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The Hindu calendar refers to a set of various lunisolar calendars that are traditionally used in the Indian subcontinent and South-east Asia, with further regional variations for social and Hindu religious purposes. They adopt a similar underlying concept for timekeeping based on sidereal year for solar cycle and adjustment of lunar cycles in every three years, however also differ in their relative emphasis to moon cycle or the sun cycle and the names of months and when they consider the New Year to start.Of the various regional calendars, the most studied and known Hindu calendars are the Shalivahana Shaka found in South India, Vikram Samvat (Bikrami) found in Nepal, North and Central regions of India, Tamil calendar used in Tamil Nadu, and the Bengali calendar used in Bengal – all of which emphasize the lunar cycle. Their new year starts in spring. In contrast, in regions such as Kerala, the solar cycle is emphasized and this is called the Malayalam calendar, their new year starts in autumn, and these have origins in the second half of the 1st millennium CE. A Hindu calendar is sometimes referred to as Panchanga (पञ्चाङ्ग).
The ancient Hindu calendar conceptual design is also found in the Jewish calendar, but different from the Gregorian calendar.Unlike the Gregorian calendar which adds additional days to the lunar month to adjust for the mismatch between twelve lunar cycles (354 lunar days) and nearly 365 solar days, the Hindu calendar maintains the integrity of the lunar month, but insert an extra full month by complex rules, every few years, to ensure that the festivals and crop-related rituals fall in the appropriate season.
The Hindu calendars have been in use in the Indian subcontinent since Vedic times, and remain in use by the Hindus all over the world, particularly to set Hindu festival dates. Early Buddhist communities of India adopted the ancient Indian calendar, later Vikrami calendar and then local Buddhist calendars. Buddhist festivals continue to be scheduled according to a lunar system.The Buddhist calendar and the traditional lunisolar calendars of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand are also based on an older version of the Hindu calendar. Similarly, the ancient Jain traditions have followed the same lunisolar system as the Hindu calendar for festivals, texts and inscriptions. However, the Buddhist and Jain timekeeping systems have attempted to use the Buddha and the Mahavira's lifetimes as their reference points.
The Hindu calendar is also important to the practice of Hindu astrology and zodiac system.
Indian Calendar 2020 - Festivals and Indian Holidays
[The current year] minus one,
multiplied by twelve,
multiplied by two,
added to the elapsed [half months of current year],
increased by two for every sixty [in the sun],
is the quantity of half-months (syzygies).
The Vedic culture developed a sophisticated time keeping methodology and calendars for Vedic rituals,and timekeeping as well as the nature of solar and moon movements are mentioned in Vedic texts. For example, Kaushitaki Brahmana chapter 19.3 mentions the shift in the relative location of the sun towards north for 6 months, and south for 6 months.
Time keeping was important to Vedic rituals, and Jyotisha was the Vedic era field of tracking and predicting the movements of astronomical bodies in order to keep time, in order to fix the day and time of these rituals.This study was one of the six ancient Vedangas, or ancillary science connected with the Vedas – the scriptures of Vedic Sanatan Sanskriti.
David Pingree has proposed that the field of timekeeping in Jyotisha may have been "derived from Mesopotamia during the Achaemenid period",but Yukio Ohashi considers this proposal as "definitely wrong". Ohashi states that this Vedanga field developed from actual astronomical studies in ancient India. The texts of Vedic Jyotisha sciences were translated into the Chinese language in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE, and the Rigvedic passages on astronomy are found in the works of Zhu Jiangyan and Zhi Qian. According to Subhash Kak, beginning of the Hindu calendar was much earlier. He cites Greek historians describing Maurya kings referring to a calendar which originated in 6676 BC known as Saptarsi calendar.
The Vikrami calendar is named after king Vikramaditya and starts in 57 BCE.
