The sacred thread ceremony – Installation of the principles of Indian culture – taking pledge to lead disciplines, dignified spiritual life. The most important sanskar for boys in their teens. It indeed gives “new birth” (dwijatva) to a person. The development of personality coherent with the dignity of human-being begins only after one adopts certain moral values and disciplines of humanity and enlightens his/her mind as well as inner self. The Yagyopaveet sanskar is performed to channeling this development. The initiation of the Gayatri Mantra and experiments of spiritual elevation is associated with this sanskar.
The methods of performing this sanskar and propagated the universality of Yagyopaveet and Gayatri and made that knowledge available and attainable for all humans, without any discrimination of sex, caste, religion, creed, or social status. The discipline of maintaining shikha (hair knot) on head. This shikha is placed at a point, which is very important for positive impact of yoga and meditation. It lies at a special junction of many nerves, which are linked with intellectual processing and memory registration in the brain and is found to have a controlling effect on harmonious functioning of the endocrine system.
Its made up of raw yarn. There are three threads and each thread is further made up of three most tiny threads. The total length of a Yajyopaveeta or ‘‘Younie’’ is 98 fingers, with five knots on it that make the thread circular. In Kashmiri fingers mean ‘‘Mav’’. The white color of this sacred threads represents the Purity and Peace. Natural cotton fiber is used in constructing the Yajyopaveeta, because it does not cause any allergy to the body.
The length as mentioned above has been fixed as the average human body is 98 in figures long in height.The three threads together signify our three debts we owe to the society.
It is worn on the left side shoulder round to the right side of the waist under the right arm which goes over the line of heart and ends at the waist line. Thus it becomes mandatory to perform all the duties you take oath at the time of ceremony. But what has been observed at present when such ceremonies take place, Yajyopaveet takers are not being explained by those who are supposed to. Vedas do not allow you to remove this sacred thread before the end of life.The sacred thread however is removed when one attains Sanyasa. If it is torn some where, one can replace it.