With many traditions followed in Hinduism, Janeu Sanskar (Upanayana) is one of the most significant ones, even before marriage. It is the 10th sanskar described in ancient Sanatan Hindu Dharma. In this ceremony, the boy is made to wear a sacred white thread (Janeu) with various rituals. Various casts like Brahmins and Kshatriyas perform this Sanskar. The word 'Upanayana' consists of two words; ‘Up” means near and ‘Nayana” means vision. Hence, this literary means keeping ourselves away from darkness (state of ignorance) and getting towards light (spiritual knowledge). Thus, it is one of the most famous and sacred rituals.
Normally, castes like Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas also hold a threading ceremony for the groom before his wedding. The ceremony is also known as Yagnopavitra.
What are the dates and muhurats for Janeu Sanskar 2020?
Below list consists of the Janeu (Upanayana) Sanskar 2020 dates and muhurats:
|January 15||Wednesday||Magha K. Panchami||Uttara Phalguni||07:15 to 12:10|
|January 27||Monday||Magha S. Tritiya||Shatabhisha||07:12 to 14:37|
|January 29||Wednesday||Magha S. Chaturthi||Purva Bhadrapada||10:46 to 14:29|
|January 30||Thursday||Magha S. Panchami||Uttara Bhadrapada||07:11 to 13:20|
|February 26||Wednesday||Phalgun S. Tritiya||Uttara Bhadrapada||06:50 to 14:53|
|February 28||Friday||Phalgun S. Panchami||Ashwini||06:48 to 14:45|
|March 11||Wednesday||Chaitra K. Dwitiya||Hasta||11:42 to 13:58|
|March 13||Friday||Chaitra K. Chaturthi||Swati||08:51 to 13:50|
|March 26||Thursday||Chaitra S. Dwitiya||Revati||06:18 to 15:20|
|April 3 ||Friday||Chaitra S. Dashami||Pushya||06:09 to 13:57|
|April 9||Thursday||Vaisakha K. Dwitiya||Swati||06:02 to 14:23|
|April 26 ||Sunday||Vaisakha S. Tritiya||Rohini||05:45 to 13:23|
|May 3||Sunday||Vaisakha S. Dashami||Purva Phalguni||05:39 to 12:08|
|May 4 ||Monday||Vaisakha S. Ekadashi||Uttara Phalguni||06:13 to 15:04|
|May 25||Monday||Jyeshtha S. Tritiya||Revati||07:54 to 15:57|
|May 27||Wednesday||Jyeshtha S. Panchami||Punarvasu||07:28 to 15:49|
What is the importance of conducting the Janeu ceremony?
Hindu religion holds a strong place for every tradition or custom followed in it. With Janeu ceremony, a boy rises from his childhood to adolescence. To mark this advancement, the priest ties a sacred thread (Janeu) above the boy’s left shoulder and under the right arm. This Janeu is an interknit of streams of 3 threads.
According to astrology, a person who wears the Janeu gets blessings of the nine planets (navagraha). This is because of the 9 strings used in the streams of threads in Janeu. These 9 strings symbolize the 9 planets of Vedic astrology: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu, and Ketu. These 9 planets impact various areas in one’s life.
So, this ceremony holds a deep significance.
How should one perform Upanayana Sanskar vidhi?
Before starting the Janeu Sanskar, the hair on a child’s head is shaved off (Mundan). On the Janeu (Upanayana) muhurat day, the boy bathes first. Then sandalwood paste is applied on his head and body after which, the family members start the Havan preparations. The child then offers worship to Lord Ganesha and performs Yagya in his underclothings. Chanting of Gayatri Mantra 10,000 times is done to call on the Gods and Goddesses. The boy then takes a vow to follow the teachings of Shastras and observing fasts. After this, he eats Churma with other boys of his age and again takes a bath. A guide, father, or any other elder member of the family recites the Gayatri Mantra in front of the child and tells him “You are a Brahmin from today.” Then they give him a danda (stick) and tie the Mekhala and Kandora on him. This newly-anointed Brahmin then asks for Bhiksha (asking for food in alms) from the people around. As part of the custom, the child runs away from home post-dinner as he is going to Kashi for studies. Soon later, people go and bring him back by bribing him in the name of the wedding. The rituals are completed this way.
Rules to be followed while performing the Janeu Sanskar ritual
- One should organize a Yagna in the Upanayana muhurat on the day of Janeu Sanskar.
- The boy (for whom the ceremony is held) should sit to perform the Yagna with his family.
- On this day, the boy should wear unstitched clothes and hold a stick (danda) in his hand.
- He should wear a yellow fabric around his neck and khadau in his feet.
- During Mundan, only one braid should be left.
- The Janeu should be colored yellow and the boy should wear it with Guru Deeksha (ordination).
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