Krishna Yajur Vedic - Sandhyavandanam

Commentary by Sri Apparusu Vijaya Rama Rao

Sandhyavandanam is a religious ritual performed by Certain Hindu men who were initiated into the rite by the ceremony of Upanayanam, and instructed in its execution by a Guru (a qualified spiritual teacher usually father). Sandhyavandanam is performed thrice daily and is accordingly known by a different name at each hour - in the morning (pratah sandhya), at noon (madhyanika), and in the evening (sayankala sandhya). Gayatri mantra is intiated as an integral part of Sandhyavandanam.

Sandhyavandana procedure and its purpose-
1. Achamana- It purifies the body (done in wet hands),also protects the performer.
2. Pranayama- Procedure of controlling Prana.
3. Sankalpa (religious declaration)- It gives the details of the day and purpose behind the Puja.
4. Marjana- This is said to purify the performer.
5. Argyapradanam- This is the important part of sandyavandanam.
This is done as an offering to Sandhyadevi, to show gratitude towards god.
6. Jalatarpana- To destroy all the enemies.
7. Bhutotchatanam- To destroy all the ghosts and devils and to make the world free of them.
8. Asanashuddi- Appealing to mother earth to purify the performer
9. Chanting chandass, Vedas before Gayatri-Japa.
10. Karanyasa and Anganyasa- aimed at filling of hand,limbs,head and heart with divine powers of god.
By clapping,all the bad images,thinking vanishes.
11. Dhyana- Meditation of diety by chanting Gaytri Mantra.
12. Gayatri Japa- Repeting the gayatri mantra 28 or 54 or 108 (recommended),1008(for best results).
13. Suryopastana- repeating the prayer to god in standing position as a farewell.

All these facts and practices are lucidly explained in the Book – Sandhyavandanam by Sri Apparusu Vijaya Rama Rao Garu. This book is very useful guide for all those who perform Sandhyavandanam. This is presented in simple languge, keeping in view of Brahmacharis who need day to day assistance.

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