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Hindu
Hindu
calendar is a collective term for the various lunisolar calendars traditionally used in India. They adopt a similar underlying concept for timekeeping, but differ in their relative emphasis to moon cycle or the sun cycle and the names of months and when they consider the New Year to start.[1] Of the various regional calendars, the most studied and known Hindu
Hindu
calendars are the Vikrami calendar (Bikrami) found in northern, western and central regions of the Indian subcontinent, Tamil calendar found in the south, and the Bengali calendar found in the east – all of which emphasize the lunar cycle, their new year starts in spring, with their heritage dating back to 1st millennium BCE. In contrast, in regions such as Kerala, the solar cycle is emphasized and this is called the Malayalam
Malayalam
calendar, their new year starts in autumn, and these have origins in the second half of the 1st millennium CE.[1][2] A Hindu
Hindu
calendar is sometimes referred to as Panchanga (पञ्चाङ्ग).[3] The ancient Hindu
Hindu
calendar is similar in conceptual design to the Jewish calendar, but different from the Gregorian calendar.[4] Unlike Gregorian calendar
Gregorian calendar
which adds additional days to lunar month to adjust for the mismatch between twelve lunar cycles (354 lunar days)[5] and nearly 365 solar days, the Hindu
Hindu
calendar maintains the integrity of the lunar month, but insert an extra full month by complex rules, every few years, to ensure that the festivals and crop-related rituals fall in the appropriate season.[4][2] The Hindu
Hindu
calendars have been in use in the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
since ancient times, and remains in use by the Hindus in India
India
and Nepal particularly to set the Hindu
Hindu
festival dates such as Holi, Maha Shivaratri, Vaisakhi, Raksha Bandhan, Pongal, Onam, Krishna Janmashtami, Durga
Durga
Puja, Ramlila, Vishu
Vishu
and Diwali. Early Buddhist communities of India
India
adopted the ancient Indian calendar, later Vikrami calendar and then local Buddhist calendars. Buddhist festivals continue to be scheduled according to a lunar system.[6] The Buddhist calendar and the traditional lunisolar calendars of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and Thailand
Thailand
are also based on an older version of the Hindu
Hindu
calendar. Similarly, the ancient Jainism
Jainism
traditions have followed the same lunisolar system as the Hindu
Hindu
calendar for festivals, texts and inscriptions. However, the Buddhist and Jaina timekeeping systems have attempted to use the Buddha and the Mahavira lifetimes as the reference point.[7][8][9] The Hindu
Hindu
calendar is also important to the practice of Hindu astrology and zodiac system, most of which it adopted from Greece, in centuries after the arrival of Alexander the Great.[1][10] The Indian national calendar or "Saka calendar" was redesigned in an effort that started in 1952 based on the traditional Hindu
Hindu
calendars, and it was adopted on March 22, 1957.[11]

Contents

1 Origins 2 Texts

2.1 Astrology 2.2 Balinese Hindu
Hindu
calendar

3 Year: Samvat 4 Months

4.1 Amanta, Purnimanta systems 4.2 Paksha 4.3 Month names 4.4 Months and approximate correspondence 4.5 Corrections between lunar and solar months

4.5.1 Rare corrections

5 Day

5.1 Weekday/Vāsara 5.2 Five limbs of time

5.2.1 Yoga 5.2.2 Karaṇa 5.2.3 Naksatra

6 Festival calendar: solar and lunar dates 7 Regional variants 8 See also 9 Notes 10 References

10.1 Bibliography

11 Further reading 12 External links

Origins[edit]

Time keeping

[The current year] minus one, multiplied by twelve, multiplied by two, added to the elapsed [half months of current year], increased by two for every sixty [in the sun], is the quantity of half-months (syzygies).

Rigveda
Rigveda
Jyotisha-vedanga 4 Translator: Kim Plofker[12]

