by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

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 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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