Upanayanam is an important stage among the sixteen procedures observed in Hindu religion, known as Shodasha Samskars. Upanayanam is also known as Brahmopadesham, Janoi, Janeu, Poonal, and sacred thread ceremony. Traditionally, Upanayanam ceremony is the Samskar performed to the child before he is sent to study in the Gurukul under ‘Brahmacharya’.
You will perform Upanayanam Vidhi to your child and initiate him with Brahmopadesham, thereby making him eligible to study the Vedic Scriptures. The sacred ‘Gayatri Mantram’ is enounced during the initiation and the child wears the sacred ‘Yagnopavitam’ (holy thread)
Upanayanam ceremony can be performed at one’s residence or one can also choose to perform Upanayanam in a Kshetra, as they are believed to bring in special benefits.