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In our Hindu sampradaya, commencing any Nitya Nymittika Karma with a
About Bhargavasarma ( ►  November (1)
ritual called Aachamanam followed by a Sankalpa has gained lot of 1)
significance and sanctity. An Aachamanam is the simplest of Vaidika ►  October (5)
Ahobilam (1)
karmas, yet none the less in importance than an Aswamedha Yagyam. Its ►  September (5)
importance can be well realised when we note that it forms the prelude to Akshaya Tthrutheeya (2)
►  August (13)
all the rituals. No Vaidika karma can be begun without an Aachamanam. AMAVASYA - THE
PITHRU THITHI (1) ►  July (7)

What is Aachamanam? AMAVASYA ►  June (4)

The process of reciting the names of supreme God (Maha Vishnu) while ►  May (3)
performing jalapanam (sipping drops of water) as per the Vedic scripts is Anantha Chaturdasi (Sri
Anantha Padmanabha ▼  April (5)
called Aachamanam (aachamana). It is a purification ritual wherein one Vratham) (1)
sips water three times from the Brahma-Grantha (base of the right thumb) ►  Apr 25 (1)
Ardhagiri Sri
while reciting different mantras. This is done three times to make ▼  Apr 18 (1)
Veeranjaneya Swamy (1)
ourselves free from three shortcomings, Kaayik (physical), Manasik AACHAMANA
Arka Pathra (1)
(mental), and Vaachik (spiritual). VIDHI - ITS
Ashta Vinayaka SIGNIFICAN
Darshan (Rare pictures CE
We would have observed that the priest in a temple offers theertha (sacred
of Lord Sri Vinayaka) (1)
water) three times. Number three denotes the trinal lords (Brahma, Vishnu ►  Apr 13 (1)
Bali Paadyami (4)
and Maheswara) who also represent the Rajasa, Satwa, and Tamasa
Basar (Basara) - A Rare ►  Apr 02 (2)
Gunas. These gunas are present in human beings. It is an act of purifying
Temple of Goddess
our inner body (soul) by sipping water while praying the supreme Lord, the
Saraswathi (1) ►  March (6)
Primordial Person Sri Maha Vishnu, the karaka for existence.
Bedi Aanjaneya Swamy ►  February (5)
(Tirumala) (1)
Aachamana means literally to sip. As a ritual of purification it means to sip ►  January (7)
Bhaadrapada Masam
water three times from the right hand while saying mantra, and then to
(Significance) (1)
touch various sense organs and parts of the body while reciting mantras.
Bhadrachalam (1)
This form of purification has been practiced since time immemorial. The
physical benefit of this exercise is that by sipping water thrice the throat is Bheeshmaashtami
(Bheeshma Niryana) (1)
cleared from Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas and one is then able to chant
the manthra or recite divine names clearly. Bindu Sarovara (1)
Blog Comments (2)
How is it performed? Blog Message (11)
The simplest version of performing an aachamanam is, a spoonful of water
Calendar of Important
is poured into the cupped palm of the right hand and then,

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One recites, "Kesavaya Swaaha" and sips it noiselessly, Palm tipped back
slightly, from the base of the thumb in the name of Kesava. The same act is Calendar of Margasira -
Dhanurmasam (1)
performed for a second time, with the reciting of "Narayanaya Swaaha" in
the name of Narayana. The act is performed a third time with the reciting Chandra Grahanam (1)
of "Madhavaya Swaaha" in the name of Madhava. Chaturmasam Calendar -
2010 (2)
Above act is followed by reciting the other 21 names of Lord Sri Maha Chilukuru Balaji (A rare
Vishnu by touching various sensory organs and other parts of the body. temple of Lord
Venkateshwara) (1)

