Padwa, also known as Bali Pratipada, New Year, Nutan Varsh, Bestu Varsh or Saal Mubarak, is the first
day that marks the festival of Diwali in India.
People go to mandirs for the darshan of God. People greet each other on this day by uttering, ‘Saalmubaarak’.
This year Padwa fall on 8th September 2018 on Thursday. In Hindu calendar it is fall on 1st day of Kartik
Kartik Shukla Pratipada (First day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik)
People therefore offer Bali pujan on this day. On Kartik sud 1, Lord Vaman asked king Bali for 3 strides of land Devpodhi Ekadashi for details. King Bali pleased the Lord by offering everything. In remembrance of his devotion, Vamanji gave a boon that this auspicious day will be famed as ‘Balipratipadaa’.
This is the half amongst the three and a half muhurts in a year. This is celebrated as the New Year’s Day according to the Vikram Samvat.
Due to the effect of this energy, the Sattva component from the universe gains momentum and auspicious frequencies are transmitted everywhere, in turn nurturing and activating the virtues. On this day since the special delicacies are prepared, Vishnu Principle gets activated in the environment. The frequencies of sattvikta and Chaitanya (Divine Consciousness) from the environment get attracted to the delicacies.
On this day between 3.35 a.m. and 6.35 a.m. and between 8.05 a.m. and 11.05 a.m, ritualistically worship the new accounting books and start using them.
On Balipratipada five coloured rangoli of the pictures of King Bali and his wife Vindhyawali is drawn on the ground and worshipped. Lamps and clothes are donated in the name of Bali.
Year : Vilambin
Vikrama Era : 2075
Saka Era : 1940
Ayana : Dakshinayana (South hemisphere)
Ritu : Sharada
Month : Kartika
Paksha : Shukla Paksha
Days Since Kaliyuga : 1869967.27922
Julian Day : 2458431.27922
Hindu Panchang Sunrise : 06:42
Hindu Panchang Sunset : 17:27
Sun in : Tula
Moon in : Tula
Hindu Panchang Moon Rise : 07:03:50
Hindu Panchang Moon Set : 18:13:52
Ayanamsa (Lahiri) : 24°06′56