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2012 Hindu calendar

Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.

2012 Hindu Calendar

Many have asked us to compile an article on the Hindu calendar for example what are the Festi vals dates, Ekadashi, Panchak, Rahu kalam and Eclipse ?

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2012 Hindu calendar
Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.

Firstly the Festival dates are the dates that Hindu observes. This is quite self explanatory. For example for Shree Ganesh Chaturthi, we have a full explanation of this very important festival date on our website. Many ask what is this festival all about and how do we go about celebrating it ...hence this website is meant to make people from all cultures more aware of these important Hindu festival dates. We have included a few more festival dates below that are not generally on the typical Hindu calendar.

Prem Namaste, Vanakum, Hare Krsna, Jai Shree Krsna, Jai Shree Raam

*** Do note the information given below for the festival dates is from the S.A Hindu Maha Sabha. We don’t take any responsibility for the information supplied below. We have done this for Hindu uniformity within South Africa. Should you have any issues with the dates below please do contact them on 031 3091951 or email sahms@worldonline.co.za *** .

{Another point of note when you see a * before a prayer date it means this is not in the general Hindu calendar that Hindus have in their homes. I have added these dates because these equally important prayer dates seems to be ignored every year }

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2012 Hindu calendar
Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.

Fast, Festival or Celebration

Makar Sankranti = 14th January Thai Pongal = 15th January

Vasant Panchami = 28th January

* Varahadeva Jayanti = 4th February

* Nityananda Jayanti = 5th February

Thai Poosam Kavady = 6-7th February

Maha Shivaratri = 20th February

* Gaura Purnima = 8th March

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1st April Shree Raam Naumi = 1st April Hanuman Jyanthi = 6th April Tamil New Year = 13th April * Sita Jayanti = 30th April Chitra Paruvam = STILL TO BE CONFIRMED 4 / 38 . Holika Dahan = 8th March Hindi New Year = 23rd March Telugu New Year = 23rd March Ramayana Week (First Navaratri) = 23rd March .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.

2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.. For more info on this please visit our website). this is incorrect.. Guru Purnima = 3rd July Naag Panchami = 23rd July 5 / 38 . Vaikasi Visagam = STILL TO BE CONFIRMED * Nrsimha Appearance day = 5th May * Ganga Puja = 31th May Nirjala Ekadashi = 1st June (Do note the Hindu Calenders state 31 st May.

Vara Lakshmi Vratam = 27th July * Balarama Appearance Day = 2nd August Raksha Bandhan = 2nd August Gita Week = 3rd .10th August Krishna Ashtami = 10th August Purushottam Adhik Maas = 18th August (starts @17h54 on 17th Aug) – 15th September (ends on the 16th @ 04h0 9) * Purattasi = 17th September .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.16th October Ganesh Chaturthi = 19th September * Radhastami = 23rd September * Vamana Jayanti = 26th September 6 / 38 .

Pitr Paksh Ends = 15th October @ 14h01 Mahalaya Paksham = 30th September – 15th October Navaratri = 16th October – 23rd October (Yes Navaratri is 8 days this year) Shree Saraswati Pooja = 21st October Shree Durga Puja = 22nd October Vijay Dashami = 24th October * Sharad Purnima = 29th October * Start of Damodara (Kartik) Maas = 30th October (starts @ 21h48) – 28th November (ends @ 16h44) 7 / 38 . Offer 1st water oblations (Tarpana) in the morning of the 30th after sunrise.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Pitr Paksh Starts = 30th Sept @ 05h18.

2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Hence the 13th will be Amavasya (New/ No Moon) night. * Karwa Chauth = 3rd November Dhan Trayodashi = 11th November Naraka Chaturdasi = 12th November Deepavali / Lakshmi Puja = 13th November (Read below for more information) Amavasya (New Moon)starts on the 13th November 03h43 and ends on the 14th at 00h06. Govardhan Pooja = 14th November Gujarati New Year = 14th November Skanda Sashti = 18th November Prabhodhini Ekadashi = 24th November Karthigai Deepam = 27th November 8 / 38 .

