14 January 2016, Bhogi Pongal

14 January 2016 is Bhogi Pongal, the first day of Pongal or Makara Sankranthi festival. It is widely celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

It falls a day prior to Sankranthi or Makara Sankramana festival. As it marks the last day of Dhanurmasam or Margali masam, Andal Kalyanam or Sri Godadevi Kalyanam is also celebrated on this day by Vaishnava sect of people.

Showering Bhogi Pandlu (Bhogi Pallu), combination of rice, berry fruits, sugarcane pieces, other food items, is an important ritual performed to get the children out from the Nara drishti.

Andal Kalyanam (Godadevi Kalyanam) in Srirangam on Bhogi Pongal

Significance of Bhogi and how Bhogi is celebrated?

Bhogi Pongal, Second day of Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu

Bhogi Puja – Rituals and customs of Bhogi

Bhogi Pandlu, blessings for children by elders 

Bhogi Festival, dedicated to Lord Indra

Panchangam, 14 January 2016

Suryodayam (Sunrise) 07:14 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:57
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 10:13 Chandrastama (Moonset) 22:27

Today’s Panchangam
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Panchami – 22:01
Nakshatra Purva Bhadrapada – 27:55*
Yoga Varigha – 22:29
Karana Balava – 22:01

Today’s Panchang
Purnimanta Month Paush
Amavasyanta Month Paush
Shaka Samvatsara: Manmadha
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Kilaka
Rahu Kalam: 13:56 – 15:16
Gulika Kalam: 09:55 – 11:15
Yama Gandam: 07:14 – 08:34

Today’s Rashi
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Dhanu – 25:35:34*
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Kumbha – 22:16:28

Auspicious Time
Amrita Kalam 20:23 – 21:53
Abhijit: 12:14 – 12:57

Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 11:20 – 12:51
Durmuhurthams: 15:05 – 15:48

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