Practical, Modern Evaluation of the Yuga Defined in Vedanga Jyotisha

In Theory The theory presented by Vedāṁga is that a unit of time called a “yuga” begins every five years when the Sun and Moon conjoin at a specific point in space; a point equivalent to what we nowadays call 0° Tropical Capricorn – the “winter solstice.” For this to be true, the Moon most…

Vedic Yugas… Five Years Long

This continues my presentation of Vedanga Jyotish – the oldest complete treatise on Indian calendrical astronomy. Yugas A yuga contains 5 years, 1830 days, and 62 synodic (lunar) months. Knowing this, we can calculate many other ways of measuring the yuga. The star named Dhaniṣṭhā will rise 1835 times. [i.e. A yuga has 1835 sidereal…

Vedāṁga Jyotiṣa – Part 1

I will organize this presentation in leiu of the work of Professor T.S. Kuppanna Sastry and Dr. K.V Sarma. It combines the two versions of Vedāṁga Jyotiṣa found in Ṛg and Yajur Veda. Introduction I purify myself by bowing my head to the Creator, whom I envision as being the power within the five-year cycles…