- Thursday 22nd Sep 2016
Saptami Shraddha Autumnal Equinox Rohini Vrat
Saptami Tithi Ends = 04:18 on 23/Sep/2016
Autumnal Equinox Local Time
Autumnal Equinox Time = 19:50:31
Sunrise = 06:15:36
Sunset = 18:23:05
Day Duration = 12 Hours 07 Mins 29 Secs
Previous Day Duration = 12 Hours 08 Mins 49 Secs
Next Day Duration = 12 Hours 06 Mins 09 Secs
2016 Autumnal Equinox, September Equinox
An Equinox is an astronomical event that happens twice, once in spring and once in autumn, each year when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. During Equinoxes the tilt of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is 0° and because of it duration of the day and the night are almost equal on Equinox day i.e. 12 hours.
Equinoxes occur on 20th or 21st March and 22nd or 23rd September each year and both days has equal length of the day and the night. During March it is spring time in the Northern hemisphere and March Equinox is called Vernal Equinox and Spring Equinox while it is autumn time in the Southern hemisphere and March Equinox is called Autumnal Equinox and Fall Equinox. In other words on March Equinox it is spring time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India and China while it is autumn time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.
Similarly, during September it is autumn time in the Northern hemisphere and September Equinox is called Autumnal Equinox and Fall Equinox while it is spring time in the Southern hemisphere and September Equinox is called Vernal Equinox and Spring Equinox. In other words on September Equinox it is autumn time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India and China while it is spring time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.
To avoid any confusion Equinoxes are preferably referred as March Equinox (Northern Equinox) and September Equinox (Southern Equinox). In Hindu astrology Autumnal Equinox is known as Sharad Vishuva or Sharad Sampat. Due to precession Hindu equivalent of Autumnal Equinox has drifted apart and celebrated on Tula Sankranti.
2016 Rohini Vrat
Rohini Vrat is significant fasting day in Jain community. Rohini Vrat is mainly observed by women for the long life of their husbands. Rohini is one of the Nakshatra out of twenty-seven Nakshatra in Jain and Hindu calendar.
Rohini fasting is observed on the day when Rohini Nakshatra prevails after sunrise. It is believed that those who observe Rohini fasting can get rid of all types of sorrows and poverty. The Parana of Rohini Nakshatra is done during Margashirsha Nakshatra when Rohini Nakshatra ends.
There are twelve Rohini fasting days in a year. Usually Rohini Vrat is observed for three, five or seven years continuously. The advisable duration of Rohini fasting is five years and five months. Rohini fasting should be finished with Udyapana.