The Sandhyavandanam consists of recitation from the Vedas, accompanied by ritual. These rituals are performed three times a day — at morning pratahsandhya , noon madghyanika and evening Sayam Sandhya. The Sandhyavandanam is the oldest extant liturgy in world religion. As a practice, it may be descended from the much older daily Agnihotra ritual. Persons who do sandhyavandanam must have individual vessels.

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Yajurveda Sandhyavandanam - detailed procedure with illustrations ver 4. Page 1 of Table of Contents. Scriptural Authority Pramanam. Meaning and Philosophical significance.

Format and Anatomy. Who Can Perform. When To Perform. Things You Need. Manasika Snanam and Mantra Snanam. Recitation of Mantras. Science, Electricity and Health. Achamanam Anatomy Cleansing — external body.

Ganapati Dhyanam. PrAnAyamaha Anatomy Cleansing — internal body. Satvika Tyaga — optional — for Sri Vaishnavas only Surrender and dedication. PrAnAyamah Anatomy Cleansing — internal body. Page 2 of Prayaschitta Arghyam Apology for any delay. Gayatri Japam. PrAnAyam mantra Nyasa Preparation for gayatri. Pranayamah Anatomy Cleansing — internal body. Gayatri Avahanam Invoking Goddess Gayatri.

Gayatri Japam Meditating on Gayatri. Gayathri Upastanam Realization of the the presence of the Lord. Surya Upastanam Worship to the Sun. Samashti Abhivadanam: AbhivAdanam Expression of one's lineage. SriRanga Mangala Manim — optional — Remembering archa murthys. Page 3 of There are many resources on Yajurveda Sandhyavandanam available on the internet.

The adhyaayi has continued to update this document as his own understanding of the deep meaning and importance of the Sandhyavandanam anushtanam has improved. This process will continue. For now, the adhyaayi offers unto the lotus feet of the Lord, version 4. The adhyaayi sincerely apologises for any mistakes that may be found in the document. Please email details of errors of omission or commission to kausybaby yahoo.

Adhyaayi: Kaustubha Chakravarthy. Bangalore, 25 t h March Page 4 of There are references in the vedas regarding Sandyavandanam. The procedure of worship indicated is by offering "Arghya" water in the palms of both hands thrown up , at the time of sunrise and sunset, meditating on Aditya Sun.

Ishvashya upanishad of Shukla Yajurveda also refers to Sun worship as above at sunrise and sunset. Chandogya upanisad Chapter 2 Section 6 discusses "Aditya vidya" explaining the importance of meditation of Sun or Aditya at sunrise and sunset, bringing out also the points mentioned above.

Chapter 3, Section 12 of this upanishad explains meditation of aditya through gayatri. It also explains that the sun in the horizon outside and the sun element inside us are one and the same and there is no difference.

The identity should be kept in mind while meditating through gayatri. This is the meaning of "Asavadityao brahma" recited during Sandyavandanam. These views are also echoed in Aditya Hridaya of the Yuddakanda of Ramayan. Agasthya explains to Sri Rama, the merits of worshipping Aditya. Aditya protects everyone, helps them in their duties, gives lustre, removes ignorance and provides happiness.

He is friend of water and resides in every living thing. All Vedic religions have given great importance to Sandyavandanam. It is said that one who does not perform Sandyavandanam is ever impure and is thus rendered unfit to perform the Vedic rites - the nitya daily or naimithica occasional duties prescribed in the scriptures.

If however he did perform the duties once in a way in spite of self inflicted impurity due to non performance of Sandyavandanam regularly the said performance will not yield any result. This point has also been brought out by Poigai alwar Mudal Tiruvandadi stanza 3. Some additional observations maybe viewed at. Sri Mani Vardarajan's emails. Sri Sadagopan Iyengar's email.

Page 5 of Aditya represents pure sattwa characteristics and He is bright prakasa and light laghu. He is entrusted with the portfolio of health of souls chetanas in our planet as per the distribution of duties during the evolution of the universe. Our human body contains every element of the universe and they get subdued or become invisible due to the character Rajoguna and tamoguna of the individuals.

However, it is possible to culture any of the elements of the universe present within himself by providing suitable environment.

Worship through Arghyam is a process by which the element of Aditya within us can be cultured and in turn acquire the qualities of Aditya - namely lustrous and health preserving quality of the body and mind, light body, high intellect with grasping power, high intuition, memory and many other qualities.

The arghya should be offered seeing the sun in the horizon and meditating through gayatri on aditya. The Arghyas delivered skyward from the palms of the worshipper serve as missiles to destroy demons known as Mandehaasuras attacking the sun.

This statement in the vedas has a great significance. Vedas are also refer red to as Thrayi - that is the statements have three meanings external, internal and philosophical. The philosophical meaning of this statement is important. The element of sun in our body is clouded by our "Rajoguna" and "Tamoguna". The Arghyams offerred as worship to Sun or Aditya at sunrise and sunset will help free the sun element in us. Page 6 of Section of Sandyavandanam.

Achamanam , Pranayanam. Anatomy Purification. Satvika Tyaga. Surrender and dedication. Prokshanam, Prasanam, Punah Prokshanam. Purification external — prokshanam, internal —. Prayaschita Arghyam.

Apology for any delay. Thanks for benefits received. Pranayaman Mantra Japam. Preparation for Gayatri. Gayatri Aavahanam. Bringing in invoking the Lord. Meditating on the Lord. Realization of the the presence of the Lord. Sandyadi Devata Vandanam. Salutations to the Sandya gods. Expression of one's lineage.

Dik Devataadi Vandanam. Salutations to the directional gods. Sriranga Mangala Manim. Remembering archa murthys. The Vedic references bring out the importance of worshipping Aditya through Arghyam and meditation through Gayatri at sunrise and sunset. Keeping the above in view, the sages of the past have given a format for the performance of Sandyavandanam using Vedic hymns during sunrise, midday and sunset.

In Yagna prakarana, vedas also bring out the importance of 'Sudhikarana' or purification. The purification covers both inside and outside of our body. Hence the format includes the purification process.


Importance of Sandhyavandanam and other Key Samskarams

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