14 April 2018 is Charak Puja (Neel Pooja, Hajrha Puja). It is celebrated mainly in Bengal and Bangladesh. It falls on the last day of Chaitra Month in Bengali calendar. It is also popular as Chaitra Songkranti. In some places, Neel Pooja is also performed on 13 April.
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, 14 April 2018
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:11 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:43
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)29:42 Chandrastama (Moonset)17:16
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Trayodashi – 09:11
Nakshatra Uttara Bhadrapada – 28:28*
Yoga Indra – 27:06*
Karana Vishti – 20:59
Purnimanta Month Vaisaakha
Amavasyanta Month Chaitra
Shaka Samvatsara: Vilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Virodhikruthi
Rahu Kalam: 09:19 – 10:53
Gulika Kalam: 06:11 – 07:45
Yama Gandam: 14:01 – 15:35
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Meena – 08:27:30
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Meena
Amrita Kalam 23:37 – 25:14*
Abhijit: 12:02 – 12:52
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 13:56 – 15:32
Durmuhurthams: 07:01 – 07:51