1. Govindaya Namaha Concept and

Significance of Adhika
2. Vishnave Namaha Masam (2)
(Both the hands are washed)
Concept and
3. Madhusudhanaya Namaha Significance of
4. Thrivikramaya Namaha Chaturmasam (2)
(Both the upper and lower lips are touched with the right hand Concept and
fingers) Significance of
Dhanurmasam (2)
5. Vamanaya Namaha
Concept and
6. Sridharaya Namaha Significance of Hindu
(Left and right cheeks are touched) Time Element (Kalpa-
Manvanthara-Yuga) (1)
7. Hrusheekesaya Namaha (Hands are touched)
Concept and
8. Padmanabhaya Namaha (Sprinkle water on the feet)
Significance of
9. Damodaraya Namaha (Centre of the head is touched with middle Sankalpam (1)
finger) Concept of Hindu Time
10. Sankarshanaya Namaha (Edge of the nose is touched with the fist) Element (1)

11. Vasudevaya Namaha Customs and Traditions

of Dasara Festival (2)
12. Pradhyumnaya Namaha
(Left and right nostrils are touched) Dakshinayana (2)

13. Aniruddhaya Namaha Dasavathara (8)

14. Purushothamaya Namaha Deepavali - Naraka

(Right and left eyes are touched) Chaturdasi (4)

15. Adhokshajaya Namaha DEEPAVALI - The

Festival of Lights
16. Narasimhaya Namaha (Significance) (5)
(Right and left ears are touched)
Devi Navarathri -
17. Achyutaya Namaha (Navel portion is touched) Dasara (Significance) (2)
18. Janardhanaya Namaha (Chest is touched) Dhanur Vyateepaatha
Yoga (1)
19. Upendraya Namaha (Head is touched)
20. Hariye Namaha DHARBHA (KUSA
GRASS) (1)
21. Sri Krishnaya Namaha (Right and left shoulders are touched)
Dhwajaarohan on
Dwarka Temple (1)
Types of Aachamanam:
Divine Astro Remedies (
Aachamana may be of different types, arising from different scriptures (e.g.
Divine Prayers (12)
Vaidika, Srauta, Smarta, Pauranic, Tantric) according to the ceremony and
the line of teaching one is following. There can be differences in the rules Diwali festival (Dos and
Donts) (1)
followed. The difference in these achamana lies mainly in the mantras
recited. Reciting of manthras during Aachamana differs from place to Dwarka (Useful
Information) (1)
Dwarka Kshetra (10)
In some places they recite Achyutaya Namaha, Ananthaya Namaha, and Dwarka Photos (2)
Govindaya Namaha in the beginning while sipping water three times and
thereafter 24 Kesava Nama are recited by touching the body parts with (Chakrankitha) (1)
fingers. Generally family tradition is followed. Whatever may be the type of
Eclipse (6)
aachamanam followed, its very objective is one and the same that is
purification of body and the mind. It is said that Aachamanam should be
performed twice at the beginning of Sandhyavandana Kriya and once/twice Ganesha Chaturthi
(Ekavimshati Patra
at the end.

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Pooja) (1)
Basically in practice there are two types of Aachamana which are in vogue.
They are Srouthachamanam and Pouranikachamanam (also called as Ganesha Chaturthi
(Slokas) (2)
Smarthachamanam). The one which is performed with Gayathri is called
Srouthachamanam and the one which is performed with Kesavadi Namas Ganesha Symbolism (1)
is called as Pouranikachamanam. But majority follow the Garuda the Divine King
Pouranikachamanam system. However, it is said that while performing of Birds (1)
Sandhyavandana Kriya it should be performed with Pouranikachamanam Gaya Kshetra (4)
and while performing Brahma Yagyam it should be performed with
Gaya Legends (1)
Gaya Photos (1)
Gaya Shraddham (1)
Place & Posture: The place should be clean, free from any impure
items. One should sit on an asana facing East or North, in padma or Gaya the Pithru Kshethra
swastika asana. Knees and feet should not be protruding. One should not
be standing but always in the Kukkutasanam or a hen-like posture, sitting Geeta Saar (Essence of
Life) (1)
down with the soles of the feet firmly planted on the ground, the hands
between the knees. GLORY AND
Hand configuration: The right hand should be held so that the PAKSHAM (1)
forefinger, middle finger and ring finger are together and slightly bent Glory and Significance
upwards, while the little finger and the thumb are separated from the other of Sri Rama Nama (1)
three fingers. GLORY OF THULASI -

