studies of sandhyopAsana

Nikhil Rao marpally_n_p at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jul 2 23:39:51 UTC 1999

While this is not a direct answer to your question. Acharis
(Goldsmiths, Carpenters ) do wear the sacred thread. What veda/sutra is
followed by them I dont know. Also a few amongst the Vaisya community
also undergo the Upanayana. The arasu(s) in Karnataka may have a
tradition of upanayana.

In Maharashtra, some of the CKPs (chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhus)
undergo upanayana.
--- Prasad Velusamy <prasad_velusamy at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Claude Setzer writes:
> >Sandhya is not only for Brahmans, but "should" be
> done by anyone who has
> >had upanayana which is prescribed for "all three"
> castes. In practice, I
> >know many Brahmans who have not had upanayana, and
> some non-Brahmans who
> >have.
> Are there any studies about non-brahmin castes
> having upanayana
> ceremony. In the South, what would be the percentage
> of
> population doing upanayana and sandhyopAsana
> rituals.
> Any non-brahmin Tamil castes having these rituals?
> Thanks.
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