Dharmic (Hindu) scholars kept precise time by observing and calculating the cycles of (Surya) i.e. the sun, moon and the planets. These calculations about the sun appear in various astronomical texts in Sanskrit, such as the 5th-century Aryabhatiya by Aryabhata, the 6th-century Romaka by Latadeva and Panca Siddhantika by Varahamihira, the 7th-century Khandakhadyaka by Brahmagupta and the 8th-century Sisyadhivrddida by Lalla.These texts present Surya and various planets and estimate the characteristics of the respective planetary motion. Other texts such as Surya Siddhanta dated to have been completed sometime between the 5th century and 10th century present their chapters on various deified planets with stories behind them.
The manuscripts of these texts exist in slightly different versions. They present Surya, planet-based calculations and Surya's relative motion to earth. These vary in their data, suggesting that the text were open and revised over their lives.For example, the 1st millennium CE Sanathana Dharma (Hindu) scholars calculated the sidereal length of a year as follows, from their astronomical studies, with slightly different results:
|Hindu text||Estimated length of the sidereal year|
|Surya Siddhanta||365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 36.56 seconds|
|Paulica Siddhanta||365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 36 seconds|
|Paracara Siddhanta||365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 31.50 seconds|
|Arya Siddhanta||365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 30.84 seconds|
|Laghu Arya Siddhanta||365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds|
|Siddhanta Shiromani||365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 9 seconds|
The Hindu texts used the lunar cycle for setting months and days, but the solar cycle to set the complete year. This system is similar to the Jewish and Babylonian ancient calendars, creating the same challenge of accounting for mismatch between the nearly 354 lunar days in twelve months, versus nearly 365 solar days in a year.They tracked the solar year by observing the entrance and departure of surya (sun, at sunrise and sunset) in the constellation formed by stars in the sky, which they divided into 12 intervals of 30 degrees each. Like other ancient human cultures, Hindus innovated a number of systems of which intercalary months became most used, that is adding another month every 32.5 months on average. As their calendar keeping and astronomical observations became more sophisticated, the Hindu calendar became more sophisticated with complex rules and greater accuracy.
According to Scott Montgomery, the siddhanta tradition at the foundation of Hindu calendars predate the Christian era, once had 18 texts of which only 5 have survived into the modern era.These texts provide specific information and formulae on motions of sun, moon and planets, to predict their future relative positions, equinoxes, rise and set, with corrections for prograde, retrograde motions, as well as parallax. These ancient scholars attempted to calculate their time to the accuracy of a truti (29.63 microseconds). In their pursuit of accurate tracking of relative movements of celestial bodies for their calendar, they had computed the mean diameter of earth, which was very close to the actual 12,742 km (7,918 mi).
Hindu calendars were refined during the Gupta era astronomy by Āryabhaṭa and Varāhamihira in the 5th to 6th century. These in turn were based in the astronomical tradition of Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa , which in the preceding centuries had been standardised in a number of (non-extant) works known as Sūrya Siddhānta . Regional diversification took place in the medieval period. The astronomical foundations were further developed in the medieval period, notably by Bhāskara II (12th century).[ citation needed ]
Later, the term Jyotisha evolved to include Hindu astrology. The astrological application of the Hindu calendar was a field that likely developed in the centuries after the arrival of Greek astrology with Alexander the Great,because their zodiac signs are nearly identical.
The ancient Hindu texts on Jyotisha only discuss time keeping, and never mention astrology or prophecy.These ancient texts predominantly cover astronomy, but at a rudimentary level. Later medieval era texts such as the Yavana-jataka and the Siddhanta texts are more astrology-related.
Hinduism and Buddhism were the prominent religions of southeast Asia in the 1st millennium CE, prior to the Islamic conquest that started in the 14th century. The Hindus prevailed in Bali, Indonesia, and they have two types of Hindu calendar. One is a 210-day based Pawukon calendar which likely is a pre-Hindu system, and another is similar to lunisolar calendar system found in South India and it is called the Balinese saka calendar which uses Hindu methodology.The names of month and festivals of Balinese Hindus for the most part are different, though the significance and legends have some overlap.
Samvat refers to era of the several Hindu calendar systems in India and Nepal, in a manner that the consecutive years 1 BC and AD 1 mark the Christian era and the BC/AD system. There are several samvat found in historic Buddhist, Hindu and Jaina texts and epigraphy, of which three are most significant: Vikrama era, Old Shaka era and Shaka era of 78 AD.
