Janeu Upanayana Sanskar Muhurat 2024: Dates, Timings & Significance

Janeu Upanayana Sanskar Muhurat 2024: Dates, Timings & Significance

History

Upanayana Sanskar is also known as Yagnopavita or Janeu Sanskar  , which is one of the ancient rituals. It is the symbol of acceptance by a student from a mentor. There was a time when gurus used to decide whether their students were allowed to enter the school or not. Yagnopavita is one of the major sanskar among the 16 Vedic sanskaras.

Upanayana Sanskar is a sacred thread received by a young boy from his mentor. This holy thread is found on the boy’s left shoulder to the right in such a way that it crosses his chest. Upanayana Sanskar is received by a boy when he turns 16. Upanayana Sanskar itself means to move closer towards the god. This ceremony is organised so that the boy can achieve desired success in their career & professional life. It is believed that by performing this ceremony, a person may get rid of past sins. Upanayana Sanskar marks the rebirth of the boy participating in this ancient ritual. People believe that Upanayana Sanskar plays a vital role in the child’s career. In ancient times, young boys would only receive their education after getting Yagnopavita.

Importance of Yagnopavita Sanskar

When a person receives Upanayana Sanskar, he needs to wear the sacred thread. This thread is associated with the Trinity of Gods, i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. These three cotton threads are connected with the trio of gods, respectively. According to Vedas, Lord Brahma is the creator of the universe, Lord Vishnu is the provider, and Lord Shiva is the destroyer. And therefore, Upanayana Sanskar (thread) should not get defiled. In case if you lose the sacred thread, then it should be replaced by the new one. Similarly, Yagnopavita means the worshipping of Goddess Gayatri. A person wearing this sacred thread should recite Gayatri Mantra on a daily basis and do Rudrabhishek Puja.

Types of Upanayana Sanskar

Mainly, there are two types of Upanayana Sanskar.

  • Three-threaded Upanayana Sanskar
  • Six-threaded Upanayana Sanskar

A person who refrains from entering the marriage phase wears a three-threaded Upanayana Sanskar. Whereas, a man who is already married wears a six-threaded Upanayana Sanskar as he also requires three more threads of his wife.

Upanayana Sanskar In Ancient Times

Upanayana Sanskar means the act of leading to the enlightenment of life. When a boy is accepted by his teacher after the thread ceremony, he will receive knowledge and guidance from his mentor, and he will be free from other life duties. This ceremony marks the second birth of a boy, who will be young-minded and free-spirited.

In ancient times, Yagnopavit Sanskar was organised for every child and his teacher. The child wearing a holy thread is called Yagnopavita or Upanayana Sanskar. This thread ceremony also suggests the starting of formal education in a boy’s life. At present, this ceremony involves people of every age. The practice of Upanayana Sanskar  begins from childhood days, and it includes studies of culture, religion, dharma, mathematics, geometry, colours, writing, reading, and traditional values.

Do Girls Take Part In Upanayana Sanskar?

Girls who become students by following the rituals of Upanayana Sanskar are called Brahmavadini. They wore the sacred thread over their left shoulder. Other girls who refrain from studying such things would directly get married, and they are known as Sadyovadhu. Some girls who want to take Upanayana Sanskar can also follow the rituals during their marriage ceremony. In this process, young girls wear a holy thread over their left shoulder. In today’s world, many religions allow girls and boys to perform the traditional ceremony of Upanayana Sanskar before the beginning of their school days. Some of the Vedic texts, like Asvalayana Grihya Sutra and Yama Smriti, suggest that girls could also start their studies after receiving the Yagnopavita sanskar. Scholars like Gargi and Lopamudra are known for receiving Upanayana Sanskar . Besides, Maitreyi, Ghosha, Urvashi, Sachi, and Indrani previously got their Upanayana Sanskar in the history of Hinduism.

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Why is Upanayana Sanskar organised mainly by Brahmins?

In modern times, if the person is associated with the highest caste, Brahmin, he or she is directly born with the blessings of Lord Brahma. Similarly, Upanayana Sanskar , known as the symbol of sacred thread, belongs to the person connected with an upper caste, Brahmin. However, if we believe in the Baudhayana Grihya Sutra, it suggests that every member of our society must take Upanayana Sanskar from their gurus.

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Upanayana Sanskar Should Be Followed Throughout The Lifetime

If a person wearing Upanayana Sanskar gets his holy thread damaged or defiled from any side, he should replace it with the new one.
Many people wearing Upanayana Sanskar put it on the right ear whenever they enter washrooms. This is because they believe that putting Upanayana Sanskar on their ears may not be defiled.

Once a boy receives his Upanayana Sanskar, he should wear a Upanayana Sanskar for a lifetime. One can only remove or change Upanayana Sanskar if the necessity arises. Otherwise, a boy should keep a holy thread on his shoulder for a lifetime.

Let's look at the Upanayana Sanskar Muhurat 2024 dates and times.

