Gayatri Japam 2017 procedure Tamil Sanskrit English


In 2017 Gayatri Mantra Japam is on Tuesday, 08 August, one day after the Rg and Yajur Upakarma or Avani Avittam on 07 Aug.  The Sama Upakarma occurs later.  But the Gayathri Japam is on the same day for all 3 vedis.
  • Before we go further, please do not request access to earlier years’ files or documents.
  • We update or correct any typos and other errors every year, and an older document will surely have those errors present.  To put it in today’s terms, the latest version has lot of bug fixes.
  • And the documents have been created on FOSS - LibreOffice 5.4.  The font used is the Google Font Noto Sans family.  If you find difficulty, you can download it from fonts.google.com
Though it is usual practice to include the Gayatri Japa Sankalpam within the printed leaflet, as a paragraph, we choose not to do it.

For long, we have been treating Gayathri Manthra Japam as an addendum of the Upakarma or Avani Avittam.  In truth, Gayatri Mantra Japam is something special on its own.

Please do read important tips for observing Avani Avittam here, and for Gayatri Japam here and here.
A full Gayathri Japam is not just a two line sankalpam alone, but consists of:
  1. ஆசமனம், த்யானம், ப்ராணாயாமம் (आचमनम्, प्राणायामम्)
  2. ஸங்கல்பம் (संकल्प:))
  3. ப்ரணவஜபம், ப்ராணாயாமம் (प्रणवजप:-प्राणायाम:)
  4. காயத்ரி ஆவாஹனம் (गायत्री-आवाहनम्)
  5. காயத்ரி நியாஸம் (गायत्री-न्यासः)
  6. காயத்ரி ஜபம் (गायत्री-जपम्)
  7. ப்ராணாயாமம், காயத்ரி-உபஸ்தானம் (गायत्री-उपस्थानम्)
  8. ஸூர்ய-உபஸ்தானம் (सूर्य-उपस्थानम्)
  9. ப்ரஹ்மார்பணம், ஆசமனம் (ब्रह्मार्पणम)
Also note a couple of points:
  • A proper 108 Gayatri recital would take about 25 minutes and a 1008 recital upto 3.5 hours or more.
  • The procedure given only details the Gayathri Mantra Japam, and does *not* include the procedure for Gayatri Japam as SamithaDhaan.  That procedure is completely different.  Do not confuse between the two.
Now, we are happy to make available the Gayatri Japam 2017 procedure for Avani Avittam in Sanskrit and English scripts apart from Tamil.

Of course, the non-Tamil (and non-Keralite) people will have to amend the names of year-month as per their tradition – exactly one place in the Gayathri Japam.  But that is all there is to do.  Anyone can download it for free and use it.
The links are at
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There is no Google Form hindrance.
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Yajur Upakarma Avani Avittam 2017 procedure in Tamil, English Sanskrit


Avani Avittam (ஆவணி அவிட்டம்) or Upakarma in 2017 for Yajur and Rg Veda practitioners is on 07 August 2017, that is the coming Monday.   Unlike last year, this time around the 2 Upakarmas for Yajur, and Rig fall on the same date.
  • Before we go further, please do not request access to earlier years’ files or documents.
  • We update or correct any typos and other errors every year, and an older document will surely have those errors present.  To put it in today’s terms, the latest version has lot of bug fixes.
  • And the documents have been created on FOSS - LibreOffice 5.4.  The font used is the Google Font Noto Sans family.  If you find difficulty, you can download it from fonts.google.com
However, the Gayathri Mantra Japam is to be performed by all the 3 Veda practitioners on 08 Aug 2017, one day after the Rg, and Yajur Veda Upakarma.

We have already uploaded the Gayathri Japam procedure in Tamil, Sanskrit and English.  Now here is the Yajur Upakarma or Avani Avittam 2017 procedure in Tamil, Sanksrit and Englsh as PDF file for free download.

Unlike last year, they are completely free download, without any Google Form interference.  The reason is that GForm use restricts it to 100 downloads a day which restrict people.  This year the formatting has been modified for even easier use.
The Rig Upakarma procedure will be uploaded a short time later.
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The Yajur Upakarma procedure in Tamil, Sanskrit or English as PDF file is available for free at:
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Varalakshmi Vratham 2017 procedure in Tamil free PDF download


The Wikipedia states Varalakshmi Vratam (வரலக்ஷ்மி வ்ரதம்) is a festival to propitiate the goddess Lakshmi, in her form of the boon giver – the name ‘Vara-Lakshmi’ literally means ‘boon (granting) Lakshmi’.  The pooja is practiced by many women in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.  A main feature of this pooja is that is performed by womenfolk, and the 9 knotted yellow thread (சரடு) which the women folk wear on their right hand after the pooja.  If nothing else, it looks … divine. ;-)

In 2017, the Varalakshmi Vratam occurs on the coming Friday, 04 August 2017.  Like last year, we are listing out the complete procedure for the Varalakshmi Vratam Pooja in Tamil as a PDF file, for free download. 

Aspects which differ like
  • using only the kalasam;
  • kalasam accompanied by a photo;
  • kalasam accompanied by a idol face;
  • placing the kalasam at Isaniya (North East) or Agni (South East) sides;
  • placing the kalasam at the usual Pooja room;
  • filling the kalasam with rice or water; et al,
depend on the family customs and procedure and hence are not elaborated on.  Like so many things in Hinduism, Varalakshmi Vratam has also slight variations, from people to people.

