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January 2023 Important Dates

Few keys dates to remember in the new month and new year 2023. Please check dates in your local calendar.

Trying something new for 2023. Hope to keep this format going forward.

As always will share more details as and when each day approaches.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023.

USA

DateEventDetails
January 2nd MondayVaikunta Ekadashihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?p=12024
January 3rd TuesdayMukkoti Dwadashi
January 6th FridayHunnime/PoornimaSatyanarayana Pooja – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Satyanarayana
January 8th SundayPushya NakshatraRecite Sri Raghavendra Stotra
January 14th SaturdayMakara SankramanaSankranthi – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Sankranthi
January 14th SaturdayGopala Dasara Aaradhanehttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/sri-madhwacharya/sri-gopala-dasaru/
January 18th WednesdayEkadashi
January 21st SaturdayAmavasya & Purandara Dasara Aradhanahttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/composers/sri-purandara-dasaru/
January 27th FridayRatha Saptmai
January 28 SaturdayBheeshmastamiRecite Vishnu Sahasranama
January 29 SundayMadhwa Navamihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Madhwa+Navami
January 31 TueEkadashi 

India

DateEventDetails
January 2nd MondayVaikunta Ekadashihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?p=12024
January 3rd TuesdayMukkoti Dwadashi
January 6th FridayHunnime/PoornimaSatyanarayana Pooja – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Satyanarayana
January 8th SundayPushya NakshatraRecite Sri Raghavendra Stotra
January 15th SundayMakara SankramanaSankranthi – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Sankranthi
January 15th SundayGopala Dasara Aaradhanehttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/sri-madhwacharya/sri-gopala-dasaru/
January 18th WednesdayEkadashi
January 21st SaturdayAmavasya & Purandara Dasara Aradhanahttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/composers/sri-purandara-dasaru/

January 28th SaturdayRatha Saptmai
January 29 SundayBheeshmastamiRecite Vishnu Sahasranama
January 30th MondayMadhwa Navamihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Madhwa+Navami

Vaikunta Ekadashi – January 2nd 2023

January 2nd 2023 – Monday

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date for Vaikunta Ekadashi. 

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on January 2nd 2023 – Monday. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Please check your local calendars to see when it falls.

Vaikunta Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important.

Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk. So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can get from fasting.

Fasting makes a humans strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

Since it is a holiday all over the world, you can recite Either Bhagavad Gita or Vishnu Sahasranama or several lyrics posted here in the blog.

  1. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/lord-vishnu/
  2. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/lord-sreenivasa/
  3. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/lord-rama/
  4. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/lord-krishna/
  5. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/lord-narashima/

Gita Jayanthi – December 3rd & 4th 2022

USA – December 3rd 2022

India – December 4th 2022

P.S: Check dates in your country.

The Shukla Ekadashi of Margasheersha Masa was when we got the greatest gift from Lord Sri Krishna – The Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna imparted the Bhagawad Gita to his greatest devotee Arjuna. This day is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi. It is also an important Ekadashi in many many parts of India, and of course to Madhwas.

On this day Lord Krishna spoke to Arjuna about the ultimate goal of human life in 700 verses in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered to be the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God.

I still remember singing the the first sloka in the Bhagavad Gita in my school:

dharmakshetre kurukshetre samaveda yuyutsavaha
mamaka pandavaschaiva kimakurvata sanjayaha

Some posts I have in the blog are listed below:

  1. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/12/29/the-bhagavad-gita-free-ebook/
  2. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/12/20/the-concluding-benedictory-verse-gita-vivruti/
  3. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/08/11/the-bhagavad-gita/

Our SKV, temple here in North Carolina has Bhagavad Gita Recitation starting at 5:00PM on December 3rd. Come join us and recite the Gita.

You can find more details here: https://skvnc.org/geeta-jayanti/

I listen to the audio here for pronunciation : https://mychinmaya.org/bhagavad-gita-all-chapters-audio/

July 2022 Important Dates

Shubhakruthu Nama Samvatsara, Uttarayana/Dhakshinayana, Ashada Masa

USA: Please refer local calendars, I am now referring Shree Krishna Vrindavana, NC calendar.

July 10th Sunday – Shayani Ekadashi, ChaturMasa, Shaka Vrata Begins

July 13th Wednesday – Guru Poornima

July 17th Sunday – Sri Jayatheerthara Aradhane

July 23rd Saturday – Ekdadashi

July 28th Thursday – Amavasya, Guru Pushya Yoga

India Dates

July 10th Sunday – Shayani Ekadashi, ChaturMasa, Shaka Vrata Begins

July 13th Wednesday – Guru Poornima

July 18th Monday – Sri Jayatheerthara Aradhane

July 24th Sunday – Ekdadashi

July 28th Thursday – Amavasya , Guru Pushya Yoga

Shaka Vrata starts from Aashada Shudha Dwadashi to Sharavana Shudha Dashami. During this time one should not offer Vegetables, Banana, Coconut , fruits to Lord. Mangoes are allowed.

