When is Upakarma in 2017? If you are confused about this, here is the clarification. In 2017, since Shravan Purnima coincides with Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahanam), many Pundits recommend this day as ‘Varjit’ (Tyaja Divas) for Upakarma. Then, when you need to observe it?
The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham’s Kalanirnaya Panchangam by Lakkavajjhala Subramanya Siddhanthi has cleared the confusion by stating the dates of Upakarma 2017 in detailed manner. Read more about Chandra Grahan on 7 August 2017..
Rigveda Upakarma 2017
Shravana Nakshatra is important for Rigvedi Brahmins but this Nakshatra should be avoided this time due to Lunar Eclipse on 7 August. Hence, ‘Hasta Nakshatra Panchami’ is stated as Rig Upakarma day.
Rigveda Upakarma 2017 date – 28 JULY 2017
Pournami is important for Yajurvedi Brahmins. Shravana Pournami should be avoided this time due to Lunar Eclipse on 7 August. So, Bhadrapada Pournami is stated as Yajur Upakarma.
Yajurveda Upakarma 2017 date – 6 SEPTEMBER 2017
Hasta Nakshatra is important for Samavedi Brahmins. Since there is ‘Samaveda Shakhadhipathi Moudyam’, Upakarma can be observed after Shakhadhipathi Shanti.
Samaveda Upakarma 2017 date – 25 AUGUST 2017
Adhyaayaanaamupakarma Shravanyaam Taittireeyakaa |
Bahrvahchashravane Kuryu Hastarukshe Samavedina ||
Poornima Shravana Hastaa Parayuthaa Kaarya ||
The ‘Sloka 1’ affirms the above dates for Rig Upakarma, Yajur Upakarma and Sama Upakarma in 2017.
Grahane Sankramevaapi Moudyepi GuruShukrayoh |
Proshtapadyaam Upaakuryaath Shravanedooshithe Yadi ||
Upakarma Nakurveetha Kramaath Samargyajurvidah |
Graha Sankranti Yukteshu Hasta Shravana Parvasu ||
Based on ‘Sloka 2’ and ‘Sloka 3’, Sri Hemalamba Nama Samvatsara Shravana Pournima is avoidable since Shravana Nakshatra is Malefic for Rig Upakarma due to Lunar Eclipse, Shravana Purnima is malefic for Yajur Upakarma, and Shravan Month is malefic for Samavedi Upakarma.
Prathivarsham Kreeyamanopaakaraneethu Moodhadhi Doshopethe Pi ||
Shravana Evakaryamityuktham Bhavathi ||
Grahanamthu Ubhayathraapi Varjyameva Kaaryam ||
According to ‘Sloka 4’, when Shravan Purnima falls during Moudyam (Guru Moudyam or Shukra Moudyam), it is avoidable for ‘First Time Upakarma’ ( for those who observe it for first time). It is preferable for regular performers even it falls during Moudyam.
But since this Shravana Pournami coincides with Lunar Eclipse, this day should be avoidable for all.
Source of Information: Kalanirnaya Panchangam by LS Siddhanthi