Vishukkani: Note these different timings at different places

People invariably ensure that none of the required items is left out. Photo: Manorama

Vishu is an auspicious religious celebration in Kerala. Observing it with grace and sanctity is considered by the Hindus as a propitious ritual to herald prosperity and well-being for the next whole new year of the Malayalam calendar.

Vishukkani is the first and prominent part of the day that marks the ceremonious beginning of the new year. It is a platter full of items one sees first in the morning symbolising what is in store for the rest of the year. There is a set of ritualistic paraphernalia in a steel plate or copper ware signifying prospects of wealth and well-being.

Arranging materials itself is an act of art and labour and requires a focussed effort. People invariably ensure that none of the required items is left out. Viewing the Vishukkani in the light of a traditional brass lamp, most likely placed before the idol of Lord Krishna, in the wee hours also endows believers with a sense peace, piety and blissful rapture.

The time of viewing is also important. The ancient scriptures had clearly mentioned it. Not just on the day of Vishu but waking up in the 'Brahma muhoortam' every day is said to enhance mental and physical well-being.
According to astrological calculation the time between 04.58 am and 7.50 am on April 14 is perfect for Vishukkani viewing.

Best time to Vishukkani in different places:
Chennai: 04.32 – 07.45
Mumbai: 04.22 – 07.42
Delhi: 04.32 – 07.40
UAE: 04.20 – 07.30
Qatar: 04.22 – 07.44
Saudi Arabia: 04.20 – 07.40
London: 04.15 – 07.15
New York: 04.20 - 07.22

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