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Ugadi festivities: Panchanga Sravanam evokes interest for different reasons

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Ugadi celebration   | Photo Credit: N BASHKARAN

Panchanga Sravanam, an intrinsic part of Ugadi festivities, evokes interest for different reasons

“It is a reading of a planner and prepares you for any outcome,” says Saagi Kamalakara Sharma referring to Panchanga Sravanam, the ritual of reading the almanac during Ugadi. On Saturday, the siddhanti-and-professor will occupy centre stage at Shilparamam when he interprets the almanac readings to the audience. ‘How will the rains be’, ‘Will politics see a change?’, ‘What is the score for different rashis...’ These are some of the common questions he is asked during the narration. For six years now, Sharma has been delivering his Panchanga Sravanam sessions, which has seen an increasing audience year after year. “It is a mixed response,” he tells us about youngsters’ interest in these narrations. “They are not interested in rains or politics, but they are curious when it concerns their own raashi and want to know the good or bad period.”

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A file photo of people participating in the Ugadi celebrations

A file photo of people participating in the Ugadi celebrations   | Photo Credit: By arrangement

anchanga Sravanam is as much an intrinsic part of Ugadi festivities as the Ugadi Pachhadi. After traditional celebrations in the mornings, it is common to see Telugus dressed in their best, visit a temple or gather at a community hall to listen to panchanga sravanam, usually in the evenings or simple watch the session on television at home. Software professional Srivalli, with her graduate-daughter Sriranjani in tow, listens to these predictions. “There is a special joy in knowing that your tomorrow will be better,” she says.

Sharma also points out the onset of spring is also the best time to make a new beginning. “There is greenery all around. It is the first season of the Lunar calendar and nature is ready to bloom. Making resolutions during this period will yield results.”

Childhood memories

While artist Priyanka Aelay enjoys these traditional festivities, she never believed in almanac readings. Being practical and taking life as it comes is her mantra. Ugadi kindles childhood memories when she travelled with her parents to Singaram her grandmother’s village near Bhongir. “Ugadi was about traditions. We still continue the tradition of tying a mango leaf to our wrist as kankanam.” Family members tie a mango leaf with this sacred thread smeared in turmeric to their wrists to signify auspiciousness. “My parents tie the kankanam to each other and my mother would then tie this kankanam to us; we keep it till the next morning.”

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Vikari nama Samvastaram!

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