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Gayathri Japam 2013 procedure in Tamil, Sanskrit

If Rg, Yajur Sama Upakarma is the act of purifying the Brhman within oneself, the Gayathri Manthra Japam (usually) on next day renews the shield.  This year, Gayathri Mantra Japam is on 21 Aug 2013, one day after the Rg and Yajur Upakarma or Avani Avittam.

Yesterday, we uploaded the Rg, Yajur Upakarma procedure in Tamil.  Though it is usual practice to include the Gayathri Japa Sankalpam within that leaflet, as a paragraph, I chose 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.  A full Gayathri Japam is not just a 2 line sankalpam alone.  It 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)
That is the reason the full Gayathri Mantra Japam procedure in Tamil and Sanskrit (yes, in Sanskrit too) is uploaded here.  Feel free to download and use the Gayathri Mantra Japam procedure in Tamil or Sanskrit.  Both are PDF files.  The Tamil file is about 84 KB while the Sanskrit file is about 106 KB.

For the interested the MD5 checksums are:
  • Tamil 11360971eaabe2731144d1b1a6809241
  • Sanskrit 11dfe52049e199828a88a7f483eaa391
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.

Gayathri Japam procedure for 2016 available as free PDF download in Tamil, Sanskrit, or English in this post

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