Upakarma is an ancient annual Vedic ritual followed by Brahmins in Shravan month or Bhadrapad month (August – September) depending on the Veda they follow or read. Changing of Yagnopaveetha is the main ritual followed on Upaakarma day.
Here are the dates of Upakarma 2017
Rig Veda Upakarma 2017 – 28 July 2017
Sama Veda Upakarma or Sama Upakarma 2017 – 25 August 2017
Krishna Yajurveda Upakarma 2017 – 6 September 2017
Shukla Yajurvedi Upakarma or Yajur Upakarma 2017 – 6 September 2017
Hayagriva Jayanti | Jandhyala Purnima – 7 August 2017
Gayatri Japam – 8 August 2017
Upakarma means the ‘beginning’ in Sanskrit as it is the most auspicious day to start Vedic studies.
Rig Upakarma and Yajur Upakarma are observed in Shravan month whereas Sama Upakarma is observed in Bhadrapad month. Shravan Purnima is also observed as Hayagriva Jayanthi. To honor Lord Hayagriva, the protector of Chatur Vedas, Brahmins observe Upaakarma on Shravani Purnima day.