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Chaya Ganita In Hinduism – Calculations Based On Shadow - Chhaya Ganit

Chaya Ganita, or Chhaya Ganit, is the calculations based on shadow in Hinduism and has its roots in man’s observation of the changes in his own shadow during daytime. Starting from the gnomon, this science grew to the extent of using sophisticated astronomical instruments. In Atharva Jyotisha, muhurtas (time divisions) are defined in terms of the shadow of gnomon of twelve angula (finger) size. Details of chayaganita for determining accurately the cardinal points, time, seasons, length of year, obliquity, ascendant etc., have been given in all the texts of mathematical astronomy, which appeared around 4 th century AD or even earlier. For instance, when the sun is at the equinox, its meridional zenith distance is equal to the latitude of the observer. This can be obtained by measuring the equinoctial shadow cast by a gnomon, from which declination of the sun can be calculated. Following this, the obliquity of the ecliptic with the equator could be calculated to be 24 degre

Benefits Of Reading Ramayana

The benefits of reading Ramayana – the story of Lord Rama – are discussed in the first of Bala Kanda in Ramayana. The benefits are mentioned by Sage Narada. A person will be delighted and will be devoid of anxiety. Dharma is nurtured. It helps in alleviating all problems. There will be recovery from physical disease and mental diseases. Destruction of fear. There will be no death of children. Women will not lose their husbands to death. Husbands will be loyal to their wives. There will be no loss due to flood, fire and wind. Listening or reading of Ramayana destroys sins in this birth and that of previous births. It is auspicious to read the story of Lord Rama and is equivalent to reading the Vedas. A person who reads the Ramayana will have a long and fruitful life, with his wife, children and grandchildren. There will be fame and honor in society. After death, the person attains the highest place. By reading Ramayana a person becomes eloquent in speech, obt

Giving Food Angrily Is Grave Sin – Story In Hindu Religion

Bhishma narrates many important aspects of life and society to the Pandavas while on the bed of arrows in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata. As per Hindu religion, Annadanam Mahadanam – there is no greater donation than food. But food should never be given in anger as it is a grave sin. Bhishma narrates a story to prove this point. Once there lived a great and just king named Subahu. He worshipped Mother Goddess Shakti on Ashtami without fail. He performed charity and gave food to people on the day. During one Ashtami he finished his charity and was ready to have his food. Suddenly a person came to the palace asking food, the king got irritated and angry but still gave food. Few days after this incident, king found flowers disappearing from his garden. On enquiry he found a Gandharva stealing flowers from his garden. When the king caught the Gandharva, he told the king that he was taking the flowers for his worship. Then the Gandharva told the king that the g

Rama Saraswati – 16th Century Poet of Assam

Aniruddha was the original name of Rama Saraswati, a 16 th century poet of Assam. King Narayana, the great Koch king, who commissioned him to render the Mahabharata into Assamese patronized him. He did not translate all the verses of Mahabharata but only the essential ones. Rama Saraswati, under different names such as Aniruddha, Kavichandra, Bharatbhusan, and Srinath Brahman translated about 30,000 verses of the Mahabharata, covering the Adi, Sabha, Vana, Virata, Udyoga, Bhishma, Drona, Karna parvas, while the junior poets who assisted him translated another 3000. The name Rama Saraswati was a title conferred on him by the king. He was the foremost among all the Mahabharata poets of Assam. He was given the title Bharatbhusana for this monumental work. Bhim Chairta is another famous, humorous work of Rama Saraswati, in which an episode of Bhima’s life as described in Adi Parva of the Mahabharata is dealt with. He also wrote an Assamese version of Jayadeva’s Gita Govi

10 Tips to Boost Your Potential

Here are 10 tips to boost your potential and lead a meaningful and purposeful life. Our future depends on many external factors but if you can minimize the external factors to the bare minimum; then future depends mostly only on you. When this happens, you are in control of your life and happiness. Make wise decisions in life. Keep things simple. Do not complicate life. We need to stop regretting about the past and worrying about the future. There is no point in worrying because we cannot change the past and we cannot control the future. But we can live a meaningful and purposeful life in the present. Disappointments, hardships, accidents, betrayal… are all part of life. Do not segregate the negative aspects of life and see them differently. Include them as part of the complete life. Just like peace, prosperity, joy and happiness, these negative aspects also enrich our life. They are stepping-stones to a life of bliss. We need to reach a level where these negative aspects no l