Rg Upakarma 2016 Avani Avittam Tamil Sankrit English

Rig Veda Upakarma occurs tomorrow, Wednesday, 17 August 2016, whereas the Yajur Upakarma is scheduled one day later on 18 August 2016.  So here is the Rig Upakarma Avani Avittam procedure 2016 as a PDF files.  For the first time, we are posting the Rg avani avittam procedure in Tamil, Sanskrit (Devanagari), and English (IAST) scripts.

A complete Rig Upakarma consists of the following: (How do you like the Sanskrit headings?)
  1. ப்ராத: ஸந்த்யா (प्रात: सन्ध्या) – (Not Included)
  2. ஸமிதாதானம் (समिदाधानम्) 
  3. வபநம் (वभनम्)
  4. ஸ்நானம் (स्नानम्)
  5. மாத்யான்நிகம் (माध्याह्निकम्) – (Not Included)
  6. Rig ப்ரஹ்மயக்யம் (ब्रह्मयग्यम्)
  7. மஹாஸங்கல்பம் (महासंकल्प:)
  8. ஸ்நானம் (स्नानम्)
  9. Savithyadhi தர்ப்பணம் (तर्पणम् )
  10. ஹோமம் (होम:)  - (Not Included)
  11. யஜ்ஞோபவீததாரணம் (यङ्ग्योपवीत-धारणम्)
  12. வேதாரம்பம் (वॆदारम्भ:)
  13. ஆசார்ய ஸம்பாவனை (आचार्य संभावना)
However, we will not be able to include all the procedures, for some are not possible to perform without a properly trained priest.  Other procedure like the Sandhyavandhanam are too generic to be included here.

So here is a snapshot of the Rg Upakarma procedure for 2016 in Tamil script.  Sanskrit and English texts also faithfully follow the same procedure.  The Yajur Upakarma and Gayathri Japam procedure (for 19 Aug 2016) have already been posted as free PDF downloads.


The Yajur Upakarma procedure in Tamil, Sanskrit or English as PDF file is available for free at:
Downloads page
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Yajur Upakarma Avani Avittam 2016 procedure in Tamil, English Sanskrit

Avani Avittam (ஆவணி அவிட்டம்) or Upakarma in 2016 for Yajur Veda practitioners is on 18 August 2016, that is day after tomorrow.   This year around too, the three Upakarmas for Yajur, Rig and Sama Vedas fall on 3 different dates.
  • The Yajur Upakarma or Avani Avittam (ஆவணி அவிட்டம்) occurs on 18 Aug 2016.
  • The Sama Veda Upakarma is as usual falls around the Ganesh Chaturthi day, on 04 Sep 2016, before Ganesh Chaturti.
  • The Rg Upakarma is scheduled on Thrusday, 17 August 2016, that is tomorrow.
However, the Gayathri Mantra Japam is to be performed by all the 3 Veda practitioners on 19 Aug 2016, one  after the Yajur Veda Upakarma.

We have already uploaded the Gayathri Japam procedure in Tamil here.  Now here is the Yajur Upakarma or Avani Avittam 2016 procedure in Tamil, Sanksrit and Englsh as PDF file for free download.

Just select which language you want in the download link (Google Form) :-D  This year the formatting has been modified for even easier use, and many spell errors corrected

The Rig Upakarma procedure will be uploaded later in the day.


The Yajur Upakarma procedure in Tamil, Sanskrit or English as PDF file is available for free at:
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Independence Day 2016 Rangoli

The 70th Independence Day, and a real tryst with destiny.  To celebrate this day, I decided to draw a Rangoli of the tricolour instead of the usual rice flour kolam at the entrance to my flat.

Since it was the very first attempt, and yet learning the in-and-outs, made a not so good job of it.  The household help who came later, patronizingly informed me that the dot markers are too close to each other.  I placed them about two inches apart, while she said it has to be another half-an-inch away from each other.  So the 2016 Independence Day rangoli did not come off as quite expected.

The other mistake was to place the green powder themselves for dot markers in the relevant stripe.  In the early morning half light, and approaching middle age (!), the eyes are not what they used to be.

