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What is Tithi in Hindu Calendar? – How is Thithi Calculated in Panchangam?

A tithi in a Hindu calendar is a lunar day. Amavasya (No moon or new moon) happens when the longitudes of the sun and the moon are equal. A Thithi is calculated when the moon moves 12 degrees eastwards from the sun. This is the first Tithi and is known as Pratipada Thithi during Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon. When the moon moves 180 degrees it is Purnima or full moon and when the moon moves 360 degrees it is again Amavasya.There are 15 Tithis in a fortnight. The Length of a TithiSince the motions of the sun and the moon are always varying in speed, the length of a Tithi constantly alters. Some times a tithi can be as long as 26 hours and as less as 21 hours 34 minutes and 24 seconds. This means the time a tithi begins varies with the general time followed in a country. Same Tithi on two days and Two Tithis on one daySometimes a tithi might begin and end on the same day. Thus there will be two tithis on a day. For example – you might see a Tritiya and Chaturthi on the same dayS…

Theppam Festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Theppam Festival held at the Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai marks the culmination of the 12-day Theppam and Thaipusam festival held at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple.

On the day, the deities Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) and Lord Sundareswarar (Shiva) are taken out to attend the Theppam Festival at Marriamman Theppakulam (pond). The deities move through the pond on specially designed floats for the ritual.

On the Theppam Festival day, no pujas and rituals are held at the MaduraiMeenakshiSundareswararTemple.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – Food for Thought

To ward off evil tendencies, human beings should develop the ability to accept and nourish healthy thoughts.Violent attitude is robbing away peace and love among human beings. And it is because of nurturing selfish thoughts that society no longer believes in unity, but in individual isolation. This selfish attitude has been firmly entrenched in our minds. Instead, people must attain pleasure by devoting more time in serving society.While striving to take humans to the stars, there must also be attempts to bring back humanity to earth.Mata Amritanandamayi Devi