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upanayana

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

According to the tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra, one of the most important saṃskāras for a male belonging to one of the three higher varṇas. Most immediately, it...

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upanayana

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

According to the tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra, one of the most important saṃskāras for a male belonging to one of the three higher varṇas. Most immediately, it...

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upanayana

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 415 words.

According to the tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra, one of the most important saṃskāras for a male

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Upanayana

John Bowker.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

January 2000; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies. 195 words.

Sometimes called ‘the thread ceremony’, or ‘sacred thread’ ceremony, this is one of the most important rites of passage in

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sacred thread

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 234 words.

A ‘sacrificial’ cord with which males of the first three varṇa are invested at upanayana. The thin, knotted cord

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dvija

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 36 words.

1 An Āryan male belonging to one of the three higher varnas who has been ‘born again’ through taking upanayana

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dvija

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1 An Āryan male belonging to one of the three higher varnas who has been ‘born again’ through taking upanayana—initiation into the Veda and Vedic ritual.

2null...

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The Thread of Life

Arthur J. Magida.

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

October 2006; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religious Studies. 4997 words.

This chapter explores the Hindu rite of passage upanayana, or the sacred thread ceremony as it has been celebrated in America, recounting the ceremony of Ajay Kumar, who lived in Lanham—a...

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Gṛhyasūtra

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c.800–300 bce)

A category of late Vedic texts, classified as belonging to the Kalpasūtra literature of the Vedāṅga (and therefore as smṛti), which deals with the...

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<i>Vedamlo</i>, “Living in the Veda”

David M. Knipe.

in Vedic Voices

April 2015; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Hinduism. 9463 words.

The chapter describes essentials of life “in Veda” (Telugu vedamlo) and beginning with progress of a brahmacarin student in textual and ritual preparation for a career as a Veda pandit. It...

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sacred thread

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A ‘sacrificial’ cord with which males of the first three varṇa are invested at upanayana. The thin, knotted cord is passed over the head, and is thereafter normally worn suspended over the...

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yajamāna

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(lit. ‘sacrificing on his own behalf’)

The patron or sponsor of the Brahmanical śrauta sacrifice (yajña), usually referred to as the ‘sacrificer’. The minimum qualification for a...

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dīkṣa

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A consecration undergone by an individual that both marks and facilitates the passage from one state of being, or stage of life, to another. Underlying this is the understanding that the...

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Calendar

Klaus Klostermaier.

in Hinduism

P ublished online March 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 6110 words.

The Indian name of the Hindu calendar is Pañcāngam (“five limbs”). It is of utmost practical importance for Hindus to determine the right time for the performance of vratas (vows) and the...

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śrauta

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In Vedic or Brahmanical religion, an adjective applied to a person, practice, or text ‘related or adhering to the ritual actions enjoined in śruti’ (i.e. the Veda). It therefore refers to...

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Advaita Vedānta

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One of the major theological cum philosophical schools of the Vedānta darśana, now closely associated with the teachings of Śaṅkara (Śaṅkarācārya). The earliest identifiable Advaita text,...

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