Dear Sampadakare namaskaragaLu,
With reference to Rashmi Gopalakrishnaa question* - Can we get panchanga in America?. Yes we can get it.
For the first time A panchanga ( Hindu Almanac) to cater to the needs of Indians in USA & Canada has been prepared by my brother Mr.Ramakrishna Sastry & his son Mr.R. Kumar ( Famous Vontikoppal Panchaga Manidra, Mysore).
This has the latitudes & longitudes of all the major towns & cities in USA, Canada, Mexico.
Planetray postions for major towns in all the states are given and few examples of how to prepare horoscope for kids born in USA is also given. Also the day light savings time (spring forward and fall back) are taken into account in all the calculations. It is a great research work.
This Panchanga is in Kannada language & can be purchased in Karnataka in all major book stores (Rs 80).
Name:- " America samyukta Samsthanada panchanga "
Also it can be purchsed from the publisher by sending Money Order (add postage) :
Address:- Bhageerathi printers, No 103, 13th A cross; V. V. Mohalla, Mysore -570002, Karnataka State, India
Phone# 0821- 513062
If anybody is seriously interested, I can send a xerox copy. Please contact me at :
Krishna Sastry, 726 Maucker road, Cedar Falls, Iowa-50613, USA.
Phone 319-268-0903 (Home); 319-292-4923 (Work 6 am to 3 pm , central)
A brief background of Vontikoppal Panchanga:
In 1885, (118 years ago) for the first time a panchanga was prepared in Kannada Language by the late Asthana Maha Vidwan Thammaiah Sastry of Chamarajanagar. He was honored by the Maharaja of Mysore with various titles. After publishing it for 35 years, his son Late T.V.Venkata Krishna Sastry of Vontikopla(V.V.Mohalla) published it for 30 years.
Then his son Mr.Ramakrishna Sastry published it for 35 years & still he is guiding his son and grandson. Now his son Mr. R.Kumar is publishing it for the last 18 years. Vontikoppal Panchanga is famous like Mysore Mallige & Mysore sandalwood.
I am a regular visitor to thatskannada website. I was just thinking if you can have a small space for daily panchaga saying that days vara, nakshtra, rahukala, tithi and any special event of that day like any festival etc. It would be nice to know all these becuase even though many people have panchagas from India, because of the time difference it would be nice to have every day religious information here for our kannda readers. I also wanted to know that one of the kannada snaghas here in U.S.A have obtained the rights to sell Ontikoppal Panchaga. If you know anything about that or about that particular sangha can you please provide me with their contact information. Thanks a lot,
- Rashmi Gopalakrishna
26 Aug, 2003