तत्त्द् गतिवशन्नित्यं यथा दृक्-तुल्यतां ग्रहाः।
प्रयान्ति तत्प्रवक्ष्यामि स्फ़ुटिकरणमादरात्॥
सुर्य सिद्धान्त ॥

यस्मिन् पक्षे यत्र काले येन दृग्गणितैक्यम्।
दृश्यते तेन पक्षेण कुर्यात्तिथ्यादिनिर्णयम्॥

यात्राविवाहोत्सवजातकादौ खेटैः स्फुटैरेवफलस्फुटत्वम्।
स्यात्प्रोच्यते तेन नभश्चराणां स्फुटक्रिया दृग्गणितैक्यकृद्या॥

तिथिर्विष्णुस्तथा वारो नक्षत्रं विष्णुरेव च।
योगश्च करणं चैव सर्वं विष्णु मयं जगत्॥


Monday, March 30, 2009

Navaratri fasts (Upavasa) Asthami and Navami

When you fast till asthami then fast all days. Otherwise.... if you do fast till navami them fast till navami. When you fast only for seven (7) days then fast from tritiya to navami (7 days), if you fast for five (5) days then fast from panchami (5) to navami (5 days). If you fast only for 3 days then fast from saptami to navami. If you fast for two days then only asthami and navami. If you fast only for a day then only asthami tithi or on navami tithi. Here these are tithis, not days....

When there is a tithi kshaya or tithi vriddhi then do puja accordingly, do it on both days if tithi vriddhi or one day or if one tithi kshaya (three tithis in a day) then do puja twice on that day.

One should not do more or less navaratri or puja than family tradition (kulachar).

When there is a asthami visible during sunrise that day should be asthami, even if it's mixed with navami, in that case perform asthami related puja on that day. Chaitra navaratri in 2009 in the USA has one day less for navaratri, and asthami in USA is on April 2nd 2009 and hence the puja should be done on April 2nd in USA not on April 3rd 2009. April 3rd 2009 is Rama Navami (Shuddha), not asthami. The asthami tithi doesn't even prevail for a second on April 3rd 2009 in the USA.

for details on finding tithis in your area please visit http://www.mypanchang.com/panchang2009.html

Why Indian calendar is not applicable in usa? read this.

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