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Why is Vishu Held on April 15 and on April 14?

In some years, Vishu is held on April 15 and not on April 14. Why? This is because Vishu is decided based on the transition of the sun from Meena Rashi to Mesha Rashi (Meda Rasi). Vishukani and Vishu is observed after the Sun enters Mesha Rashi. Vishu in 2014 is on April 15.

This means the transition should take place before sunrise on April 14 to observe it on the day. If the transition is after sunrise on April 14 then Vishu is observed on April 15.
Thus Medam 1 in Malayalam calendar will be on April 14 but Vishu will be observed the next day on April 15.

Rahu Ketu Peyarchi 2016 date - Raghu Kethu Transit date in 2016

Rahu Ketu Peyarchi is related to astrology and horoscope and is the transition of Rahu and Ketu in 2016 – two of the Navgrahas whose planetary movements are important in astrological calculations. Rahu Ketu Peyarachi in 2016 date is January 30. Rahu will move to Simha Rashi or Leo and stay there for next 18 months.
Rahu and Ketu when placed in appropriate houses in a person’s horoscope is said to be highly beneficial. Some astrologers are also of the opinion that when they enter the wrong house in a horoscope they can create problems.
Those people who believe in astrology perform special pujas and rituals in Navgraha temples on the day to attain benefits and to stay away from troubles.
You may also like to read Raaghu Peyarchi Festival at Thirunageswaram Raghu Temple

Precepts from Upanishads

One should wake up the mind merged in sleep; one should bring the dispersed mind into tranquility again; one should know when the mind is tinged with desire; one should not disturb the mind established in equipoise. One should not enjoy happiness in that state; but one should become unattached through discernment. When the mind established in steadiness wants to issue out, one should concentrate it with diligence. (Mandukya Upanishad Karika, 3.44–5)
Taking hold of the bow, the great weapon familiar in the Upanishads, one should fix on it an arrow sharpened with meditation. Drawing the string, O good-looking one, hit that very target that is the Imperishable with the mind absorbed in Its thought.  (Mundaka Upanishad, 2.2.3)
As oil in the sesame seed, butter in the curd, water in the stream, fire in the arani wood, so is the Atman in one’s self to be discovered by one who realizes it through truth and tapasya. (Brahma Upanishad, 17)