Time keeping was important to Vedic rituals, and Jyotisha was the Vedic era field of tracking and predicting the movements of astronomical bodies in order to keep time, in order to fix the day and time of these rituals.[13][14][15] This study was one of the six ancient Vedangas, or ancillary science connected with the Vedas
Vedas
– the scriptures of Hinduism.[13][14] The ancient Indian culture developed a sophisticated time keeping methodology and calendars for Vedic rituals.[16] David Pingree has proposed that the field of timekeeping in Jyotisha may have been "derived from Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
during the Achaemenid period",[17] but Yukio Ohashi considers this proposal as "definitely wrong".[18] Ohashi states that this Vedanga
Vedanga
field developed from actual astronomical studies in ancient India.[19] The texts of Vedic Jyotisha sciences were translated into the Chinese language
Chinese language
in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE, and the Rigvedic passages on astronomy are found in the works of Zhu Jiangyan and Zhi Qian.[20] Timekeeping as well as the nature of solar and moon movements are mentioned in Vedic texts.[21] For example, Kaushitaki Brahmana
Brahmana
chapter 19.3 mentions the shift in the relative location of the sun towards north for 6 months, and south for 6 months.[22][23] The Vikrami calendar is named after king Vikramaditya
Vikramaditya
and starts in 57 BCE.[24] Texts[edit] Hindu
Hindu
scholars attempted to keep time by observing and calculating the cycles of sun (Surya), moon and the planets. These calculations about the sun appears in various Sanskrit
Sanskrit
astronomical texts in Sanskrit, such as the 5th century Aryabhatiya by Aryabhata, the 6th century Romaka by Latadeva and Panca Siddhantika by Varahamihira, the 7th century Khandakhadyaka by Brahmagupta and the 8th century Sisyadhivrddida by Lalla.[25] These texts present Surya
Surya
and various planets and estimate the characteristics of the respective planetary motion.[25] Other texts such as Surya
Surya
Siddhanta dated to have been complete sometime between the 5th century and 10th century present their chapters on various planets with deity mythologies.[25] The manuscripts of these texts exist in slightly different versions, present Surya- and planets-based calculation and its relative motion to earth. These vary in their data, suggesting that the text were open and revised over their lives.[26][27][28] For example, the 1st millennium CE Hindu
Hindu
scholars had estimated the sidereal length of a year as follows, from their astronomical studies, with slightly different results:[29]

Sanskrit
Sanskrit
texts: How many days in a year?

Hindu
Hindu
text Estimated length of the sidereal year[29]

Surya
Surya
Siddhanta 365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 36.56 seconds

Paulica Siddhanta 365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 36 seconds

Paracara Siddhanta 365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 31.50 seconds

Arya Siddhanta 365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 30.84 seconds

Laghu Arya Siddhanta 365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds

Siddhanta Shiromani 365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, 9 seconds

The Hindu
Hindu
texts used the lunar cycle for setting months and days, but the solar cycle to set the complete year. This system is similar to the Jewish and Babylonian ancient calendars, creating the same challenge of accounting for mismatch between the nearly 354 lunar days in twelve months, versus nearly 365 solar days in a year.[4][30] They tracked the solar year by observing the entrance and departure of surya (sun, at sunrise and sunset) in the constellation formed by stars in the sky, which they divided into 12 intervals of 30 degrees each.[31] Like other ancient human cultures, Hindus innovated a number of systems of which intercalary months became most used, that is adding another month every 32.5 months on average.[30] As their calendar keeping and astronomical observations became more sophisticated, the Hindu
Hindu
calendar became more sophisticated with complex rules and greater accuracy.[30][32][31] According to Scott Montgomery, the siddhanta tradition at the foundation of Hindu
Hindu
calendars predate the Christian era, once had 18 texts of which only 5 have survived into the modern era.[30] These texts provide specific information and formulae on motions of sun, moon and planets, to predict their future relative positions, equinoxes, rise and set, with corrections for prograde, retrograde motions, as well as parallax. These ancient scholars attempted to calculate their time to the accuracy of a truti (29.63 microseconds). In their pursuit of accurate tracking of relative movements of celestial bodies for their calendar, they had computed the diameter of earth, which though not accurate, was very close to the actual 7,918 miles.[30][31] Hindu
Hindu
calendars were refined during the Gupta era astronomy by Āryabhaṭa
Āryabhaṭa
and Varāhamihira in the 5th to 6th century. These in turn were based in the astronomical tradition of Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa, which in the preceding centuries had been standardised in a number of (non-extant) works known as Sūrya
Sūrya
Siddhānta. Regional diversification took place in the medieval period. The astronomical foundations were further developed in the medieval period, notably by Bhāskara II (12th century).[citation needed] Astrology[edit] Later, the term Jyotisha evolved to include Hindu
Hindu
astrology. The astrological application of Hindu
Hindu
calendar was a field that likely developed in the centuries after the arrival of Greek astrology
Greek astrology
with Alexander the Great,[19][33][34] because their zodiac signs are nearly identical.[14] The ancient Hindu
Hindu
texts on Jyotisha only discuss time keeping, and never mention astrology or prophecy.[35] These ancient texts predominantly cover astronomy, but at a rudimentary level.[15] Technical horoscopes and astrology ideas in India
India
came from Greece, states European chauvinist Nicholas Campion, and developed in the early centuries of the 1st millennium CE.[10] Later medieval era texts such as the Yavana-jataka and the Siddhanta texts are more astrology-related.[36] Balinese Hindu
Hindu
calendar[edit] Hinduism
Hinduism
and Buddhism were the prominent religions of southeast Asia in the 1st millennium CE, prior to the Islamic conquest that started in the 14th century. The Hindus prevailed in Bali, Indonesia and they have two types of Hindu
Hindu
calendar. One is a 210-day based Pawukon calendar which likely is a pre- Hindu
Hindu
system, and another is similar to lunisolar calendar system found in South India
India
and it is called the Balinese saka calendar
Balinese saka calendar
which uses Hindu
Hindu
methodology.[37] The names of month and festivals of Balinese Hindus for the most part are different, though the significance and legends have some overlap.[37] Year: Samvat[edit] Samvat refers to era of the several Hindu
Hindu
calendar systems in India and Nepal, in a manner that the consecutive years 1 BC and AD 1 mark the Christian era
Christian era
and the BC/AD system. There are several samvat found in historic Buddhist, Hindu
Hindu
and Jaina texts and epigraphy, of which three are most significant: Vikrama era, Old Shaka era and Shaka era of 78 AD.[38]

