Gayathri Japam in 2023
What is Gayathri Japam?
Gayatri Japam day is linked with Upakarma day and it is observed on the next of Shravani Upakarma day.
The young students of Veda begin their learning with the ritual of Upakarma. The sacred thread is adorned with the chanting of Vedic Mantra on the auspicious day of Shravana Purnima. The sacred thread is known as Janeu, Yajnopavita and Jandhyam.
On the next day of Upakarma ritual, the wearer of the sacred thread repeats Gayatri Mantra several times preferably in the morning. The repeatedly chanting of Gayatri Mantra, usually 108 and 1008 times, is known as Gayatri Japam. Gayatri Japam is more popular is South Indian Brahmins.
Gayatri Japam day is also known as Gayatri Pratipada or Gayatri Padyami in Andhra and Telangana regions.
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