Two traditions have been followed in the Indian subcontinent with respect to lunar months: Amanta tradition which ends the lunar month on no moon day, while Purnimanta tradition which ends it on full moon day.
Amavasyant (Amanta, Mukhyamana) tradition is followed by all Indian states that have a peninsular coastline (except Odisha), as well as Assam and Tripura.The states are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu,Andhra pradesh, Telangana, and West Bengal. Odisha and all other states follow the Purnimanta (Gaunamana) tradition.
Purnimanta tradition was being followed in the Vedic era. It was replaced with Amanta system and in use as the Hindu calendar system prior to 1st century BCE, but the Purnimanta tradition was restarted in 57 BCE by Vikramaditya who wanted to return to the Vedic roots.The presence of this system is one of the factors considered in dating ancient manuscripts and epigraphical evidence of India that have survived into the modern era.
A month contains two fortnights called pakṣa (पक्ष, literally "side").One fortnight is the bright, waxing half where the moon size grows and it ends in the full moon. This is called "Gaura Paksha" or Shukla Paksha. The other half is the darkening, waning fortnight which ends in the new moon. This is called "Vadhya Paksha" or Krishna Paksha. The Hindu festivals typically are either on or the day after the full moon night or the darkest night (amavasya, अमावास्या), except for some associated with Krishna, Durga or Rama. The lunar months of the hot summer and the busy major cropping-related part of the monsoon season typically do not schedule major festivals.
A combination of the Paksha system, and the two traditions of Amanta and Purnimanta systems, has led to alternate ways of dating any festival or event in the historic Hindu, Buddhist or Jain literature, and contemporary regional literature or festival calendars. For example, the Hindu festival of colors called Holi falls on the first day (full moon) of Chaitra lunar month's dark fortnight in the Purnimanta system, while the same exact day for Holi is expressed in Amanta system as the Purnima (full moon) lunar day of Phalguna.Both time measuring and dating systems are equivalent ways of meaning the same thing, they continue to be in use in different regions, though the Purnimanta system is now typically assumed as implied in modern Indology literature if not specified.
There are 12 months in the Vedic lunar calendar (Sanskrit : मासाः ). If the transits of the Sun through various constellations (Rāśi) are used, then we get solar months, which do not shift with reference to the Gregorian calendar. In practice, solar months are mostly referred as Rāśi (not months). The solar months (Rāśi) along with the corresponding Hindu seasons and Gregorian months are:
| Ṛtu |
|Ṛtu in Devanagari script||Bengali name for Ṛtu||Gujarati name for Ṛtu||Kannada name for Ṛtu||Kashmiri name for Ṛtu||Malayalam name for Ṛtu||Odia name for Ṛtu||Tamil name for Ṛtu||Telugu name for Ṛtu||Tibetan name for Ṛtu||Kalachakra tantra Tibetan-name for Ṛtu|
|ग्रीष्म||গ্রীষ্ম (Grishsho)||ગ્રીષ્મ ઋતુ (Grīṣma Ṛtu)||ಗ್ರೀಷ್ಮ ಋತು (Grīṣma Ṛtu)||گرٛێشِم |
|ഗ്രീഷ്മം (Grīṣmam)||ଗ୍ରୀଷ୍ମ (Griṣma)||இளவேனில் (ilavenil)||గ్రీష్మ ఋతువు (Grīṣma Ṛtuvu)||དཔྱིད་ཐ་མ་དང་དབྱར་ར་བ། (shid dama, thang, yar rawa)||སོ་ག(soga)|
|वर्षा||বর্ষা (Bôrsha)||વર્ષા ઋતુ (Varṣa Ṛtu)||ವರ್ಷ ಋತು (Varṣa Ṛtu)||ؤہراتھ |
