Initiation of young boys into the rituals of ' Brahmacharya' (disciplined and controlled living) is a special event for some communities living in India. The occasion of a boy leaving home for education is called Upanayanam (the half-marriage). With the performance of the Upanayanam, he becomes 'twice-born' or dvija. According to custom, Upanayanam of a Brahmin is conducted during the spring, Kshatriya in the summer, and Vaishya in the autumn. The Upanayanam for a brahmin should be conducted when the child is eight years old, for Kshatriya it will be at the age of 11, and Vaishya at the age of 12.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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