Yajurveda Upakarma or Yajur Veda Avani Avittam is observed by Yajurvedi Brahmins in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. It is known as Jandhyala Purnima or Janeyu Purnima Day in Telugu and Kannada respectively. In simple terms, Upakarma refers to the changing of a sacred (Holy) thread called Yagnopaveetham on this day by the three varnas (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vysyas). Upakarma in Sanskrit also means the beginning or Aarambha. It is the beginning of the study of Vedas and Upanishads.
Upakarma is a practice performed to give prayers and show gratitude to the sages who imparted Vedic knowledge and disclosed Vedic mantras to mankind. For the Brahmin community, Avani Avittam, also known as “Upakramam,” is a significant rite. On the day of Raksha Bandhan, it is observed.
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Upakarma, which means commencement or Arambham, alludes to the ceremonial start of learning Veda. On Upakarma Day, Brahmins perform Shrauta ceremonies along with changing their Upanayana thread in addition to studying the Vedas. The Vedic rite of upakarma is still carried out by Hindus of the Brahmin community.
Yajurveda adherents do the Upakarma on the day of the full moon in the Shravan month, or on Shravana Purnima. On Shravana Nakshatra day in the month of Shravana, those who practice the Rigveda observe the Upakarma. Therefore, the day to observe Upakarma may vary for Yajurveda and Rigveda devotees.