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Is Ugadi on March 19 or March 20?

The controversy regarding the Ugadi date in 2007 continues.

The Andhra Pradesh government has declared holiday for Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, on March 19 instead of March 20. The government had consulted several scholars, writers of panchangams and Seers to fix the date. The government had earlier declared a holiday on March 20.

But some scholars are not happy with the March 19 Ugadi.

From a report in the Indian Express:

Telugu New Year day Ugadi should be celebrated on March 20, not 19 as ‘Padyami’ will be present till 6.33 a.m on March 20, says Yaddanapudi Ayyannapantulu.

He said in a press release that the principle of ‘Tithi’ (‘Sukla Padyami’ in this case) should be taken into account. The presence of Sukla Padyami till the time mentioned above, is called ‘Sparsa’ and it is the mathematical aspect that ought to be considered in ascertaining the day which heralds the New Year (Ugadi) as it had been done for centuries.

’Sparsa’ should be taken into consideration for the New Year Day, Ayy…

Veena Ganesha from Lladro

Lladro is a Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines.

This limited edition (2000 units) of porcelain figurine of Veena Ganesha was issued in the year 2006. It retails for $990. In India, it is priced at Rupees 47,000. Lladro signature stores are there in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.Earlier:Lenox Ganesha

Geoffrey A Oddie’s Imagined Hinduism

Imagined Hinduism - British Protestant Missionary Constructions of Hinduism, 1793-1900 is a new book by Geoffrey A Oddie – an honorary research associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, Australia. The book explores the emergence and refinement of the idea of Hinduism and the use of the term ‘Hinduism.’ Oddie says that the term was developed by British Protestant missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries.Speaking to D.Murali in Hindu Business Line Oddie says"The word Hinduism includes a vast array of different cults, traditions and sects, and some teachings which contradict others. Ideas of Advaita Vedanta, bhakti and many forms of popular worship are usually implied by the term. Quite possibly, the only thing Hindus have in common is a sense of being Hindu." Hindustan Times reports"Whatever conviction there was among travellers that India's faith and worship was a unified pan-Indian system was probably reinforced by a feeling that it wa…

Quote for the day – Swami Ashokananda

Do everything with full attention. Nothing should be done without reverence, for everything is really done unto God. You should not worship God carelessly. It is not that God will punish you, but that you will destroy your own fine sense of values. Don't trample on greatness in any form. One should have reverence for whatever one does, even if it is just an extraneous thing.Swami Ashokananda (1893-1969), Swamiji of the Ramakrishna Ashram