Somayag 2017 - 1st Day

     The Rutvijas (priests) had arrived for the beginning of the Somayag.
"For every Somayag four groups of rutvijas are necessary, each well-trained in one of the four Vedas. The training takes at least 10 years and must begin at a young age for a person to be able to master all the mantras. They work as a precision-trained team, chanting for many hours daily and carrying out varied procedures, using an array of special Yajnya implements. They also perform a number of other tasks necessary to the Somayag, such as moving equipment, carrying wood, cleaning implements and helping to build some places needed during the Somayag."

The priests' guide was
Adhvaryu, Mangesh Bhavikar - pictured above.