The apparently confusing Hindu calendar, like the #Chinese
one, is a #Lunisolar
Calendar i.e. uses a combination of the Sun and Moon unlike the Western, purely #Solar
Calendar or the #Islamic
Calendar which is based solely on the Moon.
Another major difference between Western And #Vedic
methods is that it follows the #Sidereal
Calendar (vs #Tropical
) i.e. following the movement of the sun around the earth but the earth was kept as the central observational point hence it is the apparent movement of the sun (being a star it is fixed) as observed from the earth. Hence it is the time taken by the sun to go from one fixed star to the same fixed star.
's are festivals connected with the movement of the Sun. When the Sun enters the Zodiac of Pisces is when "#MeenaSankranti
" is celebrated (most months in Hindu calendars start mid-month of the western calendar). #Pisces
is the last #zodiac
and people influenced by it are by far the most spiritual, calm and evolved. Pisces is symbolic of liberation or #Moksha
, so this is a good month to do spiritual practices.
This is also the last zodiac after which a new year will start in certain regions of India (There are many regional differences in calendars in India, each having their own rules). Donations are given and people bathe in holy rivers of India. Also a #mythological
story connected with this month is the one when #Indra
(symbolized as sun) comes along the Moon (at No Moon or #Amavasya
- Sun and Moon are together) disguised as Sage #Gautam
(Jupiter is the ruler of Pisces) to have sex with his wife #Ahilya
(symbolic of #Venus
- which is exalted in Pisces). Hence no marriages in India take place this month (also from 14th December to 14th January called as #MalMaas
). Marriages taking place this month may result in Ahilya type of situations, of getting blamed for something one did not do. So enjoy the next month of the Sun in Pisces, much respite from the otherwise manic times we live in!! #pieterweltevrede #blessedbyramanandsagar #sacredgeometry #sacredart #printondemand