The panchanga is a spiritual calendar that guides devotees in their daily spiritual practices.
This Luni-Solar calendar is used as a foundation for Vedic Living – it informs daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules of worship.
On Purnima (the full moon) at the Devi Mandir, we sing the Satyanarayan Vrat and Vishnu Sahasranam. On Amavasya (the new moon), it is our tradition to worship Mother Kali, the Remover of Darkness. Ganesha receives a special puja on every Chaturthi (the fourth day of the bright and dark fortnights), and Shiva receives special prasad on Ekadashi (the eleventh day of bright and dark fortnights).
The patterns of worship guided by the panchang are, like most ancient traditions, based on the innate cycles and patterns of Nature. As we sink into these rhythms of worship, time takes on a different type of importance: time is no longer just a number on the calendar, but rather, an opportunity to worship the Divine!
*Note: This calendar reflects a 24-hour day. Some tithis (lunar days) go beyond “24-hours,” meaning past midnight. In order to more accurately reflect the time of the tithi by this system, subtract 24 from the total (29:36:12 – 24:00 = 5:36:12 AM), and this will be the time that the tithi ends the following morning, and also the time that the next tithi begins.
To learn more about how to read the panchanga calendar, please visit the Panchanga Tutorial.
See below for January through December 2017 Panchangs: