"Upanayana means to take or lead the child near the Guru. Upanayana marks the beginning of Brahmacharya Ashrama, this stage is said to be the second birth. It is to study of Vedas, learning and chanting Vedic mantras including Gayathri and Sandhyavandhana which will qualify him to be a true Brahmacharin. The importance of the upanayana ceremony makes a person fit to receive instruction in the vedas and spread their divine power through out the world. The tonsure ceremony is called Chowlam.