upanayana

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उपनयन

upa-nayana [ upanayana ]


am, n. the act of leading to or near, bringing, R. BhP. Vikr

employment, application, Car.

introduction ( into any science ), Prab

leading or drawing towards one's self

that ceremony in which a Guru draws a boy towards himself and initiates him into one of the three twice-born classes ( one of the twelve Saṃskāras or purificatory rites [prescribed in the ḍharma-sūtras and explained in the ṅṛhya-sūtras] in which the boy is invested with the sacred thread [different for the three castes] and thus endowed with second or spiritual birth and qualified to learn the Veda by heart; a Brāhman is initiated in the eighth year [ or seventh according to Hiranyakeśin; or eighth from conception, according to Śāṅkhāyana etc. ], a Kshatriya in the eleventh, a Vaiśya in the twelfth; but the term could be delayed ); see IW. p. 201; RTL. p. 360 seqq.; ĀśvGṛ. i, 19-22; ŚāṅkhGṛ. ii, 1- 6; PārGṛ. ii, 2-5; Gobh. ii, 10; HirGṛ. i, 1 seqq.; Mn. ii, 36; Yājñ. i, 14.

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upa-nayana-cintāmaṇi [ upanayanacintAmaNi ]

m., N. of works.



upa-nayana-lakṣaṇa [ upanayanalakSaNa ]

n., N. of works.