YAGNOPAVIT PUJA ( UPNAYANA CEREMONY )
Yagnopavit Puja also known as JANEU( Sacred Thread ) Ceremony or UPNAYANA Ceremony .
It is traditional Hindu practice among the Brahmins and in some cases even other caste too .
It is of prime importance to Brahmins and a boy from age eight onwards , can wear the holy thread , also known as Janeu (Sacred Thread ). This Janeu is worn from the left shoulder across the chest .
This ceremony essentially has lot of meanings , one of them symbolises that the boy is now ready to learn the holy vedas .
Here the Brahmins are also referred as DWIJA , meaning SECOND . This Janeu wearing ceremony is referred to as the second birth of a Brahmin . This ceremony is also termed as an Initiation ceremony , to enter a vedic Patshala (school) . It is a ceremony in which a Guru (teacher) accepts the native as a disciple and guides the native through different spheres of life .
UPNAYANA also means ‘Near to the eye ‘ or ‘ enlightenment ‘. The native is put on the path of enlightenment by the Guru ( Teacher ) .
The child is generally initiated with the Gayatri Mantra , which is whispered in the Child’s ear .