Charak Puja or Neel Pooja, also known as Hajrha Puja, is observed in mainly in Bengal and Bangladesh on the last day of Bengali Chaitra month. Charak Pooja day is also popular as Chaitra Songkranti. Charak Puja 2020 date is April 13. Neel Puja is performed on April 12, 2020.
This puja is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees celebrate this festival to satisfy or please Lord Shiva in order to be blessed with happiness and prosperity.
A group of people from villages go to other villages to collect the necessary items like paddy, oil, sugar, salt, honey, money and other material with the arranged cosmetics like Shiva, Parvati, and Narod. The cosmetic Shiva is termed as ‘Neel Pagol or ‘Jal Katha. Devotees worship Lord Shiva throughout the night and distribute Prasod.
Next day to Charak Puja is celebrated as Poila Baisakh or Bengali New Year or Nabo Barsha in Bengal.
Panchang, 13 April 2020
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:11 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:43
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)24:26 Chandrastama (Moonset)10:28
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Shashthi – 16:18
Nakshatra Mula – 19:02
Yoga Parigha – 19:09
Karana Vishti – 28:08*
Purnimanta Month Vaisaakha
Amavasyanta Month Chaitra
Shaka Samvatsara: Sharvari
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Pramadicha
Rahu Kalam: 07:45 – 09:19
Gulika Kalam: 14:01 – 15:35
Yama Gandam: 10:53 – 12:27
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Meena – 20:39:11
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Dhanu
Amrita Kalam 12:41 – 14:16
Abhijit: 12:02 – 12:52
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 28:54* – 30:32*
Durmuhurthams: 15:22 – 16:13