|വര്ഷം (Varṣām)||ବର୍ଷା (Barṣā)||முதுவேனில் (mudhuvenil)||వర్ష ఋతువు (Varṣa Ṛtuvu)||དབྱར་བར་མ་དང་དབྱར་ཐ་མ (yarwarma, thang, yardama)||དབྱར་ག (yarka)|
|शरद्||শরৎ(Shôrôt)||શરદ ઋતુ (Śarad Ṛtu)||ಶರದೃತು (Śaradṛtu)||ہَرُد |
|ശരത് (Śarat)||ଶରତ (Śarata)||கார் (kaar)||శరదృతువు (Śaradṛtuvu)||སྟོན་ར་བ་དང་སྟོན་བར་མ (ston rawa, thang, ston warma)||སྟོན་ཁ (stonka)|
|Vṛścika||Agahana / Margashira||Nov-Dec||Hemanta |
|हेमन्त||হেমন্ত (Hemôntô)||હેમંત ઋતુ (Hēmaṃta Ṛtu)||ಹೇಮಂತ ಋತು (Hēmaṃta Ṛtu)||وَنٛدٕ |
|ഹേമന്തം (Hemantam)||ହେମନ୍ତ (Hemanta)||குளிர் (kulir)||హేమంత ఋతువు (Hēmaṃta Ṛtuvu)||སྟོན་ཐ་མ་དང་དགུན་ར་བ (ston da ma, thang, dgun rawa)||དགུན་སྟོད (dgun stod)|
|शिशिर||শীত (Śeet)||શિશિર ઋતુ (Śiśira Ṛtu)||ಶಿಶಿರ ಋತು (Śiśira Ṛtu)||شِشُر/ شِشِر |
/ʃiʃur/ or /ʃiʃir/
|ശിശിരം (Śiśiram)||ଶୀତ/ଶିଶିର (Śīta/Śiśira)||முன்பனி (munpani)||శిశిర ఋతువు (Śiśira Ṛtuvu)||དགུན་བར་མ་དང་དགུན་ཐ་མ (dgun warma, thang, dgun dama)||དགུན་སྨད (dgun smad)|
|वसन्त||বসন্ত (Bôsôntô)||વસંત ઋતુ (Vasaṃta Ṛtu)||ವಸಂತ ಋತು (Vasaṃta Ṛtu)||سونٛتھ |
|വസന്തം (Vasaṃtam)||ବସନ୍ତ (Basanta)||பின்பனி (pinpani)||వసంత ఋతువు (Vasaṃta Ṛtuvu)||དཔྱིད་ར་བ་དང་དཔྱིད་བར་མ (shid rawa, thang, shid warma)||དཔྱིད་ཀ (shid ka)|
The names of the Indian months vary by region. Despite the significant differences between Indo-European languages and Dravidian languages, those Hindu calendars which are based on lunar cycle are generally phonetic variants of each other, while the solar cycle are generally variants of each other too, suggesting that the time keeping knowledge travelled widely across the Indian subcontinent in ancient times.
The Tamil lunar month names are forward shifted by a month compared to Vikrami month names, in part because Tamil calendar integrates greater emphasis for the solar cycle in a manner similar to the neighboring Kerala region and it follows the Amanta system for lunar months. This is in contrast to Vikrami calendar which keeps the Purnimanta system and emphasizes the lunar cycle.A few major calendars are summarized below:
|Odia||Sindhi||Tamil||Tulu (solar)||Tibetan (lunar)||Gregorian|
|1||Vaisākha||Mēsha||Bohag||Boishakh||Vaisākha||/wahʲakʰ/ or /beːsaːkʰ/||Medam||Baisakha||Vaisakhu/ Vihaau||Chithirai||Paggu||ས་ག་ཟླ་བ||April–May|
|3||Āshāda||Mithuna||Ahar||Ashar||Āshāda||/haːr/||Mithunam||Asadha||Aakhaar / Aahaaru||Aani||Kārtel||ཆུ་སྟོད་ཟླ་བ||June–July|
|5||Bhādra||Singa||Bhado||Bhādrô/Bhāddur||Bhādrapada||/bəːdɨr pʲatʰ/ or /bəːd rʲatʰ/||Chingam||Bhadraba||Badro/ Baddo||Aavani||Sona||ཁྲིམས་སྟོད་ཟླ་བ||August–September|
|Vrischika||Aghün||Agrohoyon/Aghran||Mārgasira||/mand͡ʒhor/ or /mɔnd͡ʒihoːr/||Vrischikam||Margasira||Naahiri / Manghar||Karthigai||Jārde||མགོ་ཟླ་བ||November–December|
|9||Pausha||Dhanus||Puh||Poush/Pūsh||Pushya||/poh/ or /pɔh/||Dhanu||Pousa||Pohu||Margazhi||Perarde||རྒྱལ་ཟླ་བ||December–January|
Twelve Hindu mas (māsa, lunar month) are equal to approximately 354 days, while the length of a sidereal (solar) year is about 365 days. This creates a difference of about eleven days, which is offset every (29.53/10.63) = 2.71 years, or approximately every 32.5 months.The twelve months are subdivided into six lunar seasons timed with the agriculture cycles, blooming of natural flowers, fall of leaves, and weather. To account for the mismatch between lunar and solar calendar, the Hindu scholars adopted intercalary months, where a particular month just repeated. The choice of this month was not random, but timed to sync back the two calendars to the cycle of agriculture and nature.
