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Friday, October 28, 2011

Sandhya Vandanam


Sandhya Vandanam literally means either “Salutation to the goddess of Dawn and dusk
or” the prayers done during dawn and dusk.” Hindus considered the period just before
dawn and just after dusk as well as the exact period of noon , as extremely suitable for
meditation. All Brahmins after Upanayanam (prescribed to be done at the age of seven),
were required to do these prayers without fail. Essentially these prayers are offering
oblations to the devas (arghya pradanam), doing breathing exercises (pranayamam) and
then meditating on Gayathri by chanting the king of all manthras “Gayathri”. This
Manthra is taught to every boy by his own father during the ceremony of
brahmopadesam. After learning Gayathri every boy is supposed to have taken a second
birth and is entitled to be called “Dwija”.