How to interpret panchangam in the US

Updated on February 25, 2021 in Daily rituals and practice
7 on February 24, 2021

Namaskaram Swamy. Adiyongal are living in the US. Through Bhagavan’s anugraham and swamy’s guidance, adiyongal have been following and progressing in our spiritual journey. We celebrate Azhwar Acharyargal thirunakshatrangal and all festivals, Ekadashi, Shravanam, kids’ birthdays – all based on the panchangam.

There is a doubt while reading the panchangam though. There are two schools of thought here.

1) In India, maasi punarvasu nakshatram is there (from Feb 23 11AM IST ) till around 1:30PM IST on Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021. The corresponding time in the US is (from Feb 23 00:30AM EST) till 3 AM EST on Wednesday, February 24 – before sunrise. On February 23rd, during sunrise in the US, punarvasu nakshatram was there if we look at the corresponding time in India. Adiyen’s family celebrated Kulasekara azhwar thirunakshatram on Feb 23rd itself, based on this, as by February 24 sunrise, it is actually pushya nakshatram.

2) Some people don’t look at the panchangam this way. They follow the absolute value. That is, consider maasi punarvasu to be there till 1:30 PM EST on February 24 in the US too (just like 1:30 PM IST).

Which is the way to follow? It becomes even more difficult to determine Ekadashi as many times, it is a day before in the US, and we have been following the first way mentioned here.

Adiyen

 
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3 on February 24, 2021

Srimate Ramanujaya namaha,

This website..https://www.drikpanchang.com/ provides panachangam for all locations globally.
They also have ekadasi list as per both smarta and vaishnava tradition.

For ekadasi it is not just the presiding tithi during sunrise but also when dwadasi starts and ends..it is quite complex to assess by beginners like us , in the case of vaishnava ekadasi system.
So may be better to follow a reliable source.

For alwaar nd acharya thirunakshatra, yes the presiding star during sunrise can be used perhaps.

Adiyen

on February 24, 2021

Thank you swamy for your response.

Yes, adiyen looks up that site – it usually converts the Indian times to the respective global times. This is what I mentioned as the first way in my earlier message. But, adyen got a doubt as adiyen sees a few Bhagavathas here who don’t follow this way (such panchangams) and follow the second way.

That’s why wanted to confirm if adiyen is doing the right way – by looking at what stars/tithis prevail at the prescribed time in the place where we live.

Adiyen

on February 24, 2021

The site does not convert indian time to global time..but actually calculates based on the tithi and nakshatra prevailing in each location. so should be correct as per my understanding.

Secondly if there is a branch of mutt or ashram that tiu follow locally that might also help.

Moreover only for ekadasi these dates are very significant on when they are observed..for alwaars and acharyas even if we observe one day before or after..as long as we remember them and are grateful and follow their teachings they are more than happy.

Adiyen

on February 24, 2021

🙏 Adiyen

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Namaskaram, There is Ekadasi calculator in Ahobila mutt website. It will show Ekadasi date and time based on given Geographical location and also Dwadasi Parana time.

Site has this note “ While all efforts have been taken to present accurate information, please do double check observations with elders in your family “

 

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Please try this:

https://ahobilamutt.org/us/services/calendar/samdailycal.asp

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0 on February 25, 2021

🙏Thanks so much for the ahobila mutt information and link.

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