Registration No: S61SS0064H
“Veda Nivas”, 108A Owen Road, Singapore 218915

UPAKARMA 2021

Namaskaram.

Upakarma is an important ritual prescribed by our sastras for all brahmins.

This year, with restrictions placed by the Govt due to COVID19, Sabha is taking alternative steps to ensure that all community members are able to participate in the upakarma. 

We request you to read the details below and participate in large numbers in the Upakarma, despite the challenging circumstances.

UPAKARMA and GAYATRI JAPAM DATES

Rig Upakarma              Saturday, 21 August 2021 -  ONLINE VIDEO GUIDE FROM 6 AM ONWARDS

Yajur Upakarma           Sunday, 22 August 2021 -  ONLINE VIDEO GUIDE WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 6 AM ONWARDS

IN-PERSON BATCH - 10 AM at PGP HALL, 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123
(STRICTLY FOR REGISTERED THALAI AVANI AVITTAM VADUS ONLY)
(Anyone arriving without registration will be provided materials after collecting the dakshina and courteously requested to perform upakarma at their homes. This is per the restrictions placed by PGP Hall management)

Gayatri Japam             Monday, 23 August 2021 (FOR ALL VEDAS)

6 AM at PGP HALL, 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123
(STRICTLY FOR REGISTERED THALAI AVANI AVITTAM VADUS ONLY)
(Anyone arriving without registration will be courteously requested to perform at the comfort of their homes.
This is per the restrictions placed by the PGP Hall management
)

Sama Upakarma          Thursday, 9 September 2021 -  ONLINE VIDEO GUIDE FROM 6 AM ONWARDS

GENERAL POINTS TO NOTE

1. All Upakarmas - Rig, Yajur and Sama Upakarmas will be conducted online for everyone with one exception.
EXCEPTION: ONLY for those boys who have had their Upanayanam last year and are doing the Upakarma for the first time (Thalai Avani Avittam), Upakarma will be conducted in person. SEE SPECIAL NOTE ON THALAI AVANI AVITTAM BELOW)

3. Upakarma sets will be dispatched by Singpost (Until 10 August) or will be available for collection from specified locations (On and after 11 August)

4. You do not need to be a member of SDBBS to register for Upakarma. However, SDBBS members pay a significantly lower dakshina rate. If you wish to sign up for SDBBS membership, please visit www.sdbbs.org/membership. Register for Upakarma only after your membership is approved in order to obtain membership rates.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS

Step 1: If you are a SDBBS MEMBER, first login to your SDBBS account at www.sdbbs.org/member/login and access the registration link from the "Member Services Home" Page.If you do not login, you will not receive the member-only rates.

Step 2: Click on this Register for Upakarma link. 

Step 3: Provide accurate contact details, so that Upakarma Sets and Online Access Details reach you.

Step 4: Make payment and check your email for acknowledgement email. 

 

DAKSHINA FOR UPAKARMA

1. The dakshina is an expression of gratitude for our purohits who guide us in the performance of our dharma. This year, the dakshina is payable during the registration process itself.

2. The minimum prescribed dakshina rates per individual for Upakarma are $15 (for SDBBS members only), and $30 (for non-SDBBS members). Participants who wish to contribute a higher dakshina to the purohits can do so during the registration process itself.

3. A logistics fee of $2 per upakarma set is additionally charged to address extra costs incurred in obtaining and distributing the upakarma sets to members.

 

ABOUT UPAKARMA SETS

1. Every Upakarma Set will consist of

  1. 2 Pavithram (1 for Upakarma, 1 for Gayatri Japam)
  2. Poonal / Yagjopavitham (1/2/3 based on your selection during registration)
  3. Small packet of Rice and Sesame

2. One Upakarma set is meant for 1 person for Upakarma and Gayatri Japam

3. You can order upto 5 Upakarma sets in a single registration. If you need more than 5 sets, submit a second registration.

 

ONLINE ACCESS TO UPAKARMA

1. Sabha Purohits will guide the registered Upakarma participants through an online video guide. 

2. Details for the online video guide will be sent by email to registered participants 2 days before the Upakarma.

3. Please add the following email addresses to your “Safe Senders List” to ensure that the email is not sent to spam folders - sdbbs.sg@gmail.com and webmaster@sdbbs.org

 

THALAI AVANI AVITTAM (FIRST UPAKARMA)

DETAILS

1. Boys who have had their Upanayanam last year and are doing the Upakarma for the first time (Thalai Avani Avittam Vadu) are enjoined by our sastras to perform Naandi Shraddham during Upakarma and Gayatri Homam. Due to this requirement, Upakarma and Gayatri Homam will be conducted in person.

