[Advaita-l] विशिष्टतिथयः Special days

Krishna Chaitanya Koppisetty k.krishnachaitanya at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 23:16:17 CDT 2011


What is the significance of Toli Ekadasi which was observered on July
11, 2011.  Why is it called Toli?  It certainly not the first ekadasi
of the year, as per the hindu calendar...


On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, Anand Hudli <anandhudli at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Most of these topics are treated in detail in the dharma shAstra granthas
> such as the dharmasindhu and the nirNayasindhu. The usual approach is to
> take every month, beginning with Chaitra, and explain all the important
> observances during that month. In many cases, the texts also briefly
> describe the observance procedure (prayoga), or refer to a different prayoga
> grantha. The correspondence of the Hindu calendar with the Gregorian
> calendar is well known. For example, Chaitra falls sometime in March-April
> and so on. One must, however, be aware of the difference between the
> PUrNimAnta and amAnta calendars. In the PUrNimAnta system, which is followed
> mostly in Northern India, as the name indicates, a month ends with a
> pUrNimA, full moon. In the amAnta system, followed in Southern and Western
> India, the month ends with an amAvAsya, new moon. The pUrNimAnta calendar
> begins with Chaitra Krishna Paksha Pratipada, while the amAnta calendar
> begins with the Chaitra shukla Pratipada, fifteen tithis later. The result
> is that the day following the full moon of Chaitra is the first day of a new
> month, VaishAkha in the PUrNimAnta calendar, but it is Chaitra Krishna
> Pratipada in the amAnta system. This causes many festivals and observances
> to be listed under different months, but, fortunately, the Gregorian dates
> do not change and all people, regardless of whether they follow the
> PUrNimAnta or amAnta celebrate a particular festival on the same day. For
> example, in the nirNayasindhu, which follows the pUrNimAnta system, the
> Krishna JanmAShTamI is described under BhAdrapada Krishna aShTamI, whereas
> the dharmasindhu treats the same festival as shrAvaNa Krishna aShTamI.
> According to both calendars, the date for Krishna JanmaShTamI in India is
> August 21.
> Anand
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