June 2022 Important Dates

Shubhakruthu Nama Samvatsara, Uttarayana, Jyestha Masa

USA: Please refer local calendars, we refer Shree Krishna Vrindavana, NJ calendar.

May 31st – Jestha Masa Begins

June 10th – Ekadashee

June 13th – Shree SreePadarajaru Punyathithi ( Mulabagal)

June 14th – Hunnime, Poornima, VataSavitri Hunnime

June 16th – Shree Raghuvarya Theerthara Punyathiti ( Nava Brindavana)

June 17th – Sankashtahara Chathurthi Vrata

June 24th – Ekadashee

June 26th – Shree Vijayeendra Theerthara Punyathithi ( Kumbhakonam)

June 28th – Amavasya ( Mannethina Amavasya)

India

May 31st – Jestha Masa Begins

June 10th – Ekadashee

June 13th – Shree SreePadarajaru Punyathithi ( Mulabagal)

June 14th – Hunnime, Poornima, VataSavitri Hunnime

June 17th – Shree Raghuvarya Theerthara Punyathiti ( Nava Brindavana)

June 24th – Ekadashee

June 26th – Shree Vijayeendra Theerthara Punyathithi ( Kumbhakonam)

June 29th – Amavasya ( Mannethina Amavasya)

May 2022 Important Dates

USA: Please refer local calendars, we refer Shree Krishna Vrindavana, NJ calendar.

May 1st – Vaishaka Masa Begins

May 3rd – Akshaya Thritiya

May 12th – Ekadashee

May 14th – Narashima Jayanthi

May 15th – Hunnime, Poornima, Lunar Eclipse

May 19th – Sankatahara Chathurthy

May 25th – Ekadashee

May 30th – Amavasya

India

May 1st – Vaishaka Masa Begins

May 3rd – Akshaya Thritiya

May 12th – Ekadashee

May 14th – Narashima Jayanthi

May 15th – Hunnime, Poornima, Lunar Eclipse

May 19th – Sankatahara Chathurthy

May 26th – Ekadashee

May 30th – Amavasya

Shree Narashima Devara Arghya Mantra

Paritranaya Sadhunam Jatho Vishnuhu nruKesari

Gruhanargyam Maya dattam 

Salakshmihi nruharihi swayam ||

ಶ್ರೀ ನರಸಿಂಹ ದೇವರ ಅರ್ಘ್ಯ ಮಂತ್ರ

ಪರಿತ್ರಾಣಾಯ ಸಾಧೂನಾಂ ಜಾತೋ ವಿಷ್ಣು: ನೃಕೇಸರಿ

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ಸಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ: ನೃಹರಿಃ ಸ್ವಯಂ ||

April 2022 Important Dates

USA: Please refer local calendars, we refer Shree Krishna Vrindavana, NJ calendar.

April 1st Friday – Ugadi- Shubhakruth Samvatsara Vasantha Rutu,Chaitra Masa Begins

April 10th Sunday – Shree Rama Namavi – Pushya Nakshatra. 

April 12th Tuesday – Ekadashee 

April 16th Saturday – Poornima, Hunnime, Hanuman Jayanthi

April 19th Tuesday – Sankatahara Chathurthy

April 26th Tuesday – Ekadashee

India: Please refer local calendars

April 2nd Saturday – Ugadi- Shubhakruth Samvatsara Vasantha Rutu,Chaitra Masa Begins

April 10th Sunday – Shree Rama Namavi – Pushya Nakshatra. 

April 12th Tuesday – Ekadashee 

April 16th Saturday – Poornima, Hunnime, Hanuman Jayanthi

April 20th Wednesday – Sankatahara Chathurthy

April 27th Wednesday – Ekadashee

Shree Shubhakruth Samvatsara Important Dates

The new year, new Shree Shubhakruth samvatsara starts from Ugadi April. Śubhakṛta (शुभकृत) refers to the thirty-sixth saṃvatsara. Some important dates for 2022 and 2023 are posted. It is in Kannada from Rayaru mutta calendar. Hope to translate soon.

Vaikunta Ekadashi – January 13th 2022

January 13th 2022 Thursday

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date for Vaikunta Ekadashi. If you plan on going to temple, please make sure you wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands often.

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on January 13th 2022 Thursday. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Please check your local calendars to see when it falls.

Vaikunta Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important.

Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk. So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can get from fasting.

Fasting makes a man strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

Vaikunta Ekadashi – December 25th 2020

December 25th 2020 Friday

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date for Vaikunta Ekadashi. If you plan on going to temple, please make sure you wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands often. This will be the very first year as far as I can remember I am going to skip going to the temple and just offer my prayers from home.

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on December 25th 2020 Friday. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Please check your local calendars to see when it falls.

Vaikunta Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important.

Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk. So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can get from fasting.

Fasting makes a man strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

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