The Hindu
Hindu
calendar saka samvat system is found in Indonesian inscriptions, such as the above dated to 611 CE.[39][40]

Vikram Samvat: A northern India
India
almanac which started in 57 BCE, and is also called the Vikrama Era. It is related to the Bikrami calendar, and is linked to Vikramaditya. This system is common in epigraphic evidence from northern, western, central and eastern Indian subcontinent, particularly after the early centuries of the 1st millennium CE.[38] Shaka Samvat: There are two Shaka era system in scholarly use, one is called Old Shaka Era, whose epoch is uncertain, probably sometime in the 1st millennium BCE because ancient Buddhist, Jaina and Hindu inscriptions and texts use it. However, the starting point of Old Shaka Era is a subject of dispute among scholars. The second system is called Saka Era of 78 AD, or simply Saka Era, a system that is common in epigraphic evidence from southern India.[38] Saka era of Southeast Asia: The Hindu
Hindu
calendar system in Indonesia is attributed to the legend of Hindus arriving with a sage Aji Saka in the 1st century Java, in the March of 78 CE.[41][42] Numerous ancient and medieval era texts and inscriptions found in Indonesian islands use this reference year.[43][44] In mainland southeast Asia, the earliest verifiable use of Hindu
Hindu
Saka methodology in inscriptions is marked Saka 533 in Ankor Borei, which corresponds to 611 CE, while in the Indonesian islands, the Kedukan Bukti inscription in Sumatra, marked to Saka 605 (683 CE) is one of the earliest known.[44] However, these inscriptions set the floruit, and the Hindu
Hindu
calendaring methodology likely existed in southeast Asia before these dates to be used in important monuments. Further, the Hindu
Hindu
calendar system remained popular among the Hindus through about the 15th century, and thereafter in Bali Indonesia.[44] Indian national calendar
Indian national calendar
(modern): combined many Hindu
Hindu
calendars into one official standardized one, but old ones remain in use.[11]

Months[edit]

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The astronomical basis of the Hindu
Hindu
lunar day. Also illustrates Kshaya Tithi
Tithi
(Vaishaka-Krishna-Chaturdashi (i.e. 14th)) and Adhika Tithi (Jyeshta- Shukla-Dashami(i.e. 10th))

Amanta, Purnimanta systems[edit] Two traditions have been followed in the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
with respect to lunar months: Amanta tradition which ends the lunar month on no moon day, while Purnimanta tradition which ends it on full moon day.[45][46] Amavasyant (Amanta, Mukhyamana) tradition is followed by all Indian states that have a peninsular coastline (except Odisha), as well as Assam and Tripura. Odisha and all other states follow the Purnimanta (Gaunamana) tradition.[45] Purnimanta tradition was being followed in the Vedic era. It was replaced with Amanta system and in use as the Hindu
Hindu
calendar system prior to 1st century BCE, but the Purnimanta tradition was restarted in 57 BCE by Vikramaditya
Vikramaditya
who wanted to return to the Vedic roots.[46] The presence of this system is one of the factors considered in dating ancient manuscripts and epigraphical evidence of India
India
that have survived into the modern era.[46][47] Paksha[edit] A month contains two fortnights called pakṣa (पक्ष, literally "side").[2] One fortnight is the bright, waxing half where the moon size grows and it ends in the full moon. The other half is the darkening, waning fortnight which ends in the new moon.[2] The Hindu
Hindu
festivals typically are either on or the day after the full moon night, or the darkest night (amavasya, अमावास्या), except for some associated with Krishna, Durga
Durga
or Rama. The lunar months of the hot summer and the busy major cropping-related part of the monsoon season typically do not schedule major festivals.[48] A combination of the Paksha system, and the two traditions of Amanta and Purnimanta systems, has led to alternate ways of dating any festival or event in the historic Hindu, Buddhist or Jain literature, and contemporary regional literature or festival calendars. For example, the Hindu
Hindu
festival of colors called Holi
Holi
falls on the first day (full moon) of Chaitra
Chaitra
lunar month's dark fortnight in the Purnimanta system, while the same exact day for Holi
Holi
is expressed in Amanta system as the Purnima (full moon) lunar day of Phalguna.[32] Both time measuring and dating systems are equivalent ways of meaning the same thing, they continue to be in use in different regions, though the Purnimanta system is now typically assumed as implied in modern Indology literature if not specified.[32][31] Month names[edit] There are 12 months in Hindu
Hindu
lunar calendar (Sanskrit: मासाः). If the transits of the Sun
Sun
through various constellations (Rāśi) are used, then we get solar months, which do not shift with reference to the Gregorian calendar. The solar months along with the corresponding Hindu
Hindu
seasons and Gregorian months are:[31]

Vikrami solar months Vikrami lunar months[32] Gregorian months[32] Ṛtu (season) Hindi / Marathi name Bengali name Kannada name Malayalam
Malayalam
name Odia name Tamil name Telugu name Gujarati name

Meṣa Vaisakha Apr-May Grīṣma (summer)

ग्रीष्म গ্রীষ্ম (Grishmô) ಗ್ರೀಷ್ಮ ಋತು (Grīṣma Ṛtu) ഗ്രീഷ്മം (Grīṣmam) ଗ୍ରୀଷ୍ମ (Griṣma) இளவேனில் (ilavenil) గ్రీష్మ ఋతువు (Grīṣma Ṛtuvu) ગ્રીષ્મ ઋતુ (Grīṣma Ṛtuvu)

Vṛṣabha Jyeshtha May–June

Mithuna Ashadha June–July Varṣā (monsoon)

वर्षा বর্ষা (Bôrsha) ವರ್ಷ ಋತು (Varṣa Ṛtu) വര്‍ഷം‌ (Varṣām) ବର୍ଷା (Barṣā) முதுவேனில் (mudhuvenil) వర్ష ఋతువు (Varṣa Ṛtuvu) વર્ષા ઋતુ (Varṣa Ṛtuvu)

Karkaṭa Shraavana July-Aug

Siṃha Bhadra Aug-Sept Śarad (autumn)

शरद শরৎ(Shôrôt) ಶರದೃತು (Śaradṛtu) ശരത്‌ (Śarat) ଶରତ (Śarata) கார் (kaar) శరదృతువు (Śaradṛtuvu) શરદ ઋતુ (Śaradṛtuvu)

Kanyā Ashvin Sept-Oct

Tulā Kartik Oct-Nov Hemanta (Late-Autumn)

हेमंत হেমন্ত (Hemôntô) ಹೇಮಂತ ಋತು (Hēmaṃta Ṛtu) ഹേമന്തം‌ (Hemantam) ହେମନ୍ତ (Hemanta) குளிர் (kulir) హేమంత ఋతువు (Hēmaṃta Ṛtuvu) હેમંત ઋતુ (Hēmaṃta Ṛtuvu)

Vṛścik‌‌‌a Agahana Nov-Dec

Dhanu Pausha Dec-Jan Śiśira (Winter)

शिशिर শীত (Shīth) ಶಿಶಿರ ಋತು (Śiśira Ṛtu) ശിശിരം‌ (Śiśiram) ଶୀତ/ଶିଶିର (Śīta/Śiśira) முன்பனி (munpani) శిశిర ఋతువు (Śiśira Ṛtuvu) શિશિર ઋતુ (Śiśira Ṛtuvu)

Makara Magha Jan-Feb

Kumbha Phalguna Feb-Mar Vasanta (spring)

वसंत বসন্ত (Bôsôntô) ವಸಂತ ಋತು (Vasaṃta Ṛtu) വസന്തം‌ (Vasaṃtam) ବସନ୍ତ (Basanta) பின்பனி (pinpani) వసంత ఋతువు (Vasaṃta Ṛtuvu) વસંત ઋતુ (Vasaṃta Ṛtuvu)

Mīna Chaitra Mar-Apr

Months and approximate correspondence[edit] The names of the Indian months vary by region. Despite the significant differences between Indo-European languages and Dravidian languages, those Hindu
Hindu
calendars which are based on lunar cycle are generally phonetic variants of each other, while the solar cycle are generally variants of each other too, suggesting that the time keeping knowledge travelled widely across the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
in ancient times.[1][31] The Tamil lunar month names are forward shifted by a month compared to Vikrami month names, in part because Tamil calendar integrates greater emphasis for the solar cycle in a manner similar to the neighboring Kerala region and it follows the Amanta system for lunar months. This is in contrast to Vikrami calendar which keeps the Purnimanta system and emphasizes the lunar cycle.[49] A few major calendars are summarized below:

Calendar
Calendar
month names in different Hindu
Hindu
calendars[1]

