Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year - Jan 1st or Yugadi ?

dec 30th, 2009

i have for years refused to celebrate jan 1st as anything other than a random day, which it is. 

now, the winter solstice is worth celebrating, as it is a real, tangible event -- and that is what the makara sankranti is. as i have mentioned here before, the makara sankranti in the hindu calendar has moved backward by a couple of weeks away from the actual solstice because of the precession of the earth's axes over 5111 years, which is the current year in the kaliyuga calendar, which started in 3102 BCE.

yugadi celebrates the arrival of the next kaliyuga year, 5112.

the GoI, in its idiocy, has chosen a nonsensical calendar, the saka era, which 'celebrates' a saka invasion of india. yes, of course, it was chosen by pseudo-secular 'eminent historians' who ignored the more prevalent vikram samvat. of course the hindu calendar would have been completely untouchable for them. 

why pick the stupid saka era? why not just stick with the common era?

this is like indian toll free numbers are 1-600-something or 1-800-six digits. just to be cranky and different from what the rest of the world does. 

the saka era is a dumb, irrational calendar. 

so it's best to celebrate the makara sankranti (jan 14th) or the yugadi (i forget exactly when this is). 

btw, the beginning of the kaliyuga in 3102 BCE was marked by an unusual celestial configuration of various planets: thus it marked a real event. and indian astronomers actually observed this event, which means india already was an advanced civilization by then. (note: whites couldn't believe the indian calendar was so accurate going back 5000 years -- they were sure that somebody had manufactured the astronomical tables (which of course, hoax-making and fabrication, is the white way) until they realized that it would have taken a supercomputer for people to calculate, with the precession of the axes, the tables for 5000 years ago. ergo, 3102 BCE was actually observed and the events noted down.)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: HJS Keralam <>
Date: Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:40 AM
Subject: Fwd: New Year - Jan 1st or Yugadi ?

O Hindus, why do you live as a Hindu and lose your soul just by imitating western lifestyle? Avoid celebrating New Year on Jan 1st. Instead observe New Year on Chaitra Shuddha Prathama, ie. Yugadi.
Please forward this link to all Hindus and create an awareness about the importance of celebrating 'Yugadi' / 'Gudi Padwa' as New Year and not Jan 1st.
O Hindus, live as true Hindus atleast for a day. Celebrating Jan 1st as New Year means getting converted for a day.
O Hindus, wake up from the deep clutches of the westerners and unite!!!


estheppan said...

nice :-)

Chirag Patel said...

True! 18th February 3102 BCE is when Krushna breathed his last! And when all major seven planets were in Zeta Piscium (Ketaki) NAKSHATRA! That was the beginning of KALIYUGA.

I have written an article on this in Gujarati:

You can also find planet position by the date at:

Right Angle said...

I feel, such emotive blindness is making hindu organisations, at ODD with the common masses and particularly the neutral intellectuals..

The western calendar is purely scientific, where they calculate a year, and then divide it by 12, and then caculate the earth's movement in absolute terms and NOT in relative ones..

Which means, there calendar is formed with reference to a particular point in the history, and then calculate the exact time (with accuracy to seconds).. In that perspective, their clock turns 00 at middle of the night..

But in our calendar, a new day is calculated based on exact time of sun-rise, as reference point..

So we need not ridicule their calendar.. we need to focus on how best we can bring our calendar in to practice, or if any adjustment is needed, we have to make it..

Pls imagine, the satellite orbits, and other scientific missions are based on this universal and absolute calendar..

We need to be clear about what we want and what we are against..

We are not against the western calendar.. rather we are against the western hysteria of new year..

This line of distinction in our approach is what our hindu groups are lacking..

Beware, when we are becoming blind opposition, we are becoming like semitic people.. ie to oppose without reason and to be exclusive..

Right Angle said...

Btw, in wikipedia, vikramaditya is termed as saka king.. is he outsider?

In our history, we find that the kula devadas of most castes are kaali, or Devi or Amman .. and all these gods are traced back to Ujjaini Makaali..

I could get some sort of links, but need more information.. I could understand that ujjaini must be seat of ancient capital for all those kaali worshippers.. but how it is linked to saivism and vaishnavism?

asd123 said...

That is not to say that the gregorian calendar is perfect, it is not. The calendar still has seasonal errors.

The Japanese and the Chinese have adopted elements of the gregorian calendar into their national calendars. The Hindu calendar should do they same, a day should start at 12am not sunrise.

nizhal yoddha said...

right angle, there is a distinction between timekeeping and calendars.

timekeeping is done based on atomic clocks, and is highly accurate. nobody has any objection to this.

calendars are different. they have cultural overtones. also, you must know the history of calendars. so the point is to avoid getting all caught up in somebody else's calendar (eg. the mohammedan calendar is what all mohammedan things are based on, even though it is a lunar calendar which means it is shorter than the solar calendar). but they view that as a cultural talisman, not to be swamped by inane western calendar things like christmas day or valentine's day or teacher's day or boss's day. if you accept these, you are being overwhelmed by western soft power. the point is to avoid that.

hindu/indian calendars in medieval were accurate and well maintained, especially because of their astrological significance.

the julian calendar in use in europe was so messed up that they sent people to india to understand indian calendars, which were very accurate. these guys (jesuits missionary scientists) in the 16th century CE (see, that is a calendar reference, CE or common era, nothing to do with timekeeping) arrived in kerala and started talking to a whole lot of pundits. from them they got the ideas of the *calculated* calendars that were prevalent in india -- and from they also got the manuscripts that contained the ideas of infinite series for tan, sin, cos etc. discovered by the kerala school of astronomy, esp. madhava and parameswara. it was these that they took back to europe, which enabled europeans to come up with the basics of the calculus.

also, they fixed the european calendar using the ideas from india. thus was born the gregorian calendar, which is now the common era calendar.

but there is nothing whatsoever scientific about the randomly allocated day when the year starts. it could just as well be april 27th or november 14th.

Right Angle said...


I agree with you.. Calendar represents the culture.. and i do agree that we should not accept the new year hysterias of today..

My point is how should be the hindu organisation's response, or say a typical hindu's response.. The response by HJS, and their reasoning are something not appealing..

Also, we have to notice that we are failing to promote our native new years.. When we strengthen our system, it will flourish, and even if new year celebrations happen, it will have minimal effect on our culture..

SImilarly, instead of caberae dance, we can promote our rural dances and traditional dances apart from baratanatyam..

Hinduism is degrading NOT because of the activities of the enemies, but inaction of the hindu organisations and institutions..