* Purnima (Full Moon) Monday = 9th January. 9 / 38 . * Shani Pradosham (Trayodashi Saturday) = 7th. 13th .Saturday. 12th. 27th Oct. Kartik Purnima = 28th November Gita Jayanti = 23rd December Additional important dates: - * Shani (Saturn) Amavasya (New Moon) = 21st April . * Soma Pradosham (Trayodashi Monday) = 16th July. 26th November. 4th June and 29th October. 21st January.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. 2nd June. * Somvaar Amavasya (New/No Moon) = 23rd January and 15th October.

According to scriptures we take on sins (and even more obstacles in one's life) on this day if we consume grains since PAAP PURUSHA (sin personified) resides only in grains on this day. Let me explain. "I will burn up all his sins. Please try to observe these very important days. with regards to Diwali. shaving and cutting one's nails. Lord Krishna says that if a person fasts on Ekadashi. Secondly Ekadashi. Ekadashi occurs twice in a month. what not to have and 100's of  very simple recipes to cook on this day. For more info on Ekadashi fasting days plz visit this  website  click ( HERE ). If one does not know what to cook on this day then we can advise you on what to do. Indeed this day is the most meritorious day for destroying all kinds of sins. Fortunately in 2012 Diwali's date is rather straight-forward as compared to other years.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Ekadashi is a Sanskrit word. eating meat. This info was obtained from this website click ( HERE ).. This year the 15th day (Amavasya) starts at 03h43 on the 13th November and ends just after midnight on the 14th at 00h06.. Vedic times are totally different from the Gregorian times. The special feature of Ekadashi is a fast that one abstains from grains. So Diwali is not over two days like the norm rather just one complete day. The Vedic day starts at sunrise and ends sunrise the next morning. But the Gregorian day starts at midnight and ends the following midnight." Ekadashi was created as the Supreme Medicine to remove the disease of the material world of having a miserable material body and mind that is full of suffering. which means 'the eleventh day'. Now Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day (Amavasya) of the dark moon in October/November. Also grains eaten on this day becomes harmful and remains undigested and turns toxic in the body-giving rise to various diseases and ailments. We will advise you on what to have. which are followed by the westerners. There always seem to be some conflicting festival dates when the Hindu calendars are published esp. 10 / 38 . on the 11th day of the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight.

. but these two days Ekadashi are Ashuddha hence the next day is observed viz the 5th January for Putrada Ekadashi and the 1st June for Nirjala Ekadashi. We can ONLY humbly advis e one to follow the dates we have provided below.  I don't disagree with this. This is the reason why at times during the year we find that the dates we give on DIPIKA is a day off from the Hindu calendars.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.. One should not observe a fast on an Ekadashi that’s not pure (Ashuddha) as quoted from the sastric verses on DIPIKA click ( HERE ) for more info. Putrada Ekadasi = 5th Jan. Sat-tila Ekadashi = 19th Jan. The Hindu Calender  has set aside the 4th of January for Putrada Ekadashi and the 31st May For Nirjala Ekadashi.  Therefore at times one has to fast on Dvadashi (the next day – the 12thday) if that Ekadashi is not pure. In the 2012 South African Hindu calendar 2 dates will cause some confusion namely Putrada Ekadashi and Nirjala Ekadashi. Then this Ekadashi is regarded as impure and thus should not be observed. EKADASHI DATES for 2012. 11 / 38 . How does an Ekadashi become impure? This happens when the 10th and 11th Vedic days overlaps. Shuddha means pure and Ashuddha means impure.

Bhaimi Ekadashi = 3rd Feb Vijaya Ekadashi = 17th Feb. Varuthini Ekadashi = 16th April. Apara Ekadashi = 16th May.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. 12 / 38 . Mohini Ekadashi = 2nd May. Paapamochanee Ekadashi = 18th March Kamada Ekadashi = 3rd April. Amalaki vrata Ekadashi = 4th March.

Sayana Ekadashi = 30th June. 13 / 38 . Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi = 1st June. Yogini Ekadashi = 15th June. *** Padmini Ekadashi = 27th August. Annada Ekadashi = 13th August.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Pavitropana Ekadashi = 29th July. *** Parama Ekadashi = 12th September. Kamika Ekadashi = 14th July.

 Papankusha Ekadashi = 25th October. Mokshada Ekadashi = 23rd December.  Utthana Ekadashi = 24th November. Rama Ekadashi = 10th November. Indira Ekadashi = 11th October. Utpanna Ekadashi = 9th December. Parshva Ekadashi = 26th September. 14 / 38 .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.