# Vikrami (lunar)[32] Assamese Bengali Tamil Odia Vikrami (solar) Malayalam (solar) Telugu Gregorian

1 Vaisākha Bohag Boishak Chithirai Baisakha Mesha Medam Vaisākha April–May

2 Jyeshta Zeth Joistho Vaigasi Jyestha Vrisha Edavam Jyeshta May–June

3 Āshāda Ahar Ashshar Aani Asadha Mithuna Midunam Āshāda June–July

4 Shraavana Xaün Shrabon Aadi Srabana Karka Karkadakam Shrāvana July–August

5 Bhādra Bhado Bhadro Aavani Bhadraba Singa Chingam Bhādrapada August–September

6 Ashwina Ahin Ashshin Purataasi Aswina Kanya Kanni Āswayuja September–October

7 Kartika Kati Kartik Aippasi Kartika Tula Tulam Kārtika October–November

8 Mārgasirsa (Agrahayana) Aghün Agrohoyon Kartiggai Margasira Vrischika Vrischikam Mārgasira November–December

9 Pausha Puh Poush Margazhi Pousa Dhanus Dhanu Pushya December–January

10 Māgha Magh Magh Thai Magha Makara Makaram Magha January–February

11 Phālguna Phagun Falgun Maasi Phalguna Kumbha Kumbham Phalguna February–March

12 Chaitra Sót Choitro Panguni Chaitra Mina Minuam Chaitra March–April

Corrections between lunar and solar months[edit]

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The astronomical basis of the Hindu
Hindu
lunar months. Also illustrates Adhika Masa (Year 2-Bhadrapada) repeats; the first time the Sun
Sun
moves entirely within Simha Rashi thus rendering it an Ashika Masa

Twelve Hindu
Hindu
mas (māsa, lunar month) are equal to approximately 354 days, while the length of a sidereal (solar) year is about 365 days. This creates a difference of about eleven days, which is offset every (29.53/10.63) = 2.71 years, or approximately every 32.5 months.[30] The twelve months are subdivided into six lunar seasons timed with the agriculture cycles, blooming of natural flowers, fall of leaves, and weather. To account for the mismatch between lunar and solar calendar, the Hindu
Hindu
scholars adopted intercalary months, where a particular month just repeated. The choice of this month was not random, but timed to sync back the two calendars to the cycle of agriculture and nature.[30][31] The repetition of a month created the problem of scheduling festivals, weddings and other social events without repetition and confusion. This was resolved by declaring one month as Shudha (pure, clean, regular, proper, also called Deva month) and the other Mala or Adhika (extra, unclean and inauspicious, also called Asura masa).[50] The Indian mathematicians who calculated the best way to adjust the two years, over long periods of a yuga (era, tables calculating 1000 of years), they determined that the best means to intercalate the months is to time the intercalary months on a 19-year cycle. This intercalation is generally adopted in the 3rd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 16th and 19th year of this cycle. Further, the complex rules rule out the repetition of Mārgasirsa (also called Agahana), Pausha
Pausha
and Maagha lunar months. The historic Hindu
Hindu
texts are not consistent on these rules, with competing ideas flourishing in the Hindu
Hindu
culture.[51] Rare corrections[edit] The Hindu
Hindu
calendar makes further rare adjustments, over a cycle of centuries, where a certain month is considered kshaya month (dropped). This occurs because of the complexity of the relative lunar, solar and earth movements. According to the Hindu
Hindu
calendar theory, states uriel Marion Underhill, "when the sun is in perigee, and a lunar month being at its longest, if the new moon immediately precedes a samkranti, then the first of the two lunar months is deleted (called nija or kshaya). This, for example, happened in the year 1 BCE, when there was no new moon between Makara samkranti and Kumbha samkranti, and the month of Pausha
Pausha
was dropped.[52] Day[edit] Just like months, the Hindu
Hindu
calendar has two measures of a day, one based on the lunar movement and the other on solar. The solar day or civil day, called divasa ( दिवस), has been what most Hindus traditionally use, is easy and empirical to observe, by poor and rich, with or without a clock, and it is defined as the period from one sunrise to another. The lunar day is called tithi (तिथि), and this is based on complicated measures of lunar movement. A lunar day or tithi may, for example, begin in the middle of an afternoon and end next afternoon.[53] Both these days do not directly correspond to a mathematical measure for a day such as equal 24 hours of a solar year, a fact that the Hindu
Hindu
calendar scholars knew, but the system of divasa was convenient for the general population. The tithi have been the basis for timing rituals and festivals, while divasa for everyday use. The Hindu
Hindu
calendars adjust the mismatch in divasa and tithi, using a methodology similar to the solar and lunar months.[54] A Tithi
Tithi
is technically defined in Indian texts, states John E. Cort, as "the time required by the combined motions of the sun and moon to increase (in a bright fortnight) or decrease (in a dark fortnight) their relative distance by twelve degrees of the zodiac.[55] These motions are measured using a fixed map of celestial zodiac as reference, and given the elliptical orbits, a duration of a tithi varies between 21.5 and 26 hours, states Cort.[55] However, in the Indian tradition, the general population's practice has been to treat a tithi as a solar day between one sunrise to next.[55] A lunar month has 30 tithi. The technical standard makes each tithi contain different number of hours, but helps the overall integrity of the calendar. Given the variation in the length of a solar day with seasons, and moon's relative movements, the start and end time for tithi varies over the seasons and over the years, and the tithi adjusted to sync with divasa periodically with intercalation.[56] Weekday/Vāsara[edit] Vāsara refers to the weekdays in Sanskrit.[57] Also referred to as Vara and used as a suffix,[11] the Indian names for the weekdays based on zodiac planets was adopted from the Greeks
Greeks
around the 3rd century CE, because they are not mentioned in earlier Sanskrit
Sanskrit
or Pali texts, nor are they found in any ancient inscriptions. The correspondence between the names of the week in Hindu
Hindu
and other Indo-European calendars are exact.[58][59] The weekday of a Hindu
Hindu
calendar has been symmetrically divided into 60 ghatika (= 24 hours), each ghatika is divided into 60 pala (= 24 minutes), each pala is subdivided into 60 vipala (= 24 seconds), and so on.[58]

