
- 12.Performing the thread ceremony
- 13. Wearing a loin cloth and new clothing (Langoti va Vastradhāranā)
- 14. Wearing the hide of a deer (Ajindhāranā)
- 15. Wearing the sacred thread (Yadnyopavitdhāranā)
- 16. The resolve of establishing discipleship (Avaksharan sankalpa)
- 17. Prayer to receive the Gayatri mantra (Upasthan mantragrahan)
- 18. Application of Holy ash (Vibhūtigrahan)
- 19.Tying of the girdle (Mekhalabandhan)
- 20. The ritual of holding the staff (Dandadhāranā vidhi)
- 21. The code of conduct preached by the priest (Acharbodh) and the vowed religious observances to be followed by the boy undergoing the thread ceremony (Batuvrat)
- 22. Asking for alms (Bhikshagrahan)
- 23. The ritual of generation of spiritual intellect (Medhajanan)
- 24. Farewell to the Deity of the pandal (Mandapdevakotthapan)
- 25. Comparative importance of various rituals in the sanskar of thread ceremony (Upanayan)
- 26. Nivit (A mode of wearing the sacred thread)
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