Brahma Muhurta

According to Vedic astronomy, the day is divided into 30 periods called muhurtas. Since the Vedic day begins with the sunrise and time of sunrise varies according to location and seasons, so do the times of the muhurtas in a day. srimad-guror astakam etad uccairbrahme muhurte pathati prayatnatyastena vrndavana natha saksat That person who very attentively recites this astakam to …

Yuga – The Vedic Eras

Yuga in Dharmic philosophy is the name of an ‘epoch’ or ‘era’ within a cycle of four ages. These are the Satya Yuga, the Treta Yuga, the Dvapara Yuga, and finally the Kali Yuga. चत्वारि भारते वर्षे युगानि भरतर्षभकृतं तरेता दवापरं च पुष्यं च कुरुवर्धनपूर्वं कृतयुगं नाम ततस तरेतायुगं विभॊसंक्षेपाद दवापरस्याथ तथ पुष्यं परवर्ततेचत्वारि च सहस्राणि वर्षाणां कुरुसत्तमआयुः संख्या कृतयुगे …

Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā

Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā is the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. Also known as Gudhipadwā (Maharashtra) or Yugādi (Ugādi) Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh), is celebrated as the day Lord Brahma created the universe. This day is also the first day of Chaitra Navrātri and Ghatasthapanā also known as Kalash Sthapanā is done on …

Makar Sankrānti

The word Sankrānti in Samskrta denotes the migration of the Sun from one Rāshi (sign of the zodiac) to another. This is generally considered a significant astronomical event and happens once every solar month (12 Sankrāntis a year). A celebration of harvest and crop is unanimous with the Sun, he being the basic originator of the entire food chain. Without …

Understanding Ancient Indian Mathematics

Vedic knowledge The mathematical tradition in India goes back at least to the Vedas. For compositions with a broad scope covering all aspects of life, spiritual as well as secular, the Vedas show a great fascination for large numbers. As the transmission of the knowledge was oral, the numbers were not written, but expressed as combinations of powers of 10. …