This article on ANAVIL BRAHMINS is taken from the 1996 Diwali issue of the popular Gujarati Magazine ABHIYAN. It describes the nature of Anavils. It also gives history of some prominent Anavils. The title of this Article is ANAVIL BRAHMINO – MAKKAMTANU BEEJU NAAM. It’s written by Sanjay Shah. We are grateful to the management of ABHIYAN for this article.
SACRED THREAD CEREMONY
What we in Gujarat call “Janoi” is derived from the Sanskrit words “Upnayan” or “Yagnopavit”.
Yagnopavit is a joint word made of two fragments – Yagna and Upvitam. Yagna means a sacrificial ceremony and Upvitam means sacred thread. Therefore, Yagnopavit is a ceremony where sacrifices are pledged and a sacred thread is worn as a reminder of that pledge.
By Jayendra Desai. Mississauga, Ontario. CANADA
HINDU RITUALS AND ROUTINES
This is a good educational article for young and mature audience. Ever wondered
Why do we fast?
Why do we have Prayer Room?
Why do we light a lamp?
Why do we do Aarti?
Why do we prostrate before Parents and Elders? and so on?