Names of the weekdays in regional languages

No. Sanskrit[58][59] Latin weekday Celestial object Hindi Bhojpuri Punjabi (Hindus and Sikhs)[note 1] Bengali Assamese Marathi Odia Kannada Telugu Tamil Malayalam Gujarati Nepali Kashmiri

1 Ravivāsara रविवासर or Aditya vāsara आदित्य वासर Sunday/dies Solis Ravi, Aditya = Sun Ravivār रविवार Aitwār एतवार Aitvār ਐਤਵਾਰ Rôbibār রবিবার Dêûbār/Rôbibār দেওবাৰ/ৰবিবাৰ Ravivār रविवार Rôbibārô ରବିବାର Bhānuvāra ಭಾನುವಾರ Ādivāraṁ ఆదివారం Nyayiru ஞாயிறு Njaayar ഞായർ Ravivār રવિવાર Aaitabar आइतवार Āthvār आथु'वार اَتھ وار ‬

2 Somavāsara सोमवासर Monday/dies Lunae Soma (deity), Chandra
Chandra
= Moon Somavār सोमवार Somār सोमार Somavār ਸੋਮਵਾਰ Śombār সোমবার Xûmbār সোমবাৰ Somavār सोमवार Somôbārô ସୋମବାର Sōmavāra ಸೋಮವಾರ Sōmavāraṁ సోమవారం Thingal திங்கள் Thinkal തിങ്കൾ Sōmavār સોમવાર Sombar सोमवार Çāņdėrvār च़'न्दु'रवार ژندر وار‬

3 Maṅgalavāsara मंगलवासर or Bhaumavasara भौम वासर Tuesday/dies Martis Maṅgala = Mars Maṅgalavār मंगलवार Mangar मंगर Maṅgalavār ਮੰਗਲਵਾਰ Môṅgôlbār মঙ্গলবার Môṅôlbār/Môṅgôlbār মঙলবাৰ/মঙ্গলবাৰ Maṅgaḷavār मंगळवार Môṅgôḷôbārô ମଙ୍ଗଳବାର Maṁgaḷavāra ಮಂಗಳವಾರ Maṁgaḷavāraṁ మంగళవారం Chevvai செவ்வாய் Chovva ചൊവ്വ Maṅgaḷavār મંગળવાર Mangalbar मंगलवार Bomvār बोमवार پم وار ‬

4 Budhavāsara बुधवासर or Saumya vasara सौम्य वासर Wednesday/dies Mercurii Budha
Budha
= Mercury Budhavāra बुधवार Buddh बुध Buddhavār ਬੁੱਧਵਾਰ Budhbār বুধবার Budhbār বুধবাৰ Budhavār बुधवार Budhôbārô ବୁଧବାର Budhavāra ಬುಧವಾರ Budhavāraṁ బుధవారం Arivan (Tamil tradition)/puthan அறிவன்/புதன் Budhan ബുധൻ Budhavār બુધવાર Budhabar बुधवार Bödvār बॅदवार برھ وار‬

5 Guruvāsara गुरुवासर or Brhaspati vāsara बृहस्पतिवासर Thursday/dies Iovis/Jupiter Deva- Guru
Guru
Bṛhaspati
Bṛhaspati
= Jupiter Guruvār गुरुवार or Brihaspativāra बृहस्पतिवार Bi'phey बियफे Vīravār ਵੀਰਵਾਰ Brihôśpôtibār বৃহস্পতিবার Brihôspôtibār বৃহস্পতিবাৰ Guruvār गुरुवार Gurubārô ଗୁରୁବାର Guruvāra ಗುರುವಾರ Guruvāraṁ, Br̥haspativāraṁ గురువారం, బృహస్పతివారం, లక్ష్మీవారం Vyazhan வியாழன் Vyaazham വ്യാഴം Guruvār ગુરુવાર Bihibar बिहिवार Brêsvār ब्रसवार برس وار‬

