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Upākarma also called as "Avani Avittam" is an important ritual associated with the Brahmin community. This is an important festival for brahmin gents. The day is of great significance to Rig, Yajur, Sama Vedic Brahmins. On this day, the sacred thread (Poonool) worn by the men/boys is changed chanting mantras. The old poonal is also removed by chanting some manthras. After the gents change their sacred thread (poonal), ladies at home take aarathi and invite them into the home. On the next day, "Gayatri Japam" is observed. The first 'Avani Avittam' after the 'Upanayanam' is called as "Thalai Avani Avittam". You can ask the priests of your family about the significance of "Upākarma/Avaniavittam" or google for it.
Click here to view the sankalpam for this year (2016) in english and tamil.
Click here to download PDF and Audio files (2016).
Avani avittam menu and recipes are as under: Please click the name of recipes for the link. Onion and garlic should be avoided.
Tanjore style appam
Sadham(rice), Nei(ghee), paruppu,
Mor kozhambu or Sambhar,
Vadaam or appalam(fried),
Vadai or thayir vadai,
Palaharam. Any light tiffin.