Re: Origins of Christmas. [Must See]
- Thank you for the info.
From: Arun Upadhyay <arunupadhyay30@...>
Sent: Thu, December 30, 2010 6:41:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Aryakrishti Vedic Dharma] Origins of Christmas. [Must See]
Quoted from History of the Calendar, by M.N. Saha and N. C. Lahiri (part C of the Report of The Calendar Reforms Committee under Prof. M. N. Saha with Sri N.C. Lahiri as secretary in November 1952-Published by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001, 1955, Second Edition 1992.
Page, 168-last para-“Caesar wanted to start the new year on the 25th December, the winter solstice day. But people resisted that choice because a new moon was due on January 1, 45 BC. And some people considered that the new moon was lucky. Caesar had to go along with them in their desire to start the new reckoning on a traditional lunar landmark.”
Importance of winter solstice was ancient and Bhīṣma Pitāmaha departed on that very day in year 3139 BC-36 years before death of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Now that day is called Christmas, though it was intended to be new year day. It has been assumed that the start was from new moon day. Actually, it was from start of Māgha month of Vikrama year 11 lapsed. Vikrama samvat is only year which starts with dark half-all other lunar years start from bright half starting with new moon. Strong following of Vikrama samvat, just 10 years after its inception in Rome against wishes of Caesar shows influence of Vikramāditya.
Page 180-“It has been shown by Dr. Hashim Amir Ali of the Osmania University, Hyderabad, that the Mohammedan calendar was originally luni-solar in which intercalation was made when necessary, and not purely lunar. ….
According to this view, proper intercalation was applied in all years where necessary up to A.H. 10 and consequently the year A.H. 11 which started on March 29, 632 A.D.
(Footnote)-Initial epoch of the Hejira era thus arrived at is the evening of March 19, 622 A.D., Friday, the day following the vernal equinox.”
Thus, Hejira era also started with start of year in India-it was start of Vikrama year 679.
-Arun Kumar Upadyay
From: Sudhir-Architect <ar_sudhirkumar@...>
Sent: Sun, 26 December, 2010 1:14:43 AM
Subject: [Aryakrishti Vedic Dharma] Origins of Christmas. [Must See]
Origins of Christmas. Is it a ancient Pagan Sun festival.