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The thread is actually three threads, each consisting of three strands.

There is a solemn religious rite that inducts the little boy into youth, followed by an exchange of gifts among family members, and finally a sumptuous feast.

I was seven years old when I first saw a Sacred Thread ceremony.

It could be called the "Hindu Bar Mitzvah"--the coming-of-age ceremony for a boy when his parents believe he is mature enough to learn our sacred scriptures.

This ritual, known as the Sacred Thread ceremony (the Upanayanam in Sanskrit), can take place during any odd-numbered year in a boy's life, usually when he is seven, nine, or 11 years old.

The father teaches his son the Gayathri Mantra under a dhoti, which is spread out like a tent. To my brother, the mantra was an opportunity to tease his little sister.

Each time I asked him what they had told him, he would give me a mischievous smile and tell me “a secret.”Even though I had watched my brother perform the rituals associated with this ceremony, I never understood what it was all about.

The thread is white in color and circular, being tied end-to-end.

It is supported on the left shoulder and wrapped around the body, falling underneath the right arm.

The gods and the ancestral spirits are invoked to bless the boy before he receives the Sacred Thread.

After receiving blessings from his parents and other elders in the family, and a few other rituals, he puts on the thread.

In the climax of the ceremony, called the Brahmopadesam, the boy’s father becomes his guru/teacher, and under the cover of a white cloth, called a veshti in southern India and dhoti in the north (and usually worn around a man’s waist), the father whispers the powerful Gayathri Mantra into his son's ears.