The repetition of a month created the problem of scheduling festivals, weddings and other social events without repetition and confusion. This was resolved by declaring one month as Shudha (pure, clean, regular, proper, also called Deva month) and the other Mala or Adhika (extra, unclean and inauspicious, also called Asura masa).
The Indian mathematicians who calculated the best way to adjust the two years, over long periods of a yuga (era, tables calculating 1000 of years), they determined that the best means to intercalate the months is to time the intercalary months on a 19-year cycle. This intercalation is generally adopted in the 3rd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 16th and 19th year of this cycle. Further, the complex rules rule out the repetition of Mārgasirsa (also called Agahana), Pausha and Maagha lunar months. The historic Hindu texts are not consistent on these rules, with competing ideas flourishing in the Hindu culture.
The Hindu calendar makes further rare adjustments, over a cycle of centuries, where a certain month is considered kshaya month (dropped). This occurs because of the complexity of the relative lunar, solar and earth movements. Underhill (1991) describes this part of Hindu calendar theory: "when the sun is in perigee, and a lunar month being at its longest, if the new moon immediately precedes a samkranti, then the first of the two lunar months is deleted (called nija or kshaya)." This, for example, happened in the year 1 BCE, when there was no new moon between Makara samkranti and Kumbha samkranti, and the month of Pausha was dropped.
Just like months, the Hindu calendar has two measures of a day, one based on the lunar movement and the other on solar. The solar day or civil day, called divasa ( दिवस), has been what most Hindus traditionally use, is easy and empirical to observe, by poor and rich, with or without a clock, and it is defined as the period from one sunrise to another. The lunar day is called tithi (तिथि), and this is based on complicated measures of lunar movement. A lunar day or tithi may, for example, begin in the middle of an afternoon and end next afternoon.Both these days do not directly correspond to a mathematical measure for a day such as equal 24 hours of a solar year, a fact that the Hindu calendar scholars knew, but the system of divasa was convenient for the general population. The tithi have been the basis for timing rituals and festivals, while divasa for everyday use. The Hindu calendars adjust the mismatch in divasa and tithi, using a methodology similar to the solar and lunar months.
A Tithi is technically defined in Indian texts, states John E. Cort, as "the time required by the combined motions of the sun and moon to increase (in a bright fortnight) or decrease (in a dark fortnight) their relative distance by twelve degrees of the zodiac.These motions are measured using a fixed map of celestial zodiac as reference, and given the elliptical orbits, a duration of a tithi varies between 21.5 and 26 hours, states Cort. However, in the Indian tradition, the general population's practice has been to treat a tithi as a solar day between one sunrise to next.
A lunar month has 30 tithi. The technical standard makes each tithi contain different number of hours, but helps the overall integrity of the calendar. Given the variation in the length of a solar day with seasons, and moon's relative movements, the start and end time for tithi varies over the seasons and over the years, and the tithi adjusted to sync with divasa periodically with intercalation.
