How Long is Kali Yuga? – Addendum

Yesterday I posted this thought regarding evidence that the yugas may be shorter than most of us suspect. The greatly esteemed scholar Dr. Satyanarayan Babaji sent me a comment which unequivocally corrects the doubt raised in that post. With his permission, his comment is: While commenting on the SB verse 1.4.14 Sri Jiva, Sri Visvanatha…

Astrology of King Yudhisthira, Recorded in Mahabharata

Describing the astrological conditions of the birth of King Yudhisthira, the Mahabharata says, starting from 114.4: muhUtrte ‘bhijite ‘zthame divaa madhya-gate sUrye tithau puNye ‘bhipUjite The first line means Yuddhisthira was born, “at the moment of abhijit / eighth.” Abhijit is never considered the 8th nakshatra (it is counted as the 22nd or sometimes the…

Why Arjuna is Named “Phalguna”

In the Mahābhārata (Virata Parva, Section 44) Arjuna explains his many names to his daughter in law, Uttarā. In text 14 he explains why he has the name Phālguna. उत्तराभ्यं च पूर्वाभ्यं फल्गुनीभ्याम् अहम् दिवा जातो हिमवतः प्रेस्ष्ठ तेन माम् फल्गुनं विधुः uttarābhyaṁ ca pūrvābhyaṁ phalgunībhyām aham divā jāto himavataḥ presṣṭha tena mām phalgunaṁ vidhuḥ…

God of the Star Named Vishakha

There is confusion among modern astrologers regarding the god empowering Viśākhā. The name of this god is Indrāgñi, and most people seem to think that it refers to two different gods: Indra (god of rain) and Agñi (god of fire). However this is not the case. Indrāgñi is the name of a single being noted…