Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Avani Avittam Festival (பூணுல் மாற்றுவது)
Avani Avittam or Aavani Avittam is one of the most famous South Indian festivals celebrated in the southern states of India such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa and Maharashtra. Also known as Upakarma or Yagnopaveetha Dhaarana, Avani Avittam Festival is followed mainly by the Brahmin community. It falls during the Tamil month of Aadi (mid July-mid August) or Avani (mid August - mid September) on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar.
In North Indians Aavani Avittam is celebrated as Rakshabhandan (Raksha Bhandan) and a Rakhi is tied round the wrist of brothers by the sisters. This day is said to be the day when Lord Vishnu took his incarnation as Lord Hayagriva who protected the Vedas. There are four different Vedas and the Avani Avittam is performed in different ways by the followers
.Remove the old poonals and break them to pieces by reciting.
.Gaayathri japam is must/ (Gayathri Japam is recited on the next day after an early bath.)
these all do in all hindu brahmin's houses