So I leave it to your judgement.  Wish everyone a very happy Independence Day 2016 and Jai Hind.

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Gayathri Japam 2016 procedure Tamil Sanskrit English

In 2016 Gayathri Mantra Japam is on Wednesday, 19 August, one day after the Yajur Upakarma or Avani Avittam on 18 Aug, and two days after the Rig Upakarma on 17 Aug.  The Sama Upakarma is on 04 Sep 2016.  But the Gayathri Japam is on the same day for all 3 vedis.

Though it is usual practice to include the Gayathri Japa Sankalpam within that 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, Gayathri Mantra Japam is something special on its own.

Please do read important tips for observing Avani Avittam here, and
for Gayathri 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)
Please note a couple of points:
  • A proper 108 Gayathri 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 Gayathri Japam as SamithaDhaan.  That procedure is completely different.  Do not confuse between the two.
Now, we are happy to make available the Gayathri Japam 2016 procedure for Avani Avittam in Sanskrit and English scripts for those who cannot read 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 link at
Downloads page
will open up a Google Form, where you can select either Tamil, Sanskrit or English languages.  Or the same Google Form is appended below - you can use either.

Select the language by clicking the relevant 'Radio'choice button > click on 'Next'  > a section will open & display a goo.gl shortened download 'link' > click on the 'link'and the PDF file will open > download with the 'd/l button'or Çtrl+S' to save file.  Last, do not forget to click 'Submit'button on the form, so we can track number of downloads.

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Varalakshmi Vratham 2016 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 2016, the Varalakshmi Vratam occurs on the coming Friday, 12 August 2016.  Like last year, we are listing out the complete procedure for the Varalakshmi Vratam Pooja in Tamil as a PDF file, for free download.  The auspicious (& convenient) timings for the puja are 06:12 to 08:29 IST in the morning, and 19:10 to 20:37 IST in the evening.

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.

The full 6 page digitally signed, encrypted PDF file ‘Varalakshmi Vratam 2016) can be downloaded for free from the:

Downloads page.

PS: The Rig Upakarma & Yajur Upakarma procedures 2016 in Tamil (and likely in Sanskrit & English) will be uploaded this weekend.

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Tips on Windows 10 Free Upgrade for India users

I just loved Microsoft today.  So many people, 10 of them, desperate to get their free upgrades to Windows 10 from their – actually legitimate installation of – Windows 7 or 8.1, in Chennai.  I had to ‘help’ them out when their expected smooth-as-baby-backside upgrades didn’t go about as expected.

In the bargain, I earned a nice handsome fee of Rs. 611/- per PC to upgrade fully legal Windows 7 & a couple of 8.1, for not a dozen, but just two off – 10 PCs.  And all of them had either one of the problems, which I’m going to give you FREE.

So, if you are one frustrated, last hour updater from India (or nearby countries), you can slog through the night to get the FREE Windows 10 upgrade today, which finishes on 29 July 2016.

To cut the BS short. Most PCs in India, with either Windows 7 or 8.1 have their automatic updates disabled.  So the first start is there.  Switch on your automatic updates.

In addition (or in total) you have to have all these services up and running on ‘Automatic’ mode:
  • Background Intelligence Transfer Service
  • Cryptographic Service
  • Windows Installer Service
  • Windows Module Installer Service
  • Windows Update Service (this is the automatic updates referred to above)
But the quirk is that even when you have all those running, you might end up with an aborted installation, without any error codes. 

If you are lucky enough to see some Windows 10 Upgrade Error Codes, then you are lucky.  You can get the solution from these Microsoft KB articles:

If you are not able to get a solution from above, or even before attempting above error fix techniques, just check my fix out.  Most (almost all) of us in India, use the US-Keyboard, and most likely (but not in all cases) is the language too set as English (United States), with very few as English (United Kingdom).

And here is the quirk.  Starting from Windows 7, you could set your locale to ‘India’.  While I do not know the effects of setting English (UK) with India as locale, in almost 8 of the 10 PCs which bought me bread for the next month, setting up locale as ‘India’ with English (US), was the reason for upgrade failure.  Changing it to USA, solved the issue in every case.


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