By Swami Harshananda
Śukriya is one of the four Vedavratas, preparatory disciplines undertaken before the study of the four Vedas. It should be observed for 3 days or 12 days or even one year, as directed by the Vedic teacher. After this, the study of the main parts of the Rgveda is begun. Upanayāna has to be performed again before beginning this vrata.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore