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Re: SriJayanthi

From: Rajeev (
Date: Thu Aug 23 2001 - 17:44:17 PDT

Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Guru Paramparaayai Nama:

From: "Mani Varadarajan" <>

| The smArta tradition generally observes the birth of
| Sri Krishna on SrAvaNa-krishna-ashTamI, giving importance
| only to the tithi. They also generally follow the lunar calendar
| for this observance and celebrate it in SrAvaNa (lunar month),
| without paying attention to the nakshatra or the solar month.
| (Those who are familiar with the smArta tradition should feel
| free to correct me. There may be local variations.)

While it may be true that the smaartha tradition follows the Lunar
calendar, it is also true that the entire SriVaishnava-Telugu
speaking community also follows the Lunar calendar.  I came to know
of Solar Calendar only after I met some of my tamil speaking 
Sri Vaishnava friends.  However, is there any information available
as to "why", we have two forms of calendars (Solar/Lunar) ? 

| The key is that in neither mannAr nor tOzhappar is
| the tithi given preference. This is why only rarely
| does the Sri Vaishnava date coincide with the
| smArta date.

It is a general principle in Sri Sampradayam to observe
festivals based on Nakshatram ? If the thithi and nakshatram
are occuring on two different days, which one should one
account for, in determining a date ? (This may well be applicable to
one's own birthday !)

sri laxmi hayagriva parabrahmane nama:


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