Confusion Regarding Ugadi date in 2017 – Why Gudi Padwa is on March 28 and Ugadi is on March 29, 2017?
There is a confusion regarding Ugadi date in 2017 in Telugu and Kannada calendars followed in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. There is doubt as to Ugadi is on March 28 or March 29, 2017. To make matters a bit more complicated, Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtra New Year, is on March 28.
Ugadi, Hindu New Year, is marked on March 29, 2017 in majority of calendars in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Even the government calendars have marked it on March 29.
Why This Confusion?
Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi begins at 8:13 AM on March 28 and ends at 6:32 AM on March 29.
When sunrise takes place on March 29, Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi is present. Therefore Ugadi is observed on the day.
Why Gudi Padwa is on March 28 and Ugadi is on March 29?In calendars followed in western parts of India, Amavasya Tithi ends at 8:27 AM on March 28.
Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi begins in Maharashtra at 8:28 AM on March 28 and ends at 5:44 AM on March 29.
The tithi ends before sunrise on March 29 so Gudi Padwa isobserved in Maharashtra on March 28.
Websites Creating Confusion
The confusion is largely created by some websites on Internet that say they provide calendar for respective regions. But they are really cheating people. They follow a software which is based on Hindu calendar in Maharashtra (western parts of India). This they apply to all regions but all regions have separate panchangs. There is also time difference in some months especially due to sunrise.
Some websites have even published dates of Ugadi for next 100 years. These are software created pages which do not take into account various factors.
Certain Mutts Have Different ApproachSome mutts which have a different method of calculation for festivals, fasting and rituals also might be observing it on March 28. This is because for them it is not sunrise that is important but the majority period of tithi.