[Advaita-l] Pradosham date: April 2018, California

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 26 21:37:16 EDT 2018

Anand Hudli anandhudli at hotmail.com wrote:
> https://www.datepanchang.com/Free_Services/Panchang.aspx
> April 13 (Fri) & 26 (Thu)
> https://www.drikpanchang.com/vrats/pradoshdates.html?geoname-id=5392171&year=2018
> April 12 (Thu) & 26 (Thu)
> https://www.himalayanacademy.com/readlearn/panchangam
> April 13 (Fri) & 27 (Fri) 
> Among these panchangas, the third seems to be following a pradoSha
> observance rule based on trayodashI tithi at sunrise rather than the tithi
> prevalence at pradoSha kAla, i.e. about 2.5 hours after sunset. I am not
> sure, though, why the drikpanchanga gives April 12 as
> the pradoSha date.
One note about Pradosham dates (in California) from DrikPanchang.com:
There is a minimum interval of 14 days between two consecutive Pradoshams (verified for three years: 2017-19).
But DatePanchang.com has only a 13 day gap between the two Pradoshams of April 13 & 26 (2018).
And HimalayanAcademy.com too has a 13 day between the two Pradoshams of June 11 & 24 (2018).
I cannot recall how it was in the Chennai temple(s) when I grew up, but I believe that a 2 week interval was minimal.
> To answer Shri Kartikji's and Shri Bhaskarji's question regarding the
> variation among panchangas and the resulting confusion, doubt, etc., this
> is where tradition and reputation of a panchanga plays a role. One needs to
> follow a panchanga that has been traditionally
> followed in one's family or by Astikas of the region or is a reputed
> panchanga. And stop worrying about what other panchangas say about the
> observance date. I know with certainty that the Date (pronounced dAte)
> Panchang is reputed and followed in many parts of Maharashtra
> and Karnataka. In fact, it has been followed at least since my
> grandfather's time in those areas.
The problem is when a person moves to a new location, but no Panchangam is available that is adjusted for geography.
My parents are aware of the dates in India, but are unable to transfer it to California.

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