why is sandhya vandhanam important ? its method of doing ? how did it start ? To start sandhya vandhanam one should have Brammopadesam ...means sacred thread ceremony...if so, what is that ? please read first my answer what is '' brammopadesam '' this is the starting point to do sandhya vandhanam..
The brahmmacharis alone eligible to perform sandhyavandhanam. so, we do brahmmopadesam to the boys. so, now we see sandhyavandhana and its proceedures...
so, one is eligible to do sandhya vandhanam after under going Brammopadesam. Brammopadesam or Upanayana marks the beginning of Brahmacharya Ashrama which is set apart for the study of Vedas; this stage is said to be the second birth for him. Mere wearing of a sacred thread initiated on the Upanayana day does not make him a real Brahmacharin. It is rather the study of Vedas, learning and chanting Vedic mantras including Gayathri and Sandhyavandhana which will qualify him to be a true Brahmacharin.
What is the significance of Sandhya vandanam? and what is Sandhyavandanam?
The term SANDHYAVANDANAM is a Sanskrit compound consisting of sandhya, meaning union, or more specifically the union or junctions of day and night which takes place in the morning or evening twilight, and vandanam meaning worship. In hinduism, it is mandatory for the brahmin boys and men to perform sandhyavandanam regularly after their UPANAYANAM Sacred Thread Ceremony which conducted at their odd number age
veda mantras are done in praise of sun god and gayathri devi.If done properly it does help the one who performs it both physically and mentaly to face the world fully charged up.Since part of sandhyavandanam also teaches discipline irrespective of how the weather is,He is capable of taking cold water bath in severe winter too and to this without taking aid of any warming equipment.which is what normal mortals look to....Sandhyavandanam
What are the benefits we get out of Sandhyavandanam?
Learning and chanting Vedic mantras including Gayathri and Sandhyavandhana will qualify a person to be a true Brahmacharin.Sandhyavandanam is an amalgamation of meditation and rituals. The principles of Yoga are the basis on which the rituals of Sandhyavandanam are designed. Being an integral ritual connected with Indian Culture in a very prominent manner, Sandhyavandanam reveals the cultural identity.
What is the significance of Sandhya vandanam?
Brammacharis are required to do these prayers without fail. They consists of Arghya, Pranayam and chanting of Gayatri Mantra followed by meditation....Prayers at Sandhya time are called "Sandhyavandanam" .The main objective of Sandhyavandanam is to avail benefits of Sandhya for an individual.
The Upanayana samskara becomes a purificatory rite also for the study of the scriptures because the scriptures are so holy that to study them, one must become holy.
Vedic discipline involves Karma. This Vedic karma is particularly classified into five Karmas,i.e. Nitha Karma - Compulsory regular acticity; Naimittika karma - compulsory but conditional Karma, (Grahana etc.); kaamya Karma - activities to fulfill desires; Nishiddha Karma - actions which are prohibited and therefore should be avoided; Prayaschitta Karma-rites prescribed for making amends.
Sandhyavandana is a prescribed ‘nityakarma’. It varies according to a person’s Varna and Veda. It is different for Brahmanas, Kshatriyas and Vaisyas.
What are the benefits we get out of Sandhyavandanam? According to Veda, Nityakarmas are to be done purely for the sake of spiritual upliftment. If done regularly, we will get spiritual progress - Chitta Suddhi, Bhagavad-anugraha and Chitta Visaradha. Even though we are not supposed to ask for material benefit, still there are many material benefits through Sandhyavandanam. In the prayers that form part of the Sandhyavandanam, we ask the Lord for long life, health and prosperity and ultimately, we ask for more jnana. All these are included in the mantra. The very performance itself gives the result.
The second benefit is, since Pranayama and Japam are involved, physical health is gained. It has been proved that Pranayama is very good for physical health. To-day Pranayama is taught as a therapy. The greatest problem is stress. Sandhyavandanam is the best method because Pranayama not only helps the physical system but also helps the mind. It is a relaxation exercise, a tension relieving exercise. But we are not supposed to do that for that purpose. Relaxation should be a by-product; the primary purpose should be spiritual benefit.
What is the meaning of the word Sandhyavandanam? Vandanam means worship. Both worship and meditation are involved in Sandhyavandanam. What is the meaning of Sandhya? Sandhya means the time of union. The time which relates to the union of two things, i.e. the time between the night and morning (first junction Dawn), between forenoon and afternoon (second junction Noon) and between afternoon and evening (third Jn. Dusk); Sandhya means dawn, noon and dusk. Sandhyavandanam means a ritual done at the time of three junctions, Dawn, Noon and Dusk.
Sandhyavandanam is a junction between the devotee and the Lord. Between Jeevathma and Paramathma.
Method to do sandhya vandhana
Sandhyavandanam is to be performed thrice daily. One during sunrise(when day proceeds from night), next during midday(which is the transition from ascending sun to descending sun) and during sunset(when night takes over from day).
Now i give you link. please read carefully where full mantras and other details are there. Hope this will help you and clear your doubts.
@Edited...All gave very good answers. very nice to read. you are lucky for having an answer from shri srividya rajagopalan sir. i have to thank shri The Bull, because he made all to answer this question.