Poorva Bhaadrapada.. Shatabhisha. Panchak is a combination of 5 Nakshatras (asterisms/stars) viz. Panchak is a very bad time for a person to die in.. For example on the 4th December 2008 @ 08h39 Panchak starts and ends on the 8th December 2008 @ 22h45.Date... if the deceased died on Panchak then on the funeral day plz INSIST on the Panchak Shanti puja if the priest doesn't want to perform it..02-01-12 (12h09) 15 / 38 ... (Dhanishtaa. I am not going to scare you but if this prayer is not performed then many lives generally 5 lives will be lost within the family within that one year.... http://www.info/calendars/ Thirdly Panchak.. This info was obtained from this website.. This is a very important piece of information that's given... PANCHAK TIMES for 2012. Date... You rather delay the funeral then having problems later on..Start. Uttara Bhaadrapada and Revati)...... many Hindu's take Panchak lightly and when problems arise then the family is put thro so much of hardship when it could have been avoided..vaisnavacalendar..End   28-12-11 (14h34) . If a person dies within this time then the pundit/priest has to perform a Panchak Shanti puja which takes like a few minutes to perform in the ante chamber of the crematorium........ those that know me know I don't like to scare people but in these cases I am dead (no pun intended) serious. When a person passes on the first thing that you should check is what time the deceased passed on... Don't mess the with the dead. Please please make sure that the priest performs this prayer.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal..

29-01-12 (20h22) 21-02-12 (08h23) .07-08-12 (21h32) 30-08-12 (13h49) .11-07-12 (13h30) 03-08-12 (05h25) .14-06-12 (06h19) 06-07-12 (19h52) .17-05-12 (23h59) 09-06-12 (10h28) .26-02-12 (16h22) 19-03-12 (14h45) .04-09-12 (05h51) 26-09-12 (20h17) . 24-01-12 (00h02) .20-04-12 (18h00) 13-05-12 (02h28) .01-10-12 (13h39) 24-10-12 (01h58) .28-10-12 (20h28) 20-11-12 (08h02) .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.25-11-12 (02h25) 16 / 38 .24-03-12 (11h38) 15-04-12 (20h13) .

According to Vedic astrology. that are inauspicious periods and one should not undertake any auspicious work during these periods . weddings and so forth. they catch their dads in a good mood and butter them up! Thus we have known the importance of timing right from our childhood. 17-12-12 (16h23) .1/2 hrs of a day. The efficacy of one's spiritual practices can be increased greatly by timing it according to Vedic injunctions.22-12-12 (08h31)   Fourthly Rahu Kalam. We all know the importance of timing in the material world. What you do is important but when you do it is just as important. Timing in the Hindu or any advance culture is of the utmost importance. it's important in the world of spirituality too.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Our sages say that what we need to learn now is that timing is just as important in the world of spirituality. Even little kids understand the importance of timing. prayers.especially any new undertaking. When they want their next cool toy. Rahu Kalam is that 1. Sunday 12h00 – 13h30 Monday 07h30 – 09h00 Tuesdays 13h30 – 15h00 Wednesday 09H00 – 10H30 17 / 38 . there's nothing more important than timing. Whether it's in the telling of a joke or striking a business deal. Just as timing is important in the material world.

ECLIPSE in SA for 2012 21 st May = Solar Annular NOT visible in South Africa 4 th June = Lunar Partial NOT visible in South Africa 14 th November = Solar Total NOT visible in South Africa 18 / 38 . when the Sun. Thursday 15H00 – 16H30 Friday 10H30 – 12H00 Saturday 06h00 – 07h30 and 16h30 – 18h00 And finally Eclipses.. with the Moon or the Earth at the centre.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.. Astronomically speaking. the Moon and the Earth are all in line. a solar or lunar eclipse takes place respectively.