Water: The water used for sipping should be pure, cool (should not be Goddess Padmavathi
Devi (1)
hot), without foam or stagnation bubbles, without foul odor or bad taste,
untouched by fingernails or hair, or any impure items. Water, of quantity to Goddess Saraswathi (2)
cover a grain of urad dhal (Black gram), should be poured from the left Gudi Padwa (1)
hand by spoon (Uddharani) into the right palm. One should say the Guru Poornima (Vyasa
appropriate mantra and sip the water from the Brahma Tirtha of the right Poornima) (1)
hand without making any noise. Hanuman Garhi
(Naimisharanya) (1)
It is said that a Brahmana should always do Aachamana using Brahma
Hindu Festivals (5)
Theertha. He can also do it using Rishi theertha and Deva theertha but he
Hindu Religion (42)
should never do it using Pithru theertha. This classification is based on
where we hold the water in the right hand. If we hold it just below the Holy Places at Dwarka (
thumb it is Brahma Theertha. If it is held just below the little finger it is
Rishi Theertha and at the edge of four fingers, then it is Deva theertha. If it Holy Places at Gaya (1)
is held between the thumb and the first finger, it is called Pithru Theertha. Homage to Sri
Theertha Swamji (1)
When to perform Aachamanam?
Incarnations and Forms
Though an Aachamanam generally precedes all karmas, there are specific
of Lord Ganesha (1)
occasions when it is called for. They are as follows:
Itinerary of Kartheeka
Masam (1)
 As a preliminary to all nitya and naimittika karmas (daily and
occasional rituals) like Sandhyavandanam, Brahmayagyam, Jagat Mandir(Dwarka) (
Vedadhyayanam, Pitrutarpanam Mantra japam etc.
 Immediately after waking up in the morning
(Krishnaastami) (1)
 After urination and other forms of excretion
Jyothirlinga Kshetras (4)
 After brushing one’s teeth
Kapilaacharya (1)
 Before and after a bath
 After wearing clothes Karkataka Sankramana (
 Before and after a meal
Kartheeka Masam
 Speaking with or touching unsuitable persons, after telling a lie
(Significance) (3)
 Before and after giving or accepting alms or donation
 After sneezing, shedding tears or blood SACROSANCT PLACE (
 Upon physical contact with women 1)

 Before and after crossing a river Lord Ganesha (11)

Lord Ganesha An Astro

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When not to perform Aachamanam? Remedy (1)

Lord Shiva (1)
 Aachamanam is not to be done in a standing position
(exception: one may perform aachamana while standing if one is Lord Sri Rama (In a
in water which is above the knees but below the navel) nutshell) (1)

 Aachamanam is not to be done facing the west or the south, but Lord Venkateshwara (3)
always facing the east or the north. Lunar Eclipse (2)
 Aachamanam should not be done with impure or falling water,
Lunar Eclipse
as from a tap or rain, but usually with water from a river or tank, (December'2009) (1)
or from a vessel held in the left hand. When doing this in a river
Lunar Eclipse (June'
or tank, the left hand should be touching the water.
2010) (1)
 It should not be performed casually, while speaking to others,
Madhwa Saints (6)
wearing a shirt or footwear, with a covered head, with laughter
etc., but with devotion, and with the consciousness that one is Maha Shivarathri (1)
uttering the holy names of the Almighty, which purify and Mahalaya Pithru
protect. Paksham - Useful
 Aachamanam should not be done while wearing a Pavithram. Information (FAQ) (1)
While performing an aachamanam, the pavithram should be kept MAHALAYA PITHRU
in the gap between the right ear lobe and the head. This is PAKSHAM (4)
perhaps meant to avoid the sharp ends of the pavithram hurting Mahalaya Pithru
the eyes. Paksham - 2010
Schedule (1)