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The full 6 page digitally signed, encrypted PDF file ‘Varalakshmi Vratam 2017 can be downloaded for free from the:
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Roger Moore The Stirring Shaken Saint


My first Bond has passed away – yes, Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at 89, yesterday.  My first James Bond film was The Man with the Golden Gun – starring Moore, the funny Clifton James as Sheriff J.W. Pepper and the incomparable Sir Christopher Lee as Scaramanga.  And all 3 are gone within two years of each other.

First Sir Christopher Lee, the actual Man with the Golden Gun, shot his bolt on 07 June 2015.  Then Clifton James, the Sheriff went away on his eternal patrol on 15 April 2017.  And yesterday, Sir Roger Moore, has gone to take his place as the Saint.

To my father, who watched both Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond, Connery was the Bond.  To me, there are actually 3 different characters.  There is the 007, Mr. Bond, and James.  Even though I did not like Timothy Dalton’s portrayal of 007, like many others at that time, watching the Bond movies once again has changed my mind.

Hence, to me,
  • Timothy Dalton, with his serious, darker portrayal, will be the 007 – the cold, hard assassin as envisaged by Ian Fleming.
  • Daniel Craig with his superb athletic, physical action, will be the Bond,
  • While Roger Moore who played it as a light hearted character, will be the James.
As to other things, Roger Moore’s Bond, is the one which must have used most gadgets, and in often startling scenes.  The submersible car emerging out of the sea, the hover car driving on Venice roads, or the non-gadget, but equally bizarre hop, skip, and jump on the crocodile heads.  No other Bond could have done the crocodile head stunt, and carry the audience with him.

So, RIP Sir Roger Moore.  Thank you for all the Bonds, the Saints, and the later work with UNICEF.  And yes, for the Safari Suits too - which became a craze in India, in the 80s and early 90s.

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Spotting a Suvega Moped or a Motobécane Mobylette


Today morning while walking around in an area which I do not frequent too often, I came across some old two wheelers – motorbikes, scooters, and a moped – rusting away.  The motorbikes, scooter and scooterettes were not of much interest, as they were of fairly recent models.  They all were made during the last 20 years or so, and abandoned as their owners probably upgraded after running them down.

But what caught my attention was the old Suvega moped, the first ever moped to be manufactured in India.  From around 1965 or so till the late 80s, the Indian Suvega, the original of which is the licenced model of the popular Motobécane Mobylette of France, ruled the roost.  I rode my first every motorized two wheeler on one such Suvega in the early 80s.

And an experience never to forget.  The unique feature of those old mopeds was that you had to pedal them like a bicycle to get them started – there was no kick starter. One hot summer day, around 2 kilometres from my home, the Suvega I had gone on a joyride broke down and refused to start.  One very advertised advantage – not actually one, but probably would be of use in those days – of the Mobylette-Suvega was that you can flip a lever / remove a nut in its main drive chain, disconnect the engine and just pedal it like bicycle (being so long ago, don’t exactly remember it, but the approximate location is marked with a circle and an arrow near the pedal).

It was not true, as without a true flywheel and gear arrangement, it could not be driven as easily as a bicycle.  The intention was to flip the lever and make the Mobylette-Suvega easy to push around.  But believing that it can be pedal-driven like a bicycle, it was a huffing, puffing, sweaty, almost a breakdown incident, in that hot summer.

Not easily forgotten.  But the Mobylette-Suvega was one of the most robust, trusted moped even on Indian roads.  Till it folded down, the Mobylette-Suvega, with just a 49cc engine, used to dominate the under 50cc races at the Sholavaram race track. The advent of the TVS-50, especially the later 80s model with kick start put paid to Mobylette-Suvega in Indian roads.  But nice to see one around – that too with the round plastic holder near the front wheel where the road tax copy used to be placed (marked with a yellow circle) almost intact.

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Rajkumar 88th birthday Doodle


Of late, Google has really gone crazy.  For one, my Legacy GSuite is locked up, refusing me access to open and modify, recode the Google Forms, Docs, and Sheets to distribute public information.  Then there are complaints on G+ that there are quirks, and posts and streams do not appear or randomly disappear.  Google, is dragging its arse, if not doing its job – in a way they have become worse than Microsoft.

But the cream of the cake was yesterday’s Doodle.  In ‘honour’ of Kannada language movie star Rajkumar of yesteryears.  That too why? Not for his centenary of birth or death or other such milestone, but on his 88th Birth Anniversary.  Of all the things one could have doodled about, Rajkumar’s 88th birth anniversary is important enough for a Doodle? 

Though the reverence for the veteran actor is such in his home state Karnataka, which saw a situation of near political turmoil when Rajkumar was abducted by sandal smuggler, Veerappan in 2000, who was trying to negotiate the release of some of his men apprehended by authorities, is to be respected, does it deserve a doodle? Rajkumar was released after 108 days.

A Doodle on his 100th birth anniversary is understandable, but on his 88th birthday?  So what are they going to do on his 89th or 90th birthday? Wind up Google?

To my mind, one thing was missing – that of the above referenced Veerappan, who terrorized Karnataka and Tamil Nadu border reserve forests for close to 10 years and held Rajkumar hostage for more than 3 months.  So I put him in the doodle.

Have fun.  Enjoy the modified doodle, or if you think that the doodle was appropriate, put up your own doodle.

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