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Confusion Regarding Ugadi date in 2017 – Why Gudi Padwa is on March 28 and Ugadi is on March 29, 2017?

There is a confusion regarding Ugadi date in 2017 in Telugu and Kannada calendars followed in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. There is doubt as to Ugadi is on March 28 or March 29, 2017. To make matters a bit more complicated, Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtra New Year, is on March 28.

Ugadi, Hindu New Year, is marked on March 29, 2017 in majority of calendars in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Even the government calendars have marked it on March 29.
Why This Confusion? The confusion because the previous day of Ugadi is Phalgun Amavasya and the tithi as per majority panchangs in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka ends at 8:12 AM on March 28.

Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi begins at 8:13 AM on March 28 and ends at 6:32 AM on March 29.

When sunrise takes place on March 29, Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi is present. Therefore Ugadi is observed on the day.

Why Gudi Padwa is on March 28 and Ugadi is on March 29? In calendars followed in western parts of India…

Amrit in Hinduism – The concept of Amrita

Amrit in Hinduism is the nectar that provides immortality. The earliest reference to Amrita is found in the Rig Veda. It is referred to as the drink of Devas, or demigods in the Puranas.

The most famous incident associated with Amrita is the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan.
Devas, demigods, and asuras, demons, join hand to churn the ocean and retrieve Amrita.

As per yoga, amrita is a fluid that is produced in a very rare deep state of meditation. It flows from the pituitary gland to the throat.

Mohini Avatar of Vishnu appeared to make sure that only Devas received the Amrita and not the Asuras.

Garuda is believed to have stolen Amrita to secure his and his mother’s freedom.
It is believed that Kusha Grass appeared when Amrita fell on the ground.

Amrit is also associated with the observance of the Kumbh Mela ritual.

The story of Grahan or eclipse in Hinduism is also associated with the quest for Amrit.

Symbolically amrit in Hinduism represents self realization. We are torn between…

Bija – Pinda – Samjna and Pada in Mantra in Hinduism

Bija, pinda, samjna and pada together form a complete mantra. They are four important parts of a mantra dedicated to a particular deity in Hinduism. Each of these parts is in itself effective as a mantra.

Among the four Bija is often used independently and thus we get to hear lot about Bija Mantra.

Any one of the four parts serves purpose of meditation.
Among four parts Bija invariably constitutes the essential part of  particular deity’s mantra.

Bija mantra is of a single word or syllable. The Beej mantras are chanted alone or along with a combination of words.

Of all beeja-mantras, the single-syllable Hayagriva beeja-mantra is the best. It is the king of mantras.

Teachings from Various Puranas

By the action of the undifferentiated air, the different notes, known as do, etc, are produced through the several holes of the flute. So, also, arising from the undifferentiated supreme Self, many states of being appear to exist. (Vishnu Purana)

From the signless comes for the sign, the universe. This sign is the object of word and touch, of smell, color and taste. It is the womb of the elements, subtle and gross. (Linga Purana 1.3.3 – 4)
Because she is the source of development, Nature (prakriti) is compared to a womb. The womb is Nature, basis of all. The enjoyer is Shiva. He is the giver of enjoyment. There is no other giver. (Shiva Purana 1.16.101)

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Hindu Calendar Today – March 20, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Monday, March 20, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 5:41 AM on March 20. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:32 AM on March 21.  All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 20, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no auspicious and good time today. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 6:50 AM on March 20. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 9:12 AM on March 21.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 9:09 AM on March 20. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 11:51 AM on March 21.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 6:50 AM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
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