When Aachamanam is forbidden? Makara Sankramana (1)

Aachamanam is not to be done immediately after taking prasadam or (2)
sipping theertha as these are holy and pure and the symbolic act of Mantralaya Guru Sri
purifying oneself through aachamanam insults their holiness. Raghavendra Swamy
Vaibhavam (9)

Exemption: There is one more type of Aachamanam in vogue. It often Margasira Masam -
happens that though we need to purify ourselves through Aachamanam, Significance (1)

no water is available at the time and place. In such situations, the scripts Mathru Gaya Kshetra (4)
prescribes an easy method of purification, that of touching the tip of the Mathru Gaya Photos (1)
nose and then the right ear, uttering the Pranava mantra. It is based on the
Mukkoti Ekadasi (2)
Scriptural texts, which says that Agni resides in the Brahmana’s nose tip
and holy rivers like the Ganga in his right ear. Hence touching these two Naga Chaturthi (Garuda
Panchami) (1)
purifies a person immediately. We would have observed our elders reciting
names of God (Krishna, Govinda etc.) whenever they sneeze or yawn. Naga Dosha (Remedies)
Perhaps this is with respect to the above principle. It is to be noted that
this short cut is to be adopted only when performing the regular Nageshwar(Jyothirlinga)
Aachamanam is not possible.
Naimisharanya - A Rare
Pilgrimage (1)
Significance of Aachamanam:
Nettikanti Aanjaneya
Water is profusely glorified in the Vedas and is used in Vedic rituals for Swamy (Kasapuram) (1)
sipping, touching to parts of the body, sprinkling over the body, and for
Nrusimha Theertha
bathing the body. Taking pure, cool water internally is purifying and (Mulabagalu) (1)
invigorating, both physically and mentally; and, when this is accompanied
One Year As a Blogger (
by utterance of the names of Vishnu, one becomes filled with spiritual 1)
qualities. Aachamana is a standard form of purification, prerequisite for
Padmavathi - Srinivasa
meditation, puja, homa and other sacred activities. Kalyanam (2)
A Brahmana becomes purified in performing Aachamana if the water
Aanjaneya Swamy (1)
penetrates to the heart (i.e. by swallowing the water completely). A
Panchanga Sravanam (
Kshatriya becomes purified in performing aachamana if the water reaches
his throat. A Vaishya becomes purified if the water reaches his palate
Panki Hanuman (1)
(inside his mouth). A Shudra or Woman becomes purified if the water
touches his or her lips. Pilgrimage (Theertha
Yatra) (22)

During Aachamanam one touches various parts of the body because in Pilgrimage to Prabhasa-
Somnath (Useful
different organs of the body are located various energies and their deities.
Information) (1)
It is said that as per sage Veda Vyasa, all the deities are propitiated by the
intake of water with the Achyuta, Ananta and Govinda Nama. Wiping the

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lips pleases Ganga and Yamuna, while touching the eyes pleases Surya
and Chandra. Similarly, the Aswini Devathas are propitiated by touching of PITHRU YAGNA (6)
the nose, Agni and Vayu by the ears. With the Padmanabha mantra all the Porbandar Photos (1)
thirty-three crore Deities are pleased and the Paramatma by touching the Prabhasa Kshetra - The
head. Glory of Somanath (5)
Prabhasa Theertha (1)
When the mantra is chanted lot of heat is produced in the body due to
Prabhasa Theertha -
which the throat and the mouth can become dry. Aachamanam done three
The Sacred Land of Sri
times aims at remedying this dryness. One need not drink mouthful of Krishna Niryana (2)
water in Aachamanam. One only needs to sip as much as is required to
Prayaga - The Theertha
make the mouth and throat wet and reach the heart. Raj (Triveni Sangam) (1)

