August 06, 2017

Avani Avittam / Upakarma

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Avani Avittam /Upakarma is the day when the men of the house change their Poonal/ Sacred thread .

This festival is celebrated on a Full Moon Day / Pournami in the holy month of Shravan by most of the Tamil /Kerala Brahmins who follow the Yajur Veda tradtion. Hence also known as Yajur Upakarma.

Some Brahmins who belong to the Rig Veda / Sama Veda tradition have a different day to perform the Upakarma.

The ladies of the house prepare a grand feast for the family.

The menu in most homes is a typical saatvik south indian lunch where in Onions and Garlic are avoided.
The elaborate lunch menu is mentioned below.


In most homes Breakfast is Idli with Sambar and Chutney.
Nei Appam is made in homes where there are bachelor boys.


Ghee /Nei
Cucumber kosamri/kosmalli
Carrot kosamri

More kuzhambu /Majjige Huli

Beans Usili

Chou Chou kootu

Rasam/ SaatruAmudhu

Akkara vadisal
Sakkarai pongal

Paruppu vadai


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