Vāsara refers to the weekdays in Sanskrit.Also referred to as Vara and used as a suffix. The correspondence between the names of the week in Hindu and other Indo-European calendars are exact. This alignment of names probably took place sometime during the 3rd century CE. The weekday of a Hindu calendar has been symmetrically divided into 60 ghatika, each ghatika (24 minutes) is divided into 60 pala, each pala (24 seconds) is subdivided into 60 vipala, and so on.
|No.||Sanskrit||Latin weekday||Celestial object||Assamese||Bengali||Bhojpuri||Gujarati||Hindi||Kannada||Kashmiri||Malayalam||Marathi||Nepali||Odia|| Punjabi |
(Hindus and Sikhs)
|1|| Ravivāsara |
|Sunday/dies Solis||Ravi, Aditya = Sun|| Dêûbār/Rôbibār |
| Rôbibār |
| Aitwār |
| Ravivār |
| Ravivār |
| Bhānuvāra |
|/aːtʰwaːr/ آتھوار|| Njaayar |
| Ravivāra |
| Aaitabar |
| Rôbibārô |
| Aitvār |
|Rooibar|| Rôibbār |
| Nyayiru |
| Ādivāraṁ |
|2|| Somavāsara |
|Monday/dies Lunae||Soma (deity), Chandra = Moon|| Xûmbār |
| Śombār |
| Somār |
| Sōmavār |
| Somavār |
| Sōmavāra |
| /t͡səndɨrwaːr/ |
| Thinkal |
| Somavāra |
| Sombar |
| Somôbārô |
| Somavār |
|Cómbar|| Śombār |
| Thingal |
| Sōmavāraṁ |
| ُPeer |
|3|| Maṅgalavāsara |
|Tuesday/dies Martis||Maṅgala = Mars|| Môṅôlbār/Môṅgôlbār |
| Môṅgôlbār |
| Mangar |
| Maṅgaḷavār |
| Maṅgalavār |
| Maṁgaḷavāra |
| /bomwaːr/ |
| Chovva |
| Maṅgaḷavāra |
| Mangalbar |
| Môṅgôḷôbārô |
| Maṅgalavār |
|Mongolbar|| Môṅgôlbār |
| Chevvai |
| Maṁgaḷavāraṁ |
| Mangal |
|4|| Budhavāsara |
|Wednesday/dies Mercurii||Budha = Mercury|| Budhbār |
| Budhbār |
| Buddh |
| Budhavār |
| Budhavāra |
| Budhavāra |
| /bɔdwaːr/ |
| Budhan |
| Budhavāra |
| Budhabar |
| Budhôbārô |
| Buddhavār |
|Buidbar|| Budbār |
| Budhan |
| Budhavāraṁ |
| Budh |
|5|| Guruvāsara |
|Thursday/dies Iovis/Jupiter||Deva-Guru Bṛhaspati = Jupiter|| Brihôspôtibār |
| Brihôśpôtibār |
| Bi'phey |
| Guruvār |
| Guruvār |
| Guruvāra |
| /braswaːr/ |
| Vyaazham |
| Guruvāra |
| Bihibar |
| Gurubārô |
| Vīravār |
|Bicíbbar|| Birôiśôtbār |
| Vyazhan |
| Guruvāraṁ, Br̥haspativāraṁ |
గురువారం, బృహస్పతివారం, లక్ష్మీవారం
| Jum'eraat |
|6|| Śukravāsara |
|Friday/dies Veneris||Śukra = Venus|| Xukurbār/Xukrôbār |
| Śukrôbār |
| Sukkar |
| Śukravār |
| Śukravār |
| Śukravāra |
| /ʃokurwaːr/ |
| Velli |
| Śukravāra |
| Sukrabar |
| Śukrôbārô |
| Śukkaravār |
|Cúkkurbar|| Śukkurbār |
| Velli |
| Śukravāraṁ |
| Juma'a |
|7|| Śanivāsara |
|Saturday/dies Saturnis||Śani = Saturn|| Xônibār |
| Śônibār |
| Sanichchar |
| Śanivār |
| Śanivār |
| Śanivāra |
| /baʈɨwaːr/ |
| Shani |
| Śanivāra |
| Sanibar |
| Śônibārô |
| Śanīvār |
|Cónibar|| Śônibār |
| Shani |
| Śanivāraṁ |
| Haftah |
The term -vāsara is often realised as vāra or vaar in Sanskrit-derived and influenced languages. There are many variations of the names in the regional languages, mostly using alternate names of the celestial bodies involved.