DateDaysTiming
Sunday, 21 January 2024 Sunday19:30 – 23:50
Wednesday, 31 January 2024 Wednesday07:10 – 11:30
Monday, 12 February 2024 Monday07:10 – 14:50
Wednesday, 14 February 2024 Wednesday11:35 – 12:00
Monday, 19 February 2024 Monday07 :00 – 21:00
Thursday, 29 February 2024 Thursday06:50 – 10:10
Wednesday, 27 March 2024 Wednesday09:40 – 16:00
Friday, 29 March 2024 Friday20:40 – 23:30
Friday, 12 April 2024 Friday13:15 – 23:30
Wednesday, 17 April 2024 Wednesday15:15 – 23:30
Thursday, 18 April 2024 Thursday06:00 – 07:00
Thursday, 9 May 2024 Thursday13:00 – 17:00
Friday, 10 May 2024 Friday10:40 – 17:00
Sunday, 12 May 2024 Sunday12:50 – 19:30
Friday, 17 May 2024 Friday10:10 – 14:40
Saturday, 18 May 2024 Saturday10:15 – 16:50
Sunday, 19 May 2024 Sunday14:40 – 16:55
Monday, 20 May 2024 Monday10:00 – 16:40
Friday, 24 May 2024 Friday07:30 – 11:50
Saturday, 25 May 2024 Saturday12:00 – 14:00
Saturday, 8 June 2024 Saturday11:00 – 17:50
Sunday, 9 June 2024 Sunday11:00 – 17:40
Monday, 10 June 2024 Monday17:50 – 20:00
Sunday, 16 June 2024 Sunday08:10 – 14:50
Monday, 17 June 2024 Monday10:30 – 17:00
Saturday, 22 June 2024 Saturday07:50 – 12:20
Sunday, 23 June 2024 Sunday07:40 – 12:10
Wednesday, 26 June 2024 Wednesday09:50 – 16:40
Sunday, 7 July 2024 Sunday11:30 – 18:00
Monday, 8 July 2024 Monday 11:25 – 18:00
Wednesday, 10 July 2024 Wednesday 13:30 – 18:00
Thursday, 11 July 2024 Thursday06:30 – 11:00
Wednesday, 17 July 2024 Wednesday 07:40 – 08:20
Monday, 22 July 2024 Monday 06:10 – 12:30
Thursday, 25 July 2024 Thursday 08:05 – 17:00
Wednesday, 7 August 2024 Wednesday 11:40 – 18:00
Friday, 9 August 2024 Friday07:00 – 11:20
Wednesday, 14 August 2024 Wednesday11:10 – 13:20
Thursday, 15 August 2024 Thursday13:30 – 17:40
Friday, 16 August 2024 Friday11:15 – 17:40
Saturday, 17 August 2024 Saturday06:30 – 08:30
Wednesday, 21 August 2024 Wednesday07:30 – 12:30
Friday, 23 August 2024 Friday13:00 – 15:00
Saturday, 24 August 2024 Saturday06:45 – 08:00
Wednesday, 4 September 2024 Wednesday12:10 – 18:00
Thursday, 5 September 2024 Thursday12:15 – 18:00
Friday, 6 September 2024 Friday12:00 – 16:00
Sunday, 8 September 2024 Sunday14:15 – 16:00
Friday, 13 September 2024 Friday09:15 – 15:50
Saturday, 14 September 2024 Saturday07:25 – 09:00
Sunday, 15 September 2024 Sunday11:30 – 17:25
Friday, 4 October 2024 Friday12:30 – 17:30
Monday, 7 October 2024 Monday14:30 – 18:00
Saturday, 12 October 2024 Saturday12:00 – 15:30
Sunday, 13 October 2024 Sunday09:40 – 15:30
Monday, 14 October 2024 Monday07:15 – 09:00
Friday, 18 October 2024 Friday07:10 – 13:30
Monday, 21 October 2024 Monday09:15 – 15:00
Sunday, 3 November 2024 Sunday07:15 – 10:20
Monday, 4 November 2024 Monday07:15 – 10:20
Wednesday, 6 November 2024 Wednesday07:15 – 12:00
Monday, 11 November 2024 Monday10:00 – 15:00
Wednesday, 13 November 2024 Wednesday 07:40 – 09:40
Sunday, 17 November 2024 Sunday07:25 – 13:00
Wednesday, 20 November 2024 Wednesday11:30 – 15:50
Wednesday, 4 December 2024 Wednesday07:40 – 10:25
Thursday, 5 December 2024 Thursday13:40 – 18:30
Friday, 6 December 2024 Friday07:45 – 12:00
Wednesday, 11 December 2024 Wednesday 10:15 – 16:00
Thursday, 12 December 2024 Thursday07:45 – 09:50
Monday, 16 December 2024 Monday07:40 – 12:50
Thursday, 19 December 2024 Thursday11:15 – 14:00

Wrapping Up

Upanayana Sanskar is an ancient time ritual that has a significance in a person’s life even in modern times. From a very young age, boys start wearing a holy thread before pursuing their education. This sacred thread plays an important role in a person’s educational growth. Once a person gets married, he needs to wear six-threaded Upanayana Sanskar throughout their lifetime. People bound by this holy thread should take extra care of Upanayana Sanskaras. It also helps them in smooth circulation of blood.

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