14 April 2019 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 2019
परिधावी नाम संवत्सर, चैत्र मॉस, शुक्ल पक्ष, नवमी, पुष्य – अश्लेषा नक्षत्र, धृति योग, शूल योग, तैतिल करण |
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:11 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:43
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)13:34 Chandrastama (Moonset)27:07
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Navami – 09:35
Nakshatra Pushya – 07:40
Skipped Nakshatra : Ashlesha – 30:00*
Yoga Dhriti – 08:06
Skipped Yoga : Shula – 29:00*
Karana Taitila – 20:24
Purnimanta Month Chaitra
Amavasyanta Month Chaitra
Shaka Samvatsara: Vikari
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Paridhavi
Rahu Kalam: 17:09 – 18:43
Gulika Kalam: 15:35 – 17:09
Yama Gandam: 12:27 – 14:01
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Meena – 14:25:22
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Karka – 30:00:08*
Amrita Kalam 28:30* – 30:00*
Abhijit: 12:02 – 12:52
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 19:35 – 21:04
Durmuhurthams: 17:03 – 17:53