The complete Indian calendars contain five angas or parts of information: lunar day (tithi), solar day (diwas), asterism (naksatra), planetary joining (yoga) and astronomical period (karanam). This structure gives the calendar the name Panchangam.The first two are discussed above.
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The Sanskrit word Yoga means "union, joining, attachment", but in astronomical context, this word means latitudinal and longitudinal information. The longitude of the sun and the longitude of the moon are added, and normalised to a value ranging between 0° to 360° (if greater than 360, one subtracts 360). This sum is divided into 27 parts. Each part will now equal 800' (where ' is the symbol of the arcminute which means 1/60 of a degree). These parts are called the yogas. They are labelled:
Again, minor variations may exist. The yoga that is active during sunrise of a day is the prevailing yoga for the day.
A karaṇa is half of a tithi . To be precise, a karaṇa is the time required for the angular distance between the sun and the moon to increase in steps of 6° starting from 0°. (Compare with the definition of a tithi.)
Since the tithis are 30 in number, and since 1 tithi = 2 karaṇas, therefore one would logically expect there to be 60 karaṇas. But there are only 11 such karaṇas which fill up those slots to accommodate for those 30 tithis. There are actually 4 "fixed" (sthira) karaṇas and 7 "repeating" (cara) karaṇas.
The 7 "repeating" karaṇas are:
The Vedic day begins at sunrise. The karaṇa at sunrise of a particular day shall be the prevailing karaṇa for the whole day. (citation needed )
Nakshatras are divisions of ecliptic, each 13° 20', starting from 0° Aries. The purnima of each month is synchronised with a nakshatra.[ citation needed ]
Many holidays in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina traditions are based on the lunar cycles in the lunisolar timekeeping with foundations in the Hindu calendar system. A few holidays, however, are based on the solar cycle, such as the Vaisakhi, Pongal and those associated with Sankranti.The dates of the lunar cycle based festivals vary significantly on the Gregorian calendar and at times by several weeks.The solar cycle based ancient Indian festivals almost always fall on the same Gregorian date every year and if they vary in an exceptional year, it is by one day.
The Indian Calendar Reform Committee, appointed in 1952, identified more than thirty well-developed calendars, in use across different parts of India.
Variants include the lunar emphasizing Vikrama, the Shalivahana calendars, as well as the solar emphasizing Tamil calendar and Malayalam calendar. The two calendars most widely used today are the Vikrama calendar, which is in followed in western and northern India as well as Nepal, and the Shalivahana Shaka calendar which is followed in the Deccan region of India (Comprising present day Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Goa).
Chandra is a lunar deity and is also one of the nine planets (Navagraha) in Hinduism. Chandra is synonymous to Soma. Other names include Indu, Atrisuta, Sachin, Tārādhipa and Nishakara.
In Vedic timekeeping, a tithi is a lunar day, or the time it takes for the longitudinal angle between the Moon and the Sun to increase by 12°. In other words, a tithi is a time-duration between the consecutive epochs that correspond to when the longitudinal-angle between sun and moon is an integer multiple of 12°. Tithis begin at varying times of day and vary in duration from approximately 19 to approximately 26 hours.
A panchānga is a Hindu calendar and almanac, which follows traditional units of Hindu timekeeping, and presents important dates and their calculations in a tabulated form. It is sometimes spelled Pancanga, Panchanga, Panchaanga, or Panchānga, and is pronounced Panchānga. Pachangas are used in Jyotisha.
