Navasamvatsara, Navasaṃvatsara, Nava-samvatsara: 1 definition



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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Navasaṃvatsara (नवसंवत्सर) is the name of a festival that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Navasaṃvatsara proceeds as follows: The 1st of the bright half of Caitra is deemed to be the 1st day of creation. The two component parts of this festival are: Worship of Brahmā and the performance of Mahāśānti. The latter comprises the worship of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara, the planets and constellations, the divisions of time, fourteen Devendras, fourteen Manus, the sages, the daughters of Dakṣa, other goddesses, seven continents, nine divisions of Bhārata, seven worlds, seven nether worlds, five elements, the intelligence, the soul, the Puruṣa, the mountains, the rivers, the Vināyakas, the nymphs, the Ādityas, the Vasus, the Rudras, the Viśvedevas, the Aśvins, the Bhṛgus, the Aṅgirasas, the Sādhyas, the Maruts etc.; hearing of the year, the month and the day, and the deities presiding over them; and feasting of the Brāhmaṇas and the relatives.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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