2. ONE person can accompany the vadu and perform their upakarma also in person. Since the Upakarma will be done in person for the Vadu, Upakarma sets will NOT be sent by post.

3. Please bring your smartphone along since the venue PGP Hall has SafeEntry requirements

MATERIALS TO BE BROUGHT BY VADU

Every Thalai Avani Avittam vadu has to bring the following items:

1. Panchapatram (tumbler and spoon)
2. Tambalam (plate)
3. Samith - 1100 nos (This is available from stores in Little India area)

DAKSHINA

Dakshina for SDBBS Members: $100 (inclusive of Upakarma, Naandi Shraddham and Gayatri Homam). SDBBS members must login before registration to obtain their member-only rates.

Dakshina for non-members:  $200 (inclusive of Upakarma, Naandi Shraddham and Gayatri Homam)

REGISTRATION PROCESS

Step 1: If you are a SDBBS MEMBER, first login to your SDBBS account at www.sdbbs.org/member/login and access the registration link from the "Member Services Home" Page.If you do not login, you will not receive the member-only rates. 

Step 2: Click on the Register for FIRST Upakarma link 

Step 3: Make payment and check your email for acknowledgement email. 

For further details, you may contact the Sabha Purohits at the below mentioned numbers.

 

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the process, please call our purohits or email to mc@sdbbs.org 

Our Purohits

Sri Sathyanarayana Ghanapatigal 9062-1549

Sri Dinesh Sastrigal 9271-1502

 

UPAKARMA 2021

Rig Upakarma              Saturday, 21 August 2021 

Yajur Upakarma           Sunday, 22 August 2021 

Gayatri Japam             Monday, 23 August 2021 (FOR ALL VEDAS)

Sama Upakarma          Thursday, 9 September 2021

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Education Merit Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Education Merit Awards are invited.  Click here for the 2021 Education Merit Award Form

Please go through the guidelines before submission. Completed forms, with copies of all relevant certificates should be sent via email to mc@sdbbs.org 

Forms submitted via post will NOT be accepted. Nominations close on 31 August 2021. Late submissions will strictly not be accepted.

Measures taken by Sabha for COVID-19

Dear Members,

The Government of Singapore has announced Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with effect from 14 June 2021.

In light of this announcement, Sabha is also adopting the following stricter measures with effect from Monday, 14 June 2021.

FOR ALL QUERIES, PLEASE CONTACT SABHA PUROHITS OVER PHONE AT THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS

Sri Sathyanarayana Ghanapatigal 9062-1549
Sri Dinesh Sastrigal 9271-1502

OUR REQUEST 

  • As the situation evolves over the next few weeks, Sabha purohits might contact you and request your flexibility in terms of the timing of the booked service. Please be aware that Sabha purohits only make this request as a last resort due to exigent circumstances.
  • We request for your understanding, co-operation and flexibility in facilitating the conduct of our dharmic duties as well as enabling others to do the same.

AT VEDA NIVAS

  • Hiranya Shraddham will continue to be performed at Veda Nivas subject to a strict cap of only 5 visitors per day.  
  • Only the karta (1 person) will be permitted for one Hiranya Shraddham
  • Monthly Poojas will continue to be held at Veda Nivas with only the Sabha purohits performing the poojas. The poojas will be telecast over Sabha Vani.

AT RESIDENCES

  • Sabha Purohits will conduct Poojas, Homam and other activities at residences. 
  • Booking for Sabha purohit services, automatically implies that the karta agrees that they will not breach the cap of 5 unique visitors, inclusive of Sabha purohits, per day at their residences. 

AMAVASYA TARPANAM 

  • Amavasya Tarpanam will continue based on a booking basis.

NO DISRUPTION

  • Apara Karyams-Last rites (to the best possible, restrict the number of persons as per Government directive)

As per directives of the Government, Sabha purohits will wear a face mask or a face shield and maintain social distancing during the conduct of the services.

Sabha, along with Purohits retain the right to refuse services.

Sabha will revise these measures from time-to-time depending upon changing circumstances.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email the MC mc@sdbbs.org or contact our purohits.

With prayers for the welfare of the world,

SDBBS MC

 

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