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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.
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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
Downloads page
There is no Google Form hindrance.

Tags: yajur upakarma,avani avittam,gayathri japam

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