Birthdays are quite special for one and all. Today, almost everyone follows the Gregorian calendar (western method) to celebrate their birthday. In the pursuit of copying the customs of the English calendar, we’re slowly forgetting the Indian culture and the tradition of following the Hindu calendar.
According to astrology, if you’re celebrating your birthday as per the Tithi (lunar day) or as per your star birthday, it’s considered more auspicious and spiritually beneficial for you. The day and month you’re born to define a lot about your personality, that’s unique to you and also links out a connection between the planetary energies and your date of birth.
As per the customs of the Indian tradition, importance is given to the position of the Sun and the Moon. Multiple regions within the Indian subcontinent follow the position of the Sun through various zodiac signs to locate your birthdate as per your birth star. You must also check and ensure that the star extends to a minimum period of 6 ghatis (Nazhika), which is 2 hours and 24 minutes after sunrise. If it is shorter than this, you are advised to celebrate your birthday on the previous date.
The traditional Vedic astrology uses your birthday as one of the five essential elements to create your birth chart (or Kundli). The five elements being the date, month, time, year, and place of birth. Use our free astrology online service to generate your detailed Kundli.
Significance of Tithis in Birthday
Tithis plays a significant role in determining your birthday from the ancient ages. In the initial days, Hindus used to celebrate their birthdays based on the Vedic date (Tithi) of the lunisolar calendar instead of relying on the Gregorian calendar.
Most of the Indian festivals commemorate the birthdays of deities and are based on the lunisolar calendar of Tithi. For example, Lord Rama’s birthday falls on the Shukla Navami Tithi of Chaitra month every year, while Lord Krishna’s birthday falls on the Krishna Ashtami Tithi of the Shravana month.
Many astrologers believe that if you have an Amavasya birth, it’s a bad omen for you. Since the Moon as a planet guarantees the well-being of every individual, as per Vedic astrology, its combustion can impact your mental health specially if you’re born during the Amavasya & Pratipada Tithi.
If we look at the technical aspects of the term “Tithi”, it is the Vedic date of the lunisolar calendar and measures the angular displacement of the Moon from the Sun. It’s the period between two consecutive full moons’ (exact 180° displacement of the Moon from the Sun) is about 29.5 civil days.
Each Tithi is a measure of 12° and there are fifteen Tithis in both the waxing phase (Shukla paksha), and fifteen Tithis in the waning phase (Krishna Paksha).
Benefits of Celebrating Birthdays as per Tithis
Time and again, it has been proven that celebrating your birthday as per Tithis can benefit you in myriad forms. Here are some of the most notable benefits:
- You get to feel positive vibrations at the time of your birth and the Tithi that’s favorable for you
- Your Janam-tithi makes available the favorable principles as per your birth time so that you get the maximum benefit while performing aukshan (the ritual of lighting lamps to welcome the divine waves on Earth). It also helps because the position of celestial bodies like the stars and constellations coincide with that of your birth.
- Celebrating birthdays by Tithi helps one attain more spiritual benefits which isn’t the case when the celebrations happen according to the English dates and months.
- It makes you self-introspect on your past achievements and your probable goals for the upcoming future.
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How to Celebrate Birthday for Long Life and Prosperity
Health should always be our priority irrespective of the age we’re of. So, if you’re on the lookout for ways on how to celebrate birthday at home and maintain your proactiveness and health, these suggestions can help you:
- Wake up early in the morning, take a bath, and wear new clothes
- Stay away from violence and keep your conduct throughout the day
- Avoid the intake of non-vegetarian food and alcohol on this day
- Indulge in praying to the Almighty for your well-being and give food to the needy, birds, and animals
- Conduct Ganesh pooja, Vishnu pooja, and Bhagwati pooja to gain good health, wealth, and prosperity. The ones who’re fearing a threat to their life should chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra.
Depending on the Vara of the week, your birthday has its significance. The following list can help you better understand how the results are predicted:
- Sunday – It indicates long journeys
- Monday – You’ll enjoy good food
- Tuesday – You’re prone to get affected by diseases
- Wednesday – You’ll get some big gains and achievements in education
- Thursday – You’ll receive expensive clothes
- Friday – It indicates that you’ll have a good fortune
- Saturday – It indicates significant problems for your parents
Conducting the pooja of the lord of the weekday as per your birth date can keep all doshas and other malefic effects at a distance. For example, if your birthday falls on a Wednesday, you can pray to the planet Mercury (the ruling planet of Wednesday).