Vikram Samvat and also known as the Vikrami calendar, is the historical Hindu calendar in the Indian subcontinent. It is the official calendar of Nepal. In India it is used in several states. The calendar uses lunar months and solar sidereal years.
Amāvásyā means the lunar phase of the New moon in Sanskrit. Ancient Babylonian, Greek and Indian calendars used 30 lunar phases, called tithi in India. The dark moon tithi is when the Moon is within the 12 degrees of angular distance between the Sun and Moon before conjunction (syzygy). The New Moon tithi is the 12 angular degrees after syzygy. Amāvásyā is often translated as new moon since there is no standard term for the Moon before conjunction in English.
The Surya Siddhanta is the name of a Sanskrit treatise in Indian astronomy. The text has been updated several times in the past and the earliest update was found to be made in 8th millennium BCE. Using computer simulation, a match for the Surya Siddhanta latitudinal data was obtained in the time frame of 7300-7800 BCE. The last update took place in the vicinity of 580 CE when Nakshatra data appears to have been updated by adding a fixed precessional increment to all longitudes. Narayanan (2011) showed that for determining the Sun’s longitude, the pulsating Indian epicycle is far more accurate than the Greek eccentric-epicycle model and that the pulsating Indian epicycle for the Sun becomes progressively more accurate as one goes back in time. Peak accuracy, of about 1 minute of arc, is reached around 5200 BCE. This led him to the timing of 5000-5500BCE when the current values of the Sūrya-siddhānta’s pulsating epicycle parameters for the Sun appear to have been set. As per the second verse of the chapter 1 of Surya Siddhanta, Maya Asura is the original author of the text. It has fourteen chapters.
Saura is a term found in Indian religions, and it connotes "sun" (Surya) or anything "solar"-related.
Jyotisha, now the term for traditional Hindu astrology, historically was the branch of knowledge dedicated to the observation of astronomical bodies in order to keep the right time for the Vedic sacrifices. It is one of the six Vedangas, or ancillary science connected with the Vedas that developed. This field of study was concerned with fixing the days and hours of Vedic rituals.
Hindu texts describe units of time (kāla) ranging from microseconds to trillions of years. Time is described as eternal, repeating general events in cycles forever. Various fragments of time are described in the Vedas, Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Purana, Mahabharata, Surya Siddhanta etc.
Budha graha is a Sanskrit word that connotes the planet Mercury. Budha, in puranic Hindu Legends, is also a deity.
The Bengali Calendar or Bangla Calendar is a luni-solar calendar used in the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent. A revised version of the calendar is the national and official calendar in Bangladesh and an earlier version of the calendar is followed in the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam. The New Year in the Bengali calendar is known as Pohela Boishakh.
Meṣa, or Mesha (मेष), is a month in the Indian solar calendar. It corresponds to the zodiacal sign of Aries, and overlaps with about the second half of April and about the first half of May in the Gregorian calendar.
Vṛṣabha, or Vrishabha, is a month in the Indian solar calendar. It corresponds to the zodiacal sign of Taurus, and overlaps with about the second half of May and about the first half of June in the Gregorian calendar.
Siṃha is one of the twelve months in the Indian solar calendar.
Kanyā is one of the twelve months in the Indian solar calendar.
Tulā is one of the twelve months in the Indian solar calendar.
Mesha Sankranti refers to the first day of the solar cycle year, that is the solar New Year in the Hindu luni-solar calendar. The Hindu calendar also has a lunar new year, which is religiously more significant, and falls on different dates in the Amanta and Purinamanta systems prevalent across the Indian subcontinent. The solar cycle year is significant in Odia, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Bengali calendars.
Mithuna is a month in the Indian solar calendar. It corresponds to the zodiacal sign of Gemini, and overlaps with about the second half of June and about the first half of July in the Gregorian calendar.
Makara is a month in the Indian solar calendar. It corresponds to the zodiacal sign of Capricorn, and overlaps with about the later half of January and approximately early half of February in the Gregorian calendar.
Kumbha is a month in the Indian solar calendar. It corresponds to the zodiacal sign of Aquarius, and overlaps with about the second half of February and about the first half of March in the Gregorian calendar.