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upanayana. Hindu initiation ritual, restricted to the three upper varnas.

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18. Upanayanam
Samsakaara of Upanayanam/YajnyoPaveetam/MekhalAa Rabinder
Samsakaara of Upanayanam/YajnyoPaveetam/MekhalAa. Rabinder Koul. The title above contains two words, the SamskAra and YajnyoPavEtam.
15: Upanayanam ( Sacred Thread Ceremony ):
15: Upanayanam ( Sacred Thread Ceremony ): At Temple: Agarbathi – One small packet. Beetle Leaves – 8 or more. Camphor – One Small Packet.
Different cultures celebrate coming of age in different ways
The Hindu rite of passage for boys is Upanayanam, which is when the concept of Upanayanam may take place at either age 7, 9 or 11.

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Sanskrit scholar passes away
After the 'Upanayanam' and 'Samavartham' ceremonies in the traditional manner, Sankaran Namboothiri helped his father in his poojas for a short while at the Narasimhaswamy temple at Kurumapuram.
A lovable scholar
Born as the first child to Parameswaran Nampoothiri and Arya Antharjanam in 1920, Malliyoor had his Upanayanam at the age of nine and completed Samavarthanam at 14.

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Upanayana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Online Panchangam - The Thread Ceremony
Ammupatti's thoughts: Upanayanam
Sep 26, 2007 Upanayanam. Those who study the Vedas consider that among all sanskara rituals, the initiation rituals of Upanayanam are the most important.
Indian Culture Online.Com - Upanayanam
Upanayanam. Literally "leading or taking near". It also means "introducing the novice to the stage of studenthood".
Upanayanam (Sacred Thread Ceremony) « IamThou
Feb 5, 2008 What does upanayanam mean?

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