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Friday, February 03, 2006

Vasanta pancamī

Yesterday, February 2, was Vasanta Pancamī. On that day the deities are dressed in yellow, the color of spring (in some temples the deities are in yellow throughout spring). In temples where the evening ārati song is Jayadeva's Śrita-kamala, the song is changed into Lalita Labanga Latā, also from Jayadeva's Gīta Govinda. In temples where other songs or just the mahā-mantra is sung, devotees commence singing a special vasanta-tune for them. In Sādhu Bābā's āśram this continues until Advaita Prabhu's Dola Saptamī, which is one week after Gaur Purnima, a total of 47 days. Spring celebrations culminate into the colorful Holi festival, which takes place around Gaura Pūrṇimā.

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