significance of anadhyayana

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Sun Jun 18 01:06:13 CDT 2000

On Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Raghavendra Hebbalalu wrote:

> namaste,
>       In the traditional panchangas, we find several
> days designated as anadhyayana or sets of days as
> anadhyayana-traya and so on. I am aware that the
> adhyayana spoken of there is vedAdhyayana. But I am
> not aware of the exact reasons of why a particular day
> is designated so. Is it ordained that vedAdhyayana on
> that day is a strict no-no ? Or is it all right for
> vedaadhyayana to be skipped that day ?

I would think the latter.  It is the formal svadhyaya or Brahmayajna which
is omitted.

>  The second
> question arises because shrii shankara exhorts us to
> 'vedo nityamadhiiyataaM'.

Note even on those days the other nityakarmas still have to be performed
so that would fulfill the requirement.  It would be a good idea to get
guidance from a learned shastri on this though.

btw. There are certain occasions on which there is anadhyayana but not
specific tithis.  (Not according to my Panchang anyway.)  There is
anvadhana though.  On these days even those whoare not agnihotris have to
do agnisthapana.  Is this the same thing or am I confusing it with
something else?

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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