Pushya Masam -
It is said that any ritual performed without aachamanam and Sankalpa do Significance (2)
not yield any results and is useless. All karmas done without Aachamanam
are doomed to fail and would be futile. Anachamyakritham yachha yachha Mangalashtakam (1)
sankalpa varjitham, rakshasam thatbhaveth. It is said as per Bhagavatha
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
that Lord Sri Krishna had observed these rituals very strictly in his daily (1)
routine and shown to the world the significance of Aachamanam and
Ranamandala (1)
Rare Pictures of Lord Sri
Krishna (1)
Significance of Aachamana & 24 Kesava Namas
Rare Portrait of Sri
Among the Vishnu Sahasra Namas these 24 names are very important. We Krishna Devaraya (1)
recite 24 names of Lord Maha Vishnu during Aachamanam the first three
Rare Portraits of Sri
while sipping water and remaining 21 while touching the body parts. They Rayaru (Mantralayam) (
are Kesava, Narayana, Madhava, Govinda, Vishnu, Madhusudhana, 1)
Trivikrama, Vamana, Sridhara, Hrusheekesa, Padmanabha, Damodara, Rare Temples of Lord
Sankarushana, Vasudeva, Pradhyumna, Anirudhha, Purushothama, Hanuman (11)
Adhokshaja, Naarasimha, Achyuta, Janardhana, Upendra, Hari, and Sri Ratha Sapthami (3)
Nrusimha Sthothram (1)
It is said that Manu Smruthi compares these 24 names of supreme God
Sacred Places around
with 24 tatvas (elements) of creation with which the universe is formed. For Somanath (Prabhasa) (
example KesavaNama represents Avyaktha tatva, NarayanaNama 1)
represents Mahatatva, MadhavaNama represents Ahankara tatva, and Sade Theen Muhurtha (
Govindanama represents Manotatvam. Remaining twenty names 1)
represents Pancha Gnanendriyas (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin), Sankalpa Vidhanam (1)
Pancha karmendriyas, (hands, legs, speech, and two excretory organs),
Sankata Nashana Sri
Pancha Pranas (prana, apana, vyana, udana, and samana) and Pancha Ganesha Sthothram (1)
Bhoothas (sky, water, fire, air, and earth). It is said that the first three
Saraswathi Dhyana
names Kesava, Narayana, Madhava are tapatraya nivarakas. It is also said Slokas (1)
that these 24 names also represents 24 letters of Gayathri Manthra called
Beejaksharas that have influence on the human body. 1)
Shannavathi Shraaddha
For performing any Kriya one should have Anthhakarana Suddhi (Inner (1)
purity) that is possible only by praying the God by reciting the divine
Siddhpur (3)
names (manthras) and the process of Aachamanam is only meant for that
purpose. By reciting 21 names a person is getting purified bodily and by Significance of
Aachamanam (1)
reciting three names he is getting purified internally.
Significance of
Aaswayuja Masam (1)
Reciting these names of Supreme God is the link for devotion as it
cleanses the inner body of the human being that helps in attaining quick Significance of Lord Sri
Maha Ganapathi (1)
results. The name of God is so powerful that it has the capacity to
vanquish any sins and desires. Whether it is done knowingly or Significance of Snake
Worship (1)
unknowingly (without understanding its meaning and significance) reciting
the divine name will never go a waste. The best example of this is the story Significance of UGADI -
The Hindu New Year (1)
of Ajaamila as given in Ajaamilopakhyanam in Sri Mad Bhagavatham where
Ajaamila chants unknowingly the name of Lord Narayana at the time of his Significance of Vaisakha
Masam (1)
death and gets rid of his sins. The one that is done by knowing its meaning
and significance will not only eliminate the sins but also helps in gaining Solar Eclipse (4)
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