Yajurveda Upakarma : The study of Veda
As per the Hindu, mythological books there are various Vedas and every Veda has some particular procedure and rituals that can help the society perform various tasks. The Yajurveda is considered as the second most important veda out of four vedas and hence, there are a number of religious rituals and processes are mentioned in it. The Upakarma is also one of such procedure. The word Upakarma means beginning and Yajurveda Upakarma means the beginning of the study of Yajur Veda. In earlier times Brahmins could learn Veda only during the period of mid August to mid January. The other months you need to focus on other branches of shastras. But this took too much time just to learn one Veda. This was found impractical and today you can continue the study of Veda all throughout the year. This day is mainly observed during the month of Shravanna on a full moon day. This day is special to Brahmins belonging to Yajurveda. This year Yajurveda Upakarma was celebrated on 29th August 2015.In Tamil Nadu, Upakarma is also known as Avani Avittam.
Significance of Yajurveda Upakarma
This day is celebrated by the male member of the family. Mainly this day is dedicated to give thanks and offering to the rishis who handed over them these Vedas that can show the light of the life to the reader as well as the follower. They are these rishis, which revealed Vedic mantras to the Brahmins. These rishis are also known as kaanda rishis. The main puja or homam is offered to the rishis. These prayers are very important and therefore they have become a part of everyday worship in all Yajur Brahmin household. Men of the family go to the temple early morning and take a holy dip before commencing Upakarma.