Chakra Announcements

Date of Radhastami observance miscalculated

by Bhaktarupa das

Posted July 30, 2003

BHUBANESVARA, India -- It appears that there is a mistake in the VCal computer program, concerning the date of observance of Radhastami for some places this year. H.H. Bhanu Maharaja is recommending that some temples observe on 4 September, not on 3 September as calculated by the VCal computer program for these places.

This change will only affect locations between longitudes of approximately 50 to 90 degrees East. This includes all of India and neighboring countries, far western China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, parts of Iran and, for the former Soviet Union, places such as Alma-Ata, Tashkent, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Omsk and Sverdlovsk. It does not affect Mauritius or the Middle East.

Writing from Madras, India, Bhanu Swami provided technical details of the observance calculation:

"If the astami tithi starts after the sunrise on our calendar and ends before the next sunrise (navami tithi starts before the next sunrise), then we can celebrate the next day, according to what the Navadvipa Panjika follows," he wrote. "If the astami starts before the sunrise, it should be celebrated on that day."

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we will arrange for a new version of VCal to be distributed as soon as possible.