[Advaita-l] Vijayadashami Date 2013

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Fri Oct 11 07:23:37 CDT 2013

There's a little bit more to the confusion. I know a number of temples in
North America which just use the same date as the Indian panchangam - which
is plainly wrong. Dashami is indeed on Oct 13th, since at sunrise
it happens to be dashamii on the 13th. Ditto with navamii. However due to a
peculiarity aShTamI does not come during sun-rise time at all (at least in
the Boston panchangam). But back calculating from Oct 13th puts prathama on
Friday Oct 4th, which however has amAvsyA during sun-rise. Since Oct 14th
has barely about 1.5 hours of dashamI, it seems reasonable to adopt Oct
13th as dashamI, which is what SVBF and the Ganesha temple in NY have
adopted. I am going with Oct 13th. In any case, there is more to the
confusion than just using the Indian panchangam.

I also strongly recommend mypanchang.com - it's an excellent resource.


On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>wrote:

> On Sat, 21 Sep 2013, S Jayanarayanan wrote:
>  What is the right date for Vijaya Dashami ("Dasara") in California (USA)
>> this year?
> Some organizations in the USA use panchangs calculated for India which
> will lead to wrong results.  Some discrepencies are also due to differences
> in calculation methods.
> Personally I recommend www.mypanchang.com as the most accurate and
> confirming to smarta principles.  According to them, the proper date for
> Vijaya Dashami is October 13.
> --
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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