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Yugadi - Kannada and Telugu New Year in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

Yugadi (yuga and adi) means beginning of new age. It is believed that Lord Brahma started the creation process on this day. Yugadi 2018, the Telugu and Kannada New Year, falls on March 18, 2018. It is also the first day of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu calendar and ushers in the spring season.

Ugadi or Yugadi is the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu lunar calendar of Kannadigas and Telugu people. This beginning of the year is also locally referred as Chandramana Varsha Thodakuu and Vatsara Aramba. Today, Ugadi is celebrated around the world, thanks to Telugu and Kannada speaking people who have migrated to different countries.

It is believed that Lord Brahma started the creation process on this day.

Since the Telugu and Kannada New Year is based on the lunar calendar there is usually some confusion regarding the exact date in some years.

Ugadi marks the beginning of spring or the Vasant Ritu. Farmers wait for the first showers after the New Year to plough and begin …

Navya Shastra strongly condemns Puri temple cleansing after American’s entry

Navya Shastra, an international Hindu reform organization, has protested the mindless wastage of food by priests at the Jagganath Puri temple, after an American recently "defiled" the temple by entering its premises. "We are appalled to know about the mindless throwing away of large amounts of food by the Puri temple administration at the instigation of pujaris with a medieval mindset at a time and place where there are thousands of poor and hungry people," said Dr. Jaishree Gopal, Navya Shastra Chairman.The organization is equally saddened and surprised that no Hindu leader of any consequence has protested this unconscionable and anachronistic behavior. " Instead of purifying the premises, the priests should seek to purify their own hearts and minds, and, along with other leaders, set a positive example for all devotees," said Dr. Bala Aiyer, Navya Shastra advisor. "Given the high levels of malnutrition among India's children, this act, assuredl…