6 Śukravāsara शुक्रवासर Friday/dies Veneris Śukra = Venus Śukravār शुक्रवार Sukkar सुक्कर Śukkaravār ਸ਼ੁੱਕਰਵਾਰ Śukrôbār শুক্রবার Xukurbār/Xukrôbār শুকুৰবাৰ/শুক্রবাৰ Śukravār शुक्रवार Śukrôbārô ଶୁକ୍ରବାର Śukravāra ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ Śukravāraṁ శుక్రవారం Velli வெள்ளி Velli വെള്ളി Śukravār શુક્રવાર Sukrabar शुक्रवार Shokụrvār शो'कु'रवार شۆکٕروار‬

7 Śanivāsara शनिवासर Saturday/dies Saturnis Śani = Saturn Śanivār शनिवार Sanichchar सनिच्चर Śanīvār ਸ਼ਨੀਵਾਰ Chhanicchharavār ਛਨਿੱਚਰਵਾਰ Śônibār শনিবার Xônibār শনিবাৰ Śanivār शनिवार Śônibārô ଶନିବାର Śanivāra ಶನಿವಾರ Śanivāraṁ శనివారం Kaari (Tamil tradition) /shani காரி/சனி Shani ശനി Śanivār શનિવાર Sanibar शनिवार Baţėvār बटु'वार بٹ وار‬

The term -vāsara is often realised as vāra or vaar in Sanskrit-derived and influenced languages. There are many variations of the names in the regional languages, mostly using alternate names of the celestial bodies involved. Five limbs of time[edit] The complete Indian calendars contain five angas or parts of information: lunar day (tithi), solar day (vara), asterism (naksatra), planetary joining (yoga) and astronomical period (karanam). This structure gives the calendar the name Panchangam.[11] The first two are discussed above. Yoga[edit]

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The Sanskrit
Sanskrit
word Yoga
Yoga
means "union, joining, attachment", but in astronomical context, this word means latitudinal and longitudinal information. The longitude of the sun and the longitude of the moon are added, and normalised to a value ranging between 0° to 360° (if greater than 360, one subtracts 360). This sum is divided into 27 parts. Each part will now equal 800' (where ' is the symbol of the arcminute which means 1/60 of a degree). These parts are called the yogas. They are labelled:

Viṣkambha Prīti Āyuśmān Saubhāgya Śobhana Atigaṇḍa Sukarma Dhṛti Śūla Gaṇḍa Vṛddhi Dhruva Vyāghatā Harṣaṇa Vajra Siddhi Vyatipāta Variyas Parigha Śiva Siddha Sādhya Śubha Śukla Brahma Māhendra Vaidhṛti

Again, minor variations may exist. The yoga that is active during sunrise of a day is the prevailing yoga for the day. Karaṇa[edit] A karaṇa is half of a tithi. To be precise, a karaṇa is the time required for the angular distance between the sun and the moon to increase in steps of 6° starting from 0°. (Compare with the definition of a tithi.) Since the tithis are 30 in number, and since 1 tithi = 2 karaṇas, therefore one would logically expect there to be 60 karaṇas. But there are only 11 such karaṇas which fill up those slots to accommodate for those 30 tithis. There are actually 4 "fixed" (sthira) karaṇas and 7 "repeating" (cara) karaṇas. The 4

Śakuni (शकुनि) Catuṣpāda (चतुष्पाद) Nāga
Nāga
(नाग) Kiṃstughna (किंस्तुघ्न)

The 7 "repeating" karaṇas are:[61]

Vava or Bava (बव) Valava or Bālava (बालव) Kaulava (कौलव) Taitila or Taitula (तैतिल) Gara
Gara
or Garaja (गरज) Vaṇija (वणिज) Viṣṭi (Bhadra) (भद्रा)

Now the first half of the 1st tithi (of Śukla Pakṣa) is always Kiṃtughna karaṇa. Hence this karaṇa' is "fixed". Next, the 7-repeating karaṇas repeat eight times to cover the next 56 half-tithis. Thus these are the "repeating" (cara) karaṇas. The 3 remaining half-tithis take the remaining "fixed" karaṇas in order. Thus these are also "fixed" (sthira). Thus one gets 60 karaṇas from those 11 preset karaṇas.

