Janeu Sanskar: Upanayana Muhurat and Dates in 2020

With many traditions followed in Hinduism, Janeu Sanskar (Upanayana) is one of the most significant ones, even before marriage. It is the 10th sanskar described in ancient Sanatan Hindu Dharma. In this ceremony, the boy is made to wear a sacred white thread (Janeu) with various rituals. Various casts like Brahmins and Kshatriyas perform this Sanskar. The word 'Upanayana' consists of two words; ‘Up” means near and ‘Nayana” means vision. Hence, this literary means keeping ourselves away from darkness (state of ignorance) and getting towards light (spiritual knowledge). Thus, it is one of the most famous and sacred rituals.

Normally, castes like Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas also hold a threading ceremony for the groom before his wedding. The ceremony is also known as Yagnopavitra.

What are the dates and muhurats for Janeu Sanskar 2020?

Below list consists of the Janeu (Upanayana) Sanskar 2020 dates and muhurats:

Date Day Month-Tithi Nakshatra Muhurat Duration
January 15 Wednesday Magha K. Panchami Uttara Phalguni 07:15 to 12:10
January 27 Monday Magha S. Tritiya Shatabhisha 07:12 to 14:37
January 29 Wednesday Magha S. Chaturthi Purva Bhadrapada 10:46 to 14:29
January 30 Thursday Magha S. Panchami Uttara Bhadrapada 07:11 to 13:20
February 26 Wednesday Phalgun S. Tritiya Uttara Bhadrapada 06:50 to 14:53
February 28 Friday Phalgun S. Panchami Ashwini 06:48 to 14:45
March 11 Wednesday Chaitra K. Dwitiya Hasta 11:42 to 13:58
March 13 Friday Chaitra K. Chaturthi Swati 08:51 to 13:50
March 26 Thursday Chaitra S. Dwitiya Revati 06:18 to 15:20
April 3
Friday Chaitra S. Dashami Pushya 06:09 to 13:57
April 9 Thursday Vaisakha K. Dwitiya Swati 06:02 to 14:23
April 26
Sunday Vaisakha S. Tritiya Rohini 05:45 to 13:23
May 3 Sunday Vaisakha S. Dashami Purva Phalguni 05:39 to 12:08
May 4
Monday Vaisakha S. Ekadashi Uttara Phalguni 06:13 to 15:04
May 25 Monday Jyeshtha S. Tritiya Revati 07:54 to 15:57
May 27 Wednesday Jyeshtha S. Panchami Punarvasu 07:28 to 15:49

What is the importance of conducting the Janeu ceremony?

Hindu religion holds a strong place for every tradition or custom followed in it. With Janeu ceremony, a boy rises from his childhood to adolescence. To mark this advancement, the priest ties a sacred thread (Janeu) above the boy’s left shoulder and under the right arm. This Janeu is an interknit of streams of 3 threads.

According to astrology, a person who wears the Janeu gets blessings of the nine planets (navagraha). This is because of the 9 strings used in the streams of threads in Janeu. These 9 strings symbolize the 9 planets of Vedic astrology: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu, and Ketu. These 9 planets impact various areas in one’s life.
So, this ceremony holds a deep significance.

How should one perform Upanayana Sanskar vidhi?

Before starting the Janeu Sanskar, the hair on a child’s head is shaved off (Mundan). On the Janeu (Upanayana) muhurat day, the boy bathes first. Then sandalwood paste is applied on his head and body after which, the family members start the Havan preparations. The child then offers worship to Lord Ganesha and performs Yagya in his underclothings. Chanting of Gayatri Mantra 10,000 times is done to call on the Gods and Goddesses. The boy then takes a vow to follow the teachings of Shastras and observing fasts. After this, he eats Churma with other boys of his age and again takes a bath. A guide, father, or any other elder member of the family recites the Gayatri Mantra in front of the child and tells him “You are a Brahmin from today.” Then they give him a danda (stick) and tie the Mekhala and Kandora on him. This newly-anointed Brahmin then asks for Bhiksha (asking for food in alms) from the people around. As part of the custom, the child runs away from home post-dinner as he is going to Kashi for studies. Soon later, people go and bring him back by bribing him in the name of the wedding. The rituals are completed this way.

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Rules to be followed while performing the Janeu Sanskar ritual

  • One should organize a Yagna in the Upanayana muhurat on the day of Janeu Sanskar.
  • The boy (for whom the ceremony is held) should sit to perform the Yagna with his family.
  • On this day, the boy should wear unstitched clothes and hold a stick (danda) in his hand.
  • He should wear a yellow fabric around his neck and khadau in his feet.
  • During Mundan, only one braid should be left.
  • The Janeu should be colored yellow and the boy should wear it with Guru Deeksha (ordination).

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