Char Dham Yatra will Start 10 Days before this Year

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Char Dham Yatra will Start 10 Days before this Year

This year, due to the presence of Malmas (an extra month in the Hindu calendar), the mathematical calculation of every festival is deteriorating from 18th September to 16th October. Due to the presence of more months this year, Ashwin months will come twice and this is why the festivals that come till August will be celebrated 10 days earlier whereas the festivals that fall after August will be delayed up to 15 days or even more than that. This is the only reason that Char Dham Yatra will commence on 26 April (on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya) i.e. 10 days prior this year as compared to previous years.


According to the Hindu calendar, there will be 13 months in 2020 due to this Purushottam Month but, according to the English Calendar, there will be 12 months only. The Hindu Pachnagas are computed on the basis lunar cycle and English calendars are computed on the solar cycle base. The months based on the lunar cycle consist of 15 days Krishna Paksha and the other 15 days of Shukla Paksha. There are 354 days in a year based on the lunar calendar and 365 days according to the solar cycle so there is a difference of 11 days seen between the two calendars. To bridge this gap, there is an extra month falling after every three consecutive years and the entry of Sun from one Zodiac to another is known as Sankranti. There are 12 solar months and also the same number of zodiac signs, so the lunar month that doesn’t have Surya Sankranti is called as the greatest month of the year.

The best and the most special fact is that this sum of Purushottam Maas is coming after a gap of 19 years as it was earlier witnessed in 2001 when the maximum amount was seen in Ashwin month and the same thing will happen this year too (there will be two Ashwin months). This Adhik Maas (Malmas) will start from 18 September and continues till 16th October and this makes a difference of 15 days in fasting. From this data, it can easily be concluded that the festivals that fall before August will be organized 10 days before and festivals falling post-August will be celebrated with a delay of almost 10 to 15 days. Due to this, Akshaya Tritiya is falling 10 days sooner this year i.e. on 26th April. Char Dham Yatra will begin on the same day with the opening of the gates of Gangotri and Yamunotri Temple.

Let’s Check which Festival to Celebrate when this Year

If we check the calendar of 2019 then we can find that last year Akshaya Tritiya was celebrated on 7th May but in 2020, it falls on 26th April. Similarly, Mahashivratri was celebrated on 4th March in 2019 and this year, the festival comes on 21st February and the same happens in the celebration of Holi. Last year, Holi was celebrated on 21st March which is on 10th March this year. Raksha Bandhan was celebrated on 15th of August in 2019 and this year, it will be organized on 3rd August but as stated above that the festivals falling post-August will be celebrated with a delay of 10 to 15 days so this year Navratri will start from 17th October which was started on 29 September 2019. The last major festival of Hindus, Diwali will be celebrated on 14th November this year whereas last year, it was on 27th October.

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