VideoPuja.com cordially invites you all to join us in the zoom meeting being conducted by our senior priest Sri Jayarama Sharma Sastrigal along with his team of priests to perform our annual virtual “AVANI AVITTAM” and for the “THALAI AVANI AVITTAM” function. This is one of the most auspicious ceremony of changing the sacred thread “POONAL” to all our South Indian Families living across USA, Canada, UK, Australia and across the world. Homam will be performed by the Vadhyar at his place of worship.
Avani Avittam’ - ‘avittam’ star day in the Tamil month of ‘Avani’ - is the day when every year the sacred thread, or poonal, is changed. More accurately, the ceremony is performed on the poornima day in the month of Sravana, or Tamil ‘avani’ (or of ‘aadi’ in some years) and is called ‘upakarma’. Upakarma is a Sanskrit word (Upa + Karma). Literally Upa means “before” and Karma means an “action”. Upakarma means an action performed before beginning the Vedic studies. Upa also refers to nearness or close touch with Upanishads (Vedas). In simple terms Upakarma refers to changing of sacred (Holy) thread called Yagnopaveetham on this day by the three varnas (Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vysyas). Upakarma consists of a number of ceremonies and the more important ones are:
- Kamokarsheet Japam
- Maha sankalpam
- Yagyopaveeda Dharanam
- Gayathri Japam
There are two start times for this event in August 2020; please join the corresponding time that suits your timezone and convenience.
- Timing of Upakarma: Monday August 3rd - 2000 hrs to 2130 hrs IST
- Thalai Avaniavittam: Tuesday August 4th - 2000 hrs to 2130 hrs IST
- Timing of Upakarma: Monday August 3rd - 0830 hrs to 1000 hrs IST
- Gayatri Mantram: Tuesday August 4th - 0800 hrs to 9000 hrs IST
- Thalai Avaniavittam: Tuesday August 4th - 0900 hrs to 1000 hrs IST
Cost of Puja
- One day Monday August 3rd : 15 USD per person.
- Two days Monday 3rd and Tuesday August 4th: 25 USD per person.
This ceremony will be performed by our senior priest Sri Jayarama Sharma Sastrigal who is a very experienced and passionate priest performing pujas, vratham, ceremonies, pariharams and ancestor rituals in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. You may read his complete profile here.
Have questions? Reach us at 202-VDO-PUJA / firstname.lastname@example.org.