2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. etc. One should take food only after seeing the sun or the moon free from the eclipse.ac. 19 / 38 . many people especially of Indian decent bathe in the sacred rivers like River Ganga.. vessels. grains. 28 th November = Lunar Penumbral NOT visible in South Africa This info was obtained from this website. When the clear sun or the moon is not seen before sunset or sunrise. gold and so forth. One should not take food during the duration of the eclipse. Pregnant women should not see the sun or the moon during the time of the eclipse. dumb or blind. The day after the eclipse they feed the poor. the Brahmins and the Sadhus.saao. They perform charitable acts and donate daan like cows. in the case of the solar and lunar eclipse respectively. When the eclipse begins the food should by then have been digested.za/public-info/sun-moon-stars/eclipse-index/solar-eclipses-2004-2020/ At the time of the eclipse. http://www. After the eclipse they clean their houses. food can be taken only after the sun or the moon is seen the next day. If they do the child born may have some kind of defect. and take a bath before they start cooking. The child may be born deaf.

for the same reason. From my experience I have seen that those who had this attitude really suffered later and esp. The effect of Japa and Sankirtana (the congregational chanting of mantras with other devotees of the Lord) during the eclipse contributes towards relieving the suffering of humanity and also of the planets. Householders are forbidden from sexual intercourse on the day of the eclipse. These have disastrous results.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Those who perform Japa at the time of the eclipse derive great benefits. scorpion stings. etc. expecting mother didn't want to strictly observe the eclipse and it ended disastrously for them. have faith in the words of sastras and sages. was the reply. A compromise can be reached by the adage: "for one who believes. At this time one should take great care in avoiding bleeding. Remember that the little intellect cannot understand many things in this universe. Hence. Being confronted with these ideas someone inquired: "Can you prove that these things happen?" "Can anyone prove that they don't". These people receive the blessings of all the devas and Shree Krsna Himself. it's all myths and legends etc. They attain perfection quickly. no proof exists". Even an earthworm has a poisonous effect when it bites one during an eclipse. no proof is required. 20 / 38 . and for the one who does not believe. Why do we have to follow it so strictly?" Well naturally to the primitive mind any sophisticated and advanced knowledge would be indistinguishable from the masses and be naturally scorned upon. Now in these "so called modern times" we hear comments like "Oh this eclipse thing is so psychosomatic.

This is the spiritual significance of the eclipse. 16. AUSPICIOUS MARRIAGE DATES FOR 2012. 21. 30 21 / 38 . 14. 15.. 25. 7. 24. Note:. 19. 3.E = Evening January 1. 28. Ignorance has eclipsed knowledge. 29. You must learn to shine in life with knowledge. But we are giving all the auspicious dates for the year. The more you study and learn the more humble it makes you because then you realize how little we know. 12. Due to time place and convenience most Hindu marriages take place over the weekend.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. 6.. However. this eclipse will disappear.

18. 31 (16th is Ekadashi so the wedding food must be non-grain) 22 / 38 . 8. 14. 10. 16. 19. 22. 25. 17. 12. 26 (3rd and 17th is Ekadashi so the wedding food must be non-grain) March 9. 19 May 1.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. 6. 13. 23. 13. 3. 24. 4. 4. 11. 12. 15. 15. 8E. 11. 18. 7. 11. 17. (19th Ekadashi so the wedding food must be non-grain) February 3. 17. 15. 28. 19 (18th is Ekadashi so the wedding food must be non-grain) April 7.

26. June 2. 5. 3. 24. 21. 25. 21. 8. 14. 15. 28. 26. (Aadhik Maas 18 August – 16 September) (no weddings are performed in this period) (26th is Ekadashi so the wedding food must be non-grain) Pitr Paksha 30th September – 15th October (no weddings are performed in this period) 23 / 38 . 9. 12 (Aadhik Maas 18 August – 16 September) (no weddings are performed in this period) September 17. 10. 29 July 1. 22. 24. 16. 6. 30 August 2. 23. 7. 25. 11.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. 18.

30 (10th and 24th is Ekadashi so the wedding food must be non-grain) December 5. 18. 10. 17. Due to space in this article I decided to keep it short. 14. 24.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Times and Puja proper for FM. 8. 20. NM". 9. 29. 28E. Purnima (Full Moon) Dates for 2012 Do note a comprehensive Full moon dates with beginning and ending times are given in another article on DIPIKA called "Comprehensive 2012 Dates. 10. 29 (9th and 23rd is Ekadashi so the wedding food must be non-grain) The following is not on the Hindu calendar but I decided to add it anyway for many that email me for this information. 19. 16. 17. 22. 16. 29 Pitr Paksha 30th September – 15th October (no weddings are performed in this period) November 2. 23. 26. 3E. 11. 23. 25. October 27. 24 / 38 . 15.

