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Yagyopaveet is made up of a few sacred threads in the shape of a round garland type. It is given at the time of Yagyopaveet Sanskaar, when a boy enters in adulthood. This is a cord of three threads, each of nine twisted strands. It is made of cotton for Braahman, hemp for Kshatriya, or wool for Vaishya. It is a great sin to remove it. While wearing it, Braahman whispers Gaayatree Mantra in the boy's ears. It should be known that Gaayatree Mantra can be spoken only by three higher Varn people. The wearer has several rules to follow. It can be changed only at certain times. After this ceremony the people are called "twice-born". It has some rules also to follow. If the person is unable to follow the rules, he may opt not to wear it, ut Sanskaar has to be performed.
The Yagyopaveet has three threads or three strands. One is called Kaayaa Dand, another is Vaag Dand, and the third is Mano Dand - that controller of body, speech and mind. They are also emblematic of the three Gun - Sat, Raj, and Tam.
"Shraut smaart vihit nitya-karmaa anushthaan sadaachar yogyataa siddhyaartham,
How to Wear It
According to [Padm Puraan, 3/4] this thread, when first wear as a garland, then take out his right hand, and keep it on his left shoulder, it is called "Upaveet". Yagyopaveet should always be kept like this. When it is worn like a garland, it is called "Niveet". And when it is worn over right shoulder, under left arm, it is called "Praacheenaaveet (Apasavya). One should wear it in this way in Pitar worship (Shraaddh, Tarpan etc). While being in Havan place, near Braahman and elderly people, at the time of Sandhyaa worship, one should wear Yagyopaveet as "Upaveet". This is Sanaatan method to wear it.
way to wear it as follows --
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/24/13