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And a very Happy New Year to all our friends in Local Circles. more  
This auspicious day is also a new year day for people in many states of India. As far as I know, AP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, J & K, and some states of Eastern India celebrate New Year day on this day. In AP, we start the day with prayers to the Lord wearing new clothes after a good head bath (Abhyngan Snan). The house is nicely cleaned up on the earlier day, and decorated with green mango leaves, marygold flowers etc tied as mala to all the doors. A special feature of this day is that we take a prasad made of Neem flowers, raw mango cut pieces, gur, green chillies, salt and some tamrind (Imli) juice. All are mixed in approximation and taken on empty stomach. It may be noted that each item represents one of the six ruchis also known as "shadruchi' which according to "PAKA SHASTRA" (art of cooking) are essential for a grand meal. A visit to the nearest temple and prayers offered to the presiding diety. In the afternoon a sumptuous meal with sweets, different forms of rice preperations, puran poli ( Bobbatlu in Telugu) etc. The evening every temple conducts a programme of Panchang (Almanac) Shravanam where people collect, listen to the year's forecast as per the panchangam, and offer gifts and charity to the Pandit reading out the Panchangam ....(essentially to help the purohits in the villages of yesteryears !)
This is essentially the culture of Andhra in brief and I have taken the liberty of writing a long and detailed post for the information and knowledge of our friends from other states... to understand our Bharat, i.e our Nation. more  
चैत्र मास शुक्ल पक्ष प्रतिपदा विक्रम संवत २०७३ भारतीय नववर्ष तथा मातारानी के नवरात्रे पूजन के पावन आरंभ पर आप को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ एंव बधाई।नूतन वर्ष आपके परिवार के लिये प्रसन्नता व मंगल का प्रतीक बन हर कार्य में सहायक बने।जै माता जी की more  
May this Navratri as well as new Vikram Sambat 2073 (Indian New Year, the oldest calendar of the world, bring health, wealth, peace and happiness in the life of members & experts of this circle. This is perhaps the biggest festival of India being celebrated under different name in different parts of India. The climate also changes from this Navratri from winter to summer season every year. Fasting on fruits, green boiled vegetables, dry fruits, fruits and vegetable juices with least salt and sugar intake will remove toxins from the body to keep you healthy. For those who believe in numerology, the New Vikram Sambat 2073 will be good for persons born on 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 of any month. more  
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