2019, Vol. 4 Issue 2, Part A
Astronomy in Hindu religion and culture
Author(s): YV Subba Rao
Abstract: Jyotish, a Vedanga, is the life side of Astronomy, and Astronomy relates to and reflects in every aspect of Hindu religion and Hindu culture. The esoteric meaning of the solar system exhibits the four objectives prescribed by the four Vedas called ‘Purushārthas’ for fulfilment of human life. It is further established in this presentation that the rationale of geotagging of ‘sankalpam and sandhyāvandanam’ with the cosmos, rationale of sequence of names of Days of the week, rationale of sequence of Rāhukālam days of the week, timings and duration, rationale of Hindu gothras, rationale of significance of viewing Mizar, Alcor and Polaris stars by the newly married couple, rationale of ‘Shastiabdapoorti and Satābhishekam’, rationale of the solstices, namely, ‘Uttarāyana and Dakshināyana punyakālams’, and finally the rationale of journey of the soul by the two paths, namely, ‘Pitrayāna and Devayāna’ in relation to Meteorites are all entwined in Hindu Religion and Hindu Culture.
How to cite this article:
YV Subba Rao. Astronomy in Hindu religion and culture. International Journal of Jyotish Research. 2019; 4(2): 49-56.