[Advaita-l] tIrtha yAtrA related question

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 26 12:29:47 CDT 2012

Dear Anandji,

There could be two reasons for not doing Tirtha-yatra during the Chaturmashya. 

One reasons could be that the Chaturmasya period is the period of Vishnu-shayana, ie. the period between the Shayana-ekadashi and the Utthana-ekadashi.  Lord Krishna went for the final round of talks with the Kauravas on  the day after the Utthana-ekadashi.

The second reason could be a practical one as the people would face a lot of inconvenience due to rain. It is for this reason that the parivrajakas stayed in one place during the Chaturmasyas. Now-a-days Chaturpakshas are observed and not the Chaturmasas and that may probably be due to precessional changes that have occurred.


 From: Anand Hudli <anandhudli at hotmail.com>
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org 
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 11:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] tIrtha yAtrA related question
Dear Shri Sriramji,

>I have a copy of dharma sindhu and referred to the vidhi & nishedhAs of tirtha yAtra.
>But could not find the clause that one should not do tirtha yAtra during adhika mAsa.
>If you don't mind, could you please share the sloka, adhyAya details etc.  I will try to
>find out again.

Please see the section "atha malamAse varjyAni" in the first
pariccheda. The very first sentence contains the word "tIrthAdiyAtrA"
under the list of prohibitions. Later he
clarifies it as "apUrvatIrthadevadarshanam", visiting a tIrtha not
visited before.

>As per the skAnda purANa (avanti khaNDa), adhika mAsa is supposed to be
>very auspicious month for dharma kAryAs & tirtha yAtra.  However, since the
>forthcoming adhika mAsa falls during the chAturmAsya vrata, IMHO, tirtha yAtra
>to any place is not advisable during this chAturmAsya period.  Corrections are

Please let me know the reference which recommends against tIrtha yAtrA
during the chAturmAsya period.


On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM, Anand Hudli <anandhudli at hotmail.com>wrote:

> As many of you may know, this year there is an extra ("adhika") bhAdrapada
> month. An interesting question has arisen, studying the list of mala mAsa
> varjyas (prohibtions) listed in the dharma sindhu. One of the prohibitions
> is visiting a tIrtha hitherto not visited. One may visit a tIrtha that
> he/she had already visited before, but there is a prohibition against
> visiting a new pilgrimage spot. Now, as per the South Indian amAnta
> Panchanga, the adhika bhAdrapada mAsa begins on August 18. However,
> following the North Indian PUrNimAnta system, the adhika bhAdrapada mAsa
> begins on August 3. Suppose a person living in Bangalore ( or somewhere
> else where the amAnta system is followed) wants to undertake a tIrtha
> yAtra, he may do so before August 18. Suppose further that he intends to
> visit Kashi Vishwanath on August 16. This is permitted as per his locale in
> South India, but the temple he intends to visit follows the North Indian
> pUrNimAnta panchanga, and as per that panchanga the adhika bhAdrapada mAsa
> is already in effect on August 16! Is the visit to the shrine on August 16
> permitted or not, as per the dharma shAstras?
> Anand
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