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April Panchanga

29 Mar

April 2015 – Monthly Panchanga

Manmatha Samvatsara –Uttarayana

Vasantha Ritu –Chaitra / Vaishaka Masa


Important events for the month of April are appended below for information and guidance.

01 Apr 2015 – Wednesday

  • Pradhosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

02 Apr 2015 – Thursday

  • Sri Mahaveer Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಮಹಾವೀರ್ ಜಯಂತಿ

03 Apr 2015 – Friday

  • Satyanarayana Pooja
  • ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೂಜೆ

04 Apr 2015 -Saturday

  • Full Moon
  • ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ
  • Bengaluru Karaga
  • ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕರಗ

06 Apr 2015 –Monday

  • Venus enters Taurus. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಕೃತ್ತಿಕೆ ೨ ವೃಷಭೇ ಶುಕ್ರ

07 Apr 2015 –Tuesday

  • Sankasta Chaturthi
  • ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ಚತುರ್ಥಿ

09 Apr 2015 – Thursday

  • Jupiter turns Direct
  • ಗುರು ವಕ್ರತ್ಯಾಗ

12 Apr 2015 – Sunday

  • Mercury enters Aries. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ೧ ಮೇಷೆ ಬುಧ

14 Apr 2015 – Tuesday

  • Sun enters Aries. Sun is good in 3,6,10 & 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ೧ ಮೇಷ ರವಿ
  • Mesha Sankramana
  • ಮೇಷ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ
  • Sauramana Ugadi
  • ಸೌರಮಾನ ಉಗಾದಿ

16 Apr 2015 –Thursday

  • Pradhosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

18 Apr 2015 – Saturday

  • New Moon
  • ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ

21 Apr 2015 – Tuesday

  • Akshaya Tritiya
  • ಅಕ್ಷಯ ತೃತೀಯ
  • Parasurama Jayanthi
  • ಪರಶುರಾಮ ಜಯಂತಿ
  • Sri Basaveshwara Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಬಸವೇಶ್ವರ ಜಯಂತಿ

23 Apr 2015 – Thursday

  • Sri Shankara Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಶಂಕರ ಜಯಂತಿ
  • Sri Gayathri Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಗಾಯತ್ರಿ ಜಯಂತಿ

24 Apr 2015 – Friday

  • Sri Ramanujacharya Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜಾಚಾರ್ಯ ಜಯಂತಿ

25 Apr 2015 – Saturday

  • Sri Bhagiratha Jayanthi
  • ಭಗೀರಥ ಜಯಂತಿ

27 Apr 2015 -Monday

  • Mercury enters Taurus. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಕೃತ್ತಿಕೆ ೨ ವೃಷಭೇ ಬುಧ

28 Apr 2015 –Tuesday

  • Sri Vasavamba Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ವಾಸವಾಂಬ ಜಯಂತಿ
  • Sri Nimishamba Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ನಿಮಿಷಾಂಬ ಜಯಂತಿ

29 Apr 2015 -Wednesday

  • Brihaspati Jayanthi
  • ಬೃಹಸ್ಪತಿ ಜಯಂತಿ


Lunar Eclipse

On Saturday, 04 Apr 2015 there will be Total Lunar Eclipse (some people call this partial eclipse because of short period of totality). Part of this is visible in India. The details for Bangalore are as follows:

  • Eclipse begins – 1547 hrs. Not visible since Moon is below horizon
  • Maximum eclipse -1730 hrs. Not visible since Moon is below horizon
  • Eclipse ends – 1915 hrs. Visible in Bangalore
  • Moon rise in Bangalore – 1830 hrs.
  • Duration of visibility in Bangalore – 45 minutes.

People born in Hasta Nakshatra, Kanya Rashi are affected and need to take precaution and perform Pooja / homa.

Disclaimer: This Almanac is published as an advisory only. Individuals are requested to use their discretion and consequently the author is not responsible for any damage / loss suffered by them.











Happy Ugadi /Yugadi 2015

19 Mar

 Happy Ugadi /Yugadi

Happy Ugadi to all the readers. May the Lord bless you and your family with good health and prosperity all through this new year, “Manmatha” Samvatsara.

    This year Ugadi is celebrated on 21 March 2015.

                     Ugadi/Yugadi (Kannada: ಯುಗಾದಿ)
The word Yugadi canbe explained as; ‘Yuga’ is the word for ‘epoch’ or ‘era’, and ‘aadi’ stands for ‘the beginning’. Yugadi specifically refers to the start of the age we are living in now, Kali Yuga. Kali Yuga started the moment when Lord Krishna left the world. Maharishi Vedavyasa describes this event with the words “Yesmin Krishno divamvyataha, Tasmateeva pratipannam Kaliyugam”.Kali Yuga began on Feb 17/18 mid-night 3102 BC.
Indian calendar reckons dates based on the Shalivahana era (Shalivahana Shaka), which begins its count from the supposed date of the founding of the Empire by the legendary hero Shalivahana. The Satavahana king Shalivahana (also identified as Gautamiputra Satakarni) is credited with the initiation of this era known as Shalivahana. The Salivahana era begins its count of years from the year corresponding to 78 AD of the Gregorian calendar. Thus, the year 2000 AD corresponds to the year 1922 of the Salivahana Era.
In the terminology used by this lunar calendar (also each year is identified as per Indian Calendar) Yugadi falls on “Chaitra Shuda Paadyami” or the first day of the bright half of the Indian month of Chaitra. This generally falls in the months of March or April of the Gregorian calendar. In 2015, Ugadi falls on 21 March 2015.Lunar calendars have a sixty year cycle (Samvatsaras) and starts the new year on Yugadi i.e., on “ChaitraSudhdha Paadyami”. After the completion of sixty years, the calendar starts anew with the first year.This year it is “Manmatha” Samvatsara.
Yugadi (start of New Year) is based on Bhāskara II lunar calculations in 12th century. It starts on the first new moon after Sun crosses equator from south to north on Spring Equinox. However, people celebrate Yugadi on the next morning as Indian day starts from sun rise.
The Karnataka people celebrate the festival with great fanfare; gatherings of the extended family and a sumptuous feast is ‘de rigueur’. The day, however, begins with ritual showers (oil bath) followed by prayers, and then the eating of a specific mixture Bevu-Bella( ಬೇವು-ಬೆಲ್ಲ) – Neem & Jaggery  which symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise) which should be accepted together and with equanimity.
Special dishes
In Karnataka a special dish called Obbattu or Holige, is prepared on this occasion. It consists of a filling (Bengal gram and jaggery/sugar boiled and made in to a paste) stuffed in a flat roti like bread. It is usually eaten hot/cold with ghee or milk topping or coconut milk at some places of Karnataka.
Recitation / Reading of Almanac
Later, people traditionally gather to listen to the recitation of the religious Panchanga (almanac) of the New Year, and the general forecast of the year to come. This is called the ‘Panchanga Shravana’, an informal social function where an elderly and respected person refers to the new almanac and makes a general benediction to all present.
Festival Wishes
When you meet any people and want to wish them for New Year, you say In Kannada, “Yugadi Habbada ShubhashayagaLu” (Greetings for the festival of Yugadi) or “Hosa varshada shubhashayagaLu” (Greetings on the new year).

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