Today (16 Jul) is the start of the month of
Kataka (Tamil: Aadi) according to the
Nirayana Sauramana calendar.
In terms of astronomy, this marks the
entry of Sun into Kataka Rasi.
It is considered to be
the start of Dakshinayana.
However, just as Uttarayana,
Dakshinayana start shifts over
the years and already happened on 20 Jun.
Should we celebrate the current start of
Uttarayana and Dakshinayana ?
I see two advantages of celebrating
start of Uttarayana (around 21 Dec) and
start of Dakshinayana (around 21 Jun)
as new festivals apart from the existing
One, we observe those days on
the days it is happening physically.
Two, we have two more extra days
to celebrate in the year !!
As we saw in the case of Ratha Saptami,
we cannot move an existing tradition.
Although, Ratha Saptami used to mark
the start of Uttarayana during
the Bharata war, traditions still celebrate it.
(this was around 5000 years back)
But we can create new traditions.
Celebrating the start of Dakshinayana
during the start Kataka month is a newer
practice (relative to the Ratha Saptami
Dusk for Devas
Our one year is considered to be one day
for the Devas. The Uttarayana six months
is the day and Daskshinaya six months,
the night for the Devas. [+]
The month of Kataka is the dusk and the
month of Makara (Tamil: Tai) is the dawn
for the Devas. Twilight time of the Devas
is considered auspicious.
So, we are in that time of the year when
it is the evening twilight for the Devas.
Friday is an auspicious day of the week.
A Friday of Kataka month is
double auspicious !
During my childhood days,
my mother used to make
Modaka (Tamil: Kozakattai)
every Friday in the months of
Kataka (Tamil: Aadi Velli) and
Makara (Tamil: Tai Velli).
To this day, I connect
the taste of this sweet
to these Fridays !
[+] Six months of day light and
six months of night is true for
North/South Pole too. Is there a
connection between the Devas
and the Poles ?
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