  3 July.  6 April 6 May. In the same way. You may wonder how? Well. 'luna' means 'moon' in latin. 9 January. Some Hindus (health permitting) observe a fast on this day. 7 February. which helps human beings to retain their mental balance. blood is liquid.  2 and 31 August 29 September.  4 June. That is how the term 'lunatic' came into being.  28 November. making the tides rise or fall. By praying a person would not allow his/her emotions to run wild. Our great Sages and Rishi's. the Moon also has an effect on the liquid content in humans. Fasting creates remarkable endurance in a person. is it not? The Moon has an effect on the sea. The above results in a person becoming tense and irritable. By fasting or taking light food the whole system is given a rest. a special feeling of empathy and a sense of equality between the rich and the poor. (Purnima) sacred as its a day that Lord Vishnu presides over.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. or at any rate take only light food in the night. the full moon day. knew how to combat the evil effects on human behavior during the full moon and new moon days. Lunatic means 'insane'. is key to good health.  29 October. They found that light food on these days would lower the acidic content in our system.  8 March. When the system is at rest psychologically also there is rest in a person. He/she feels comfortable physically and psychologically and will not be prone to irritation and outburst of temper.  28 December Fasting On Purnima Us Hindus consider. Fasting occasionally. A Human Being is composed of about 60% liquid and 40% solid. 25 / 38 .

. Thereafter invite 26 / 38 . Mix all these ingredients together.I.On this day many don't consume white grains and observe a fast starting from sunrise without salt or without water depending on ones capabilities and health until the evening when the moon is sighted. Then place camphor on the wood and light it. Prepare about a medium size bowl of sweet rice.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. This havan should preferably be performed on Purnima (full moon) when auspiciousness is at maximum.a c. After having a bath. The D. Because Lord Vishnu rules Purnima day. wear clean clothes. And the times to perform this sacred puja is given above.. Place wood in the havan kund (which should already have a little sand in it. Some offer milk and water on a plant while viewing the Moon.saao. For Moon times in your area in South Africa please visit this website http://www. HOW TO OBSERVE A FULL MOON FAST:. add 100g of vegetable or butter ghee and finally add to the sweet rice.za/public-info/sun-moon-stars/ . Then add about 200 g of Black sesame (til) seeds. After performing this act then the devotee consumes solid food with salt. the most auspicious Shree Satya Narayana Vrata Puja is the most apted puja to perform on this day. The reason for this is so that the ghee does not leak out. cant find it click The Mritunjaya Havan performed on Full Moon The Maha Mritunjaya havan is a very simple yet extremely powerful havan.) Take a little Ganga water and sip it three times chanting "Om Vishnu". I recommend that those who are sitting down for the havan chant the very auspicious Hanuman Chalisa.Y Shree Satya Narayana Vrata Puja proper with Havan is given on our website DIPIKA. cut about a stand of kush grass into very small pieces (if you don't have Kush grass not to worry).

which is. Now start the offerings by the chanting the Mritunjaya mantra. Sarva Devis and Devas I ________(your name) invite you all to this auspicious havan. as ff: - "Om trayam bakkam yajaa-mahe sugan-dhim pushti-vardhanam urvaa-rooka-miva bandha-naam mrityor mooksheeya maamritaat Om" swaahaa Offer the sweet rice after you say Om (the second Om above) and chant swaahaa. Do this for 108 x's.One packet havan wood. One small bowl sweet rice. Then request Lord Visnu and the Devi and devas to kindly return to their abodes. Once this is complete ask Lord Visnu and all the devi and devas for forgiveness for any mistakes that was committed during the havan and chant the Maha Mantra " Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare " 21 times to allay for any mistakes committed during the havan. Requirements for the Havan: . 100g ghee. 200g black til. 2 blocks of camphor. Lord Vishnu and the devis and devas to the havan by saying " O Lord Vishnu. one strand of kush grass. havan kund. New (Amavasya) Moon Dates for 2012 Do note a comprehensive New moon dates with beginning and ending times are given in anot her article on DIPIKA called “ Comprehensive 27 / 38 .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.

2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. 17 August. 21 February. Times and Puja proper for FM. 28 / 38 . 20 May. 19 June. 19 July. 2012 Dates. NM ” . 21 April. 23 January. 22 March. Due to space in this article I decided to keep it short.

