The occasion of Bhartiya Nav Varsh was marked by cultural and spiritual celebrations across India including Amravati(Maharashtra), Bangalore(Karnataka), Chakan(Maharashtra), Dehradun(Uttarakhand), Dwarka(New Delhi), Ghaziabad(U.P), Jaipur(Rajasthan), Jodhpur(Rajasthan), Kurukshetra(Haryana), Mangolpuri(New Delhi), Nurmahal(Punjab), Patel Nagar(New Delhi), Patharadi(Maharashtra), Pithoragarh(Uttarakhand), Rudrapur(Uttarakhand), Vishnu Garden(New Delhi) etc, by the respective regional branches of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) - a non-government, non-profit and a leading socio- spiritual organization, Headed and Founded by His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji. Every year, the Bhartiya Nav Varsh is celebrated on Chaitra Shukala Pratipada (March – April). This year, Vikram Samvat begun on March 18th.
People today are unaware about the significance of the celebration of this New Year, which is based on the moon (lunar calendar). The calendar that we follow today is the English Calendar, which celebrates the New Year on 1st January. The Nav Varsh celebrations were marked with fervour all over the country. The divine events commenced with the chanting of Ved Mantras, followed by Havan Yagna, keeping up with the tradition of the sages. The events also included cultural dance performances by both adults and children. Some of the programs also included debates on the spiritual and scientific significance of the Lunar New Year and the difference between the solar and lunar calendars was explained in details. Many branches also included plays conveying the cultural significance of this occasion. Inspirational sermons by devoted disciples helped enlighten the minds of the masses and facilitated them to understand and appreciate our cultural heritage.
The events also included exhibitions on the social programs run by DJJS and stalls of spiritual literature by the organisation. This gave the masses an opportunity to understand the vision of DJJS better.
People present for the occasion, understood, its high time we start celebrating the real New-Year, which is actually the day when the earth came into existence. We’ve been celebrating the English New-Year blindly for ages, now it’s time to embrace and follow our culture, which is so scientific and precise. These events gave people a chance to celebrate together and pray for the welfare of Mother-Earth and mankind. The events concluded with the divine Mangal-Aarti where everyone present, sang in unison and Maha-Prasad was then served to all.