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Raksha Bandhan Celebrations in Chennai

Raksha Bandhan in Chennai is known by the name of 'Avani Avittam' and is regarded as an important festival of Hindus. The festival falls in the month of Shravan on the full moon day that according to the English calendar falls in the month of August. This day marks much importance for the Hindu Brahmins, as on this particular day they wear a holy thread and also offer prayers to the ancient rishis as well as ancestors.

The day is marked with recitations of Vedas and special prayers offered to Gods for seeking their blessings. As the day starts, the Brahmins take a holy bath in river and then change the holy thread worn by them. This holy thread is given the name of 'Janeyu' or 'Yajnopavit' and holds much spiritual importance for the Hindus. The ceremony is brought to an end by the recitation of pious shlokas and prayers from the holy books.

While performing this ceremony, the Brahmins are asked to take the vow of always respecting the religious authorities and to adopt a good conduct in their lives. The ceremony is given the name of 'Shravani' or 'Rishi Tarpan' and is regarded as a necessary occasion in every Brahmin's life. Every Brahmin makes perfect use of this ceremony to ask forgiveness for his past sins.



As the Brahmin removes his thread, he is supposed to chant that as he throws away the broken and dirty thread, so may this new thread bring along a new and long life as well as Brahmana's brilliance. While the Brahmin wears a new thread, he is supposed to chant that the thread is inseparable from the Supreme Power and is highly capable of providing the blessing of long life. In short this ceremony very well signifies a new beginning for the Brahmins. This day is meant for offering prayers to the Lord Hayagriya who is known to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and gave the Vedas to the Brahmins.

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