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Upanayana – Sacred Thread Ceremony
Upanayana – Sacred Thread Ceremony

Upanayana – Sacred Thread Ceremony

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Sacraments are performed to celebrate and sanctify life's crucial junctures, inform family and community, and secure inner-world blessings. Here are eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras.'

6. Upanayana – Sacred Thread Ceremony

The ceremonial investment of the "sacred thread" and inititation into Vedic study, performed in the home or temple, usually between the ages of 9 and 15, after which a youth is considered "twice born."

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