Ac­cord­ing to the Pan­chaanga Diwali is Oc­to­ber 18

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

Dear Editor, The Ephe­meris is an as­tro­nom­i­cal al­manac or ta­ble of the po­si­tions of ce­les­tial bod­ies. The Pan­chaanga of the Hin­dus is an Ephe­meris. It is what peo­ple call ‘Pa­tra’. The Pan­chaan­gas avail­able in Guyana are: (1) Kaashi, (2) Bhaskar, (3) Shiv Shakti, (4) MyPan­ (5) Drik Pan­ (6) Bha­vani Shankar and (7) 100 -Year. All these Pan­chaan­gas are in agree­ment with each other.

The Pan­chaanga (Pa­tra) is the author­ity in such mat­ters. Hin­dus con­sult the ‘Pa­tra’ from birth to death – nam­ing of a baby, aus­pi­cious day and time for Poo­jaa, mar­riage cer­e­monies, aus­pi­cious/in­aus­pi­cious time in birth and death, trav­el­ling, horo­scope, build­ing a house, time of new moon and full moon, etc, etc. The ‘Pa­tra’ also has the Dates for the plant­ing and burn­ing of Ho­lika, Holi, Shiva Raa­tree, Janma Ash­tami, Hanu­man Jayanti, Sita Jayanti, Ram Navami, Gita Jayanti, Diwali, etc, etc. The Pa­tra is also con­sulted in times of ill­ness, prob­lems, etc.

The Pan­chaanga is the of­fi­cial calendar of Hin­dus. Ac­cord­ing to all Pan­chaan­gas (Pa­tras), Diwali in Guyana, Trinidad, Suri­name, USA and Canada is Oc­to­ber 18. All these coun­tries are within the same time zone.

Yours faith­fully, Pt R Bal­badar Pres­i­dent Sanatan Vaidic Dharma Pan­dits’ Sabha

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