The Vedic day begins at sunrise. The karaṇa at sunrise of a particular day shall be the prevailing karaṇa for the whole day. Naksatra[edit] Nakshatras are divisions of ecliptic, each 13° 20', starting from 0° Aries. The purnima of each month is synchronised with a nakshatra.[citation needed] Festival calendar: solar and lunar dates[edit] Many holidays in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina traditions are based on the lunar cycles in the lunisolar timekeeping with foundations in the Hindu
Hindu
calendar system. A few holidays, however, are based on the solar cycle, such as the Vaisakhi, Pongal
Pongal
and those associated with Sankranti.[62] The dates of the lunar cycle based festivals vary significantly on the Gregorian calendar
Gregorian calendar
and sometimes as much as weeks. The solar cycle based ancient Indian festivals almost always fall on the same Gregorian date every year and if they vary in an exceptional year, it is by one day.[63] Regional variants[edit] The Indian Calendar
Calendar
Reform Committee, appointed in 1952, identified more than thirty well-developed calendars, in use across different parts of India.[11] Variants include the lunar emphasizing Vikrama, the Shalivahana calendars, as well as the solar emphasizing Tamil calendar and Malayalam
Malayalam
calendar. The two calendars most widely used today are the Vikrama calendar which is followed in Nepal
Nepal
as national calendar and also in the Indian regions like western and northern India
India
and the Shalivahana or Saka calendar
Saka calendar
which is followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra
Maharashtra
and Goa.[citation needed] See also[edit]

Hindu
Hindu
astrology Hindu
Hindu
chronology Hindu
Hindu
units of measurement List of Hindu
Hindu
festivals Panchangam Panjika Ancient Vedic units of measurement Perpetual Calendar
Calendar
of 800 Years Pambu Panchangam Kollam era

Notes[edit]

^ Punjabi Muslims use Urdu/Arabic words for Friday
Friday
/ Saturday
Saturday
etc.[60]

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Vaisakhi
(North & Central India, Nepal) Vishu
Vishu
(Malayali)

Holy days

Akshaya Tritiya Amalaka Ekadashi Vaikuntha Ekadashi Kamada Ekadashi Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Shayani Ekadashi Pausha
Pausha
Putrada Ekadashi Varuthini Ekadashi Prabodhini Ekadashi Ekadashi Gowri Habba Karva Chauth Mahalakshmi Vrata Nirjala Ekadashi Raksha Bandhan Sankranti Nag Panchami Savitri Brata Amavasya Sharad Purnima Kartik Purnima Datta Jayanti Pradosha

Holy periods

Chaturmas Dhanurmas Pitru Paksha Uttarayana Dakshinayana

Hindu
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festivals

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topics

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Philosophy

Concepts

Brahman Om Ishvara Atman Maya Karma Samsara

Purusharthas

Dharma Artha Kama Moksha

Niti

Ahimsa Asteya Aparigraha Brahmacharya Satya Dāna Damah Dayā Akrodha

Schools

Astika: Samkhya Yoga Nyaya Vaisheshika Mimamsa Vedanta

Dvaita Advaita Vishishtadvaita

Nastika: Charvaka

Texts

Classification

Śruti Smriti

Vedas

Rigveda Yajurveda Samaveda Atharvaveda

Divisions

Samhita Brahmana Aranyaka Upanishad

Upanishads

Aitareya Kaushitaki Brihadaranyaka Isha Taittiriya Katha Maitri Shvetashvatara Chandogya Kena Mundaka Mandukya Prashna

Upavedas

Ayurveda Dhanurveda Gandharvaveda Sthapatyaveda

Vedanga

Shiksha Chandas Vyakarana Nirukta Kalpa Jyotisha

Other

Bhagavad Gita Agamas Itihasas

Ramayana Mahabharata

Puranas Minor Upanishads Artha
Artha
Shastra Dharma
Dharma
Shastra

Manusmriti Nāradasmṛti Yājñavalkya Smṛti

Sutras Stotras Subhashita Tantras Yoga
Yoga
Vasistha Yoga
Yoga
Sutras of Patanjali

Deities

Trimurti

Brahma Vishnu Shiva

Ishvara Devi Deva Saraswati Lakshmi Parvati Shakti Durga Kali Ganesha Kartikeya Rama Krishna Hanuman Prajapati Rudra Indra Agni Dyaus Bhumi Varuna Vayu

Practices

Worship

Temple Murti Puja Bhakti Japa Bhajana Naivedhya Yajna Homa Tapa Dhyana Tirthadana

Sanskaras

Garbhadhana Pumsavana Simantonayana Jatakarma Namakarana Nishkramana Annaprashana Chudakarana Karnavedha Vidyarambha Upanayana Keshanta Ritushuddhi Samavartana Vivaha Antyeshti

Varnashrama

Varna

Brahmin Kshatriya Vaishya Shudra

Ashrama

Brahmacharya Grihastha Vanaprastha Sanyassa

Festivals

Diwali Holi Shivaratri Raksha Bandhan Navaratri

Durga
Durga
Puja Ramlila Vijayadashami
Vijayadashami
(Dasara)

Ganesh Chaturthi Rama
Rama
Navami Janmashtami Onam Pongal Makar Sankranti New Year

Bihu Gudi Padwa Pahela Baishakh Puthandu Vaisakhi Vishu Ugadi

Kumbha Mela Ratha Yatra Teej Vasant Panchami Others

Other

Svādhyāya Namaste Bindi Tilaka

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