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From: T R Govindarajan (tgovindarajan_at_lucent.com)
Date: Sun Apr 11 1999 - 16:15:43 PDT
A few weeks ago, there was a query about following observing Thithi, Nakshtra in the U.S. I came across a calendar published by The Hindu Temple Society of North America, 47-57 Browne St, Flushing, New York 11355, Phone:718-460-8484. It was claimed under "An Appeal" that this 1999 Annual calendar has been specially prepared with calculations as per East standard (New York) Time. It was written under "About the Calendar" that Tithi, Nakshatra etc. end at the same moment in all parts of the world. For example, Amavasya ended at 7.44 AM (IST) on November 30, 1997 at which instant, it was 9.14 PM (EST) on November 29, 1997. Vrata Kala is determined based on the moments of Sunrise and sunset in New York (EST). Commencements days of solar month is observed on the same day if sun enters the rasi during the day time or the following day if sun enters the rasi during night time. For example, sun entered mesha at 10.50 PM (IST) on April 13, 1997 at which instant it was 12.20 PM (EST) on April 13, 1997. Since sun entered mesha during the day (EST) on April 13, 1997, Tamil New Year day was observed in the USA on that day although it was observed the following day in India. Our sincere thanks to Prof. L.V.S. Mani, Managing Editor, Sri. Jagadguru Sri. Kanchi Acharyal Mutt's "Bharat Ganita - Panchangam " for his time and effort in preparing the material. In this Calendar, it was printed that both Sankara Jayanthi and Sri. Ramanuja Jayanthi fall on April 20, 1999. Other pointers from the calendar: Sri. Rama Navami - March 25, 1999. Panguni Uttram - March 30, 1999. Ekadesi ends tomorrow at 11:05 A.M. For tomorrow, Rahu: 8:12 - 9:49 Yama: 11:27 - 1:05 Guli: 2:42 - 4.:0 Tamil New Year Day - April 14, 1999. Rg Upakarma - August 25, 1999 Yajur Upakarma - August 26, 1999 Gayathri Japam - August 27, 1999. Janmashtami - September 2, 1999. Sri. Krishna Jayanthi - September 3, 1999. Sama Upakarma - September 11, 1999. Deepavali - November 6, 1999. Dhanur Masa begins - December 16, 1999. Sri. Vaikunta Ekadesi - December 18, 1999. dAsan Govindarajan.