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Jala Visuva Sankranti – Story of Jala Sankranti - Hindu New Year in Orissa

Jala Visuva Sankranti is the first day of the Baisakh month and is observed as New Year in Orissa. The ritual is also popularly known as Mahavishuba Sankranti and Pana Sankranti and is on April 14, 2018. The story of Jala Sankranti is associated with Bhishma of the Mahabharata and is mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana.

'Bhishma after being defeated by Arjuna in the Mahabharata war was lying on a bed of arrows (Shara Sajya). Pandavas and Kauravas had assembled near him and he asked for some water. Arjun then aimed an arrow in the ground and from the crevice created by the arrow appeared Holy River Ganga to thirst the quench of Bhishma.

Out of contentment and compassion Bhishma said that those people who would offer cold water to thirsty people on this day would not only be free from all sins, but also the departed souls of their ancestors as well as the Gods in heaven would be pleased.

In remembrance of this day people in Orissa distribute water and a popular drink called Pana.

Savitri Amavasya Vrata 2018 date

Savitri Amavasya Vrata is observed by married women in Orissa and eastern parts of India for the wellbeing of husbands. Savitri Amavasya Vrata 2018 date is May 15. It falls on the Amabasya or No moon day in the month of Jyeshta (April – May). This popular observance is based on the Savitri – Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata.

Savitri Amavasya Vrata is from sunrise to sunset. An important event on the day that all married women compulsorily take part is the reading of the Sabirti Brata Katha (story of Savitri).

In some regions, the parents or brothers of married women pay for all the expenses needed for the Vrata.

You can find more about Savitri Vrata including How to observe Savitri Brata and the story of Savitri and Satyavan in this article.

Mata Amritanandamayi – Pearls of Wisdom

Turning away from a reality is like creating darkness by closing one’s own eyes. By recognizing the Universal Truth that is God, and living in accordance with that Truth, we can have a trouble-free passage through life.

Knowing one’s own mind and its lower tendencies while constantly trying to transcend them should be the focus of a sincere sadhak or spiritual aspirant.

Life brings various experiences and situations to different people according to their past karma or actions and the way they live and act in the present. Whoever you are or whatever material heights you gain, only living and thinking in a dharmic or righteous way will help you attain perfection and happiness in life.
Mata Amritanandamayi