Yagnopavit / Janoi (Coming of Age)

This post was written by Bhasmank Mehta, Posted on 24th February 2016,Updated on 12th September 2016

Janoi, as it is more commonly known.  The ceremony is performed just prior to child’s schooling, usually at the age of five. Some leave it until later, at age seven or even nine.  This can be so that the child understands the importance and significance much better than at the age of five.  Furthermore, it may be, that the parents leave matters until the child is in primary school rather than the kindergarten.  On occasions, this can be performed on the return of the student following completion of their studies.  I will elaborate on this within the Sanskars at another time.  Do please bookmark this page for further information by your very own Sanatan Hindu Priest, Bhasmank Mehta.  Therein, I will incorporate the procedure, additional reasoning and more.

For now though, here are some of the reasons for this ceremony:

  • To ensure that the child does not stray from the aim.  Good teaching during the ceremony ensures good focus towards studies, or at leasr attempt to ensure that this happens.
  • To remove all desires that could have an adverse effect during school time.
  • To concentrate on the physical and mental growth just as much as educational growth, ability to grasp as in commonsense, and more.

It further symbolises the need to be self sufficient to the point that one can complete any task without seeking assistance.

One very important point to note, in addition to my polite request to rate this article:

Some parents do not perform this ceremony until the time of their son’s marriage.  I see no logical reason to postpone or rather prolong the wait for this ceremony up until this point.  After all, the educational benefits have been lost by now, the groom – as is the case by then – is well and truly established in his own ways and is highly unlikely to amend his way of life.  After all, it’s too late to shut the stable door once the horse has bolted!

Whatever, Whenever & Wherever You Do
If Possible, Build The Bridge Before The Tide Comes In
God Bless & I Look Forward To Hearing From You

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