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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AVANI AVITTAM (UPAKARMA) / AVANI AVITTAM (UPAKARMA) SPECIAL RECIPES

AVANI AVITTAM (UPAKARMA), AVANI AVITTAM (UPAKARMA) SPECIAL RECIPES
                                           
Picture courtesy: http://vedabhavan.org

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.

For breakfast:
Appam (neiyappam)
Tanjore style appam
Idli

For lunch:
Sadham(rice)Nei(ghee), paruppu,
Poli 
Mor kozhambu or Sambhar
Paruppu usili
Kari amudhu(poriyal)
Kootu
Thayirpachadi
Kosumari
Vadaam or appalam(fried), 
Vadai or thayir vadai, 
Saathamudhu(Rasam)
Tirukannan amudhu(payasam)
Thayir (curd),
Oorugaai(pickle).

For dinner:
Palaharam. Any light tiffin.

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