13 November. one should carefully perform shraddha (offer food) to your ancestors on the new moon day (Amavasya) every month. Well why are you hearing this for the first time? Well that's a million dollar question. 16 September. Trayodashi Dates 2012 Do note a comprehensive Trayodashi dates with beginning and ending times are given in anot her article on DIPIKA called “ Comprehensive 2012 29 / 38 . thought processes.50-55 Lord Vishnu says to Sri Garudaji " On the day of Amavasya (new moon day). Therefore. It is a time to discard the old (habits. Amavasya is the beginning of the new lunar month which lasts approximately 30 days.. are observed on this day. The 'dark' side of the moon is revealed on this day as the moon completes its waning cycle of approximately 15 days. The importance of Amavasya is that it is a day of new beginnings.. the airy manes (the ancestors) stand at the door of their descendents in order to receive their food. Many festivals. the most famous being Diwali. failures and negative influences) and embrace the promise of new 'light' that the new moon brings to us. In the Garuda Purana Preta Khanda II 10. (On New Moon days one can offer food to ones ancestors. which I can't answer. By performing this act great merits awaits that person. The new moon day is called Amavasya and is observed as a day of fasting in many Hindu households. Whatever one cooks on that day he/she can offer to them – just as one does in Pitr Paksha. 15 October. 13 December.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Since the Hindu calendar is organized according to the lunar month. They remain there till sunset. When they do not receive their food they fall in despair and out of suffering heave long sighs and go back cursing the descendents.

19 February 6. 18 April 4. 20 March 4/5. Dates. Puja Proper Chaturthi and Trayodashi ” .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. Due to space in this article I decided to keep it short. Times. 7. 18 May 30 / 38 . 21 January 5.

17 June 1. 2. The Pradosha worship is d one in the evening twilight on the Trayodashi of both 31 / 38 . 27 October 12. 31 July 15. 16. 29 August 14. 25 December Pradosha vrata is a vrata (Fast) of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. 27 September 13.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. 26 November 11.

The performance of the vrata involves a fast followed by a vigil.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. These are the 13th tithi. from the New Moon (Amavasya) and Full Moon (Purnima). lunar fortnights (Shukla and Krishna Paksha). or lunar days. A bath is taken one hour before sunset and Lord Shiva. 32 / 38 .

Following this. Thank you for taking time to read this article. We are trying to reach out not only to Hindus but to others of other faiths as well. Lord Shiva is invoked. You may pass these articles to friends and family who do not have access to the Internet or even print them and keep them in a file. Mother Parvati. The Pradosha story is read out after the formal worship is concluded. and Nandi are worshipped. Shree Ganesha. Please alert your friends and family of this website.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. By compiling and publishing these articles we hope that others will understand what a beautiful and diversified way of life Hinduism (Sanathan Dharma) really is. These articles are published so that it will be a reference to you and your family when you need clarification of certain topics. 33 / 38 . Lord Skanda (Muruga). Jai Shree Krishna.

nd@h4all. Compiled (for the upliftment of Sanathan Dharma.org In the 2012 South African Hindu calendar 2 dates will cause some confusion namely Putrada Ekadashi and Nirjala Ekadashi. The Hindu calendars has set aside the 4 th January for Putrada Ekadashi and the 31 st May for Nirjala Ekadashi. but these two days Ekadashi are Ashuddha hence the next day is 34 / 38 .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. I don't disagree with this.the Eternal Religion) Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal.

Shuddha means pure and Ashuddha means impure. observed viz the 5 th January for Putrada Ekadashi and the 1st June for Nirjala Ekadashi.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. One should not observe a fast on an Ekadashi that ’ s not pure (Ashuddha) as quoted from the sastric verses on DIPIKA. Therefore 35 / 38 .

Then this Ekadashi is regarded as 36 / 38 . How does an Ekadashi become impure? This happens when the 10 th and 11 th Vedic days overlaps.2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. at times one has to fast on Dvadashi (the next day – the 12 th day) if that Ekadashi is not pure.

impure and thus should not be observed. We can ONLY humbly advise one to follow the dates we have 37 / 38 .2012 Hindu calendar Written by Narottam Das & Arjun Nandlal. This is the reason why at times during the year we find that the dates we give on DIPIKA is a day off from the Hindu calendars.

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