Wednesday, 17th July 2019




" vEdArAmbham वेदारम्भं " means commencing the vEdic studies.  Once the upanayanam is performed, the student stays in his preceptor's house or in a vEda pATashALa.  He performs sandhyAvandanam and samidAdhAnam daily.  He also performs brahma yagyam by reciting the sAvitree mantra daily. But for the commencement of the vEdic mantrAs, he has to wait until his preceptor chooses an auspicious day.  The usual practice is to start the vedic lessons on the adhyAyOpAkarmA day otherwise called the upAkarmA day.


vEdArambham has been mentioned as a samckArA only by Sage vyAsa. 

vyAsa smRuti 1.24 says:-

पुण्येऽह्नि गुर्वनुज्ञात: कृतमन्त्राहुतिक्रिय: 

स्मृत्वौङ्कारञ्च गायत्रीमारभेद्वेदमादित: 

puNyE ahni gurvanugyAta: kRutamantrAhutikriya:

smRutva OmkArancha gAyatreemArabhed vEdamAdita: .

On an auspiscious day, after having obtained the permission of his preceptor, he should give oblations into the sacred fire (agni) with mantras and commence the study of the vEdAs by reciting the OmkAra followed by the gAyatree.

In practice

Usually it is a practice to start the vEdic lessons on the upakarmA/adhyAyOpAkarmA day. Infact the upAkarmA is an annual ritual performed for the beginning of the new semester of vEdic lessons.   For the newly initiated child it will be the "prathamOpAkarmA प्रथमोपाकर्मा ". Please read related article under upAkarmA under nityakarmA section for more info.


The students' AcharyA or a priest conducts the prathamOpAkarmA.  A general procedure is given below:-

1.  snAnam, sandhyAvandhanam.

2.  vapanam/chaulam, snAnam, mAdhyAhnikam, brahma yagyam.

3.  yagyOpaveeta dhAraNam.

2.  maunjee, ajina, daNDa dhAraNam.

3.  Rushi/devaTA/pitRu tarpaNam.

4.  adhyayana hOmam with Ajya bhAga Ahutis.

5.  vEdArambham (The AchArya teaches the first verses form the vEdAs)


#1 viju 2013-05-26 11:24