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The Greatness of Sandhyaa is brought out by many ancient seers and texts.Manuscripts categorically states that one can get rid of his sins by the performance of Sandhyavandana.
Achamanam (Sipping of Water)
Thirtha (water), which is poured with a spoon in the left hand, is sipped with the palm of the right hand, three times uttering three names.
The repetition of Gaayatri Mantra is to ensure good intelligence which is the faculty distinguishing a main form an animal. One can perform the Japa 28,64,108 or even 1008 times according to ones capacity.
Om bhoorbhuvas-svaha | Om tatsavithurvarenyam bhargo daevasya dheemahi |Diyo yo naha prachodayat Om |