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Makar Sankranti 2015 – Time to Finally Get it Right

Filed in News by on January 2, 2015 • views: 28631

Makar Sankranti 2015 – Time to Finally Get it Right?
The 6 month period of the Northern Course of the Sun (Uttarayana) is venerated in Vedic texts as the realm of the Devas (Gods). It begins on the Winter Solstice and ends on the Summer Solstice each year. Yet Due to a mixup in the intent of ancient texts and the astronomy / Zodiacs, the Northerns course is falsely thought to happen between roughly January 14 and July 14th each year.

In the video below I discuss this (and other things) with Satguru Bhodinatha Swami of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. They have been performing 8 Pujas a day to Lord Siva since 1973 – evoking the sacred Cosmology of Kalpa, Yuga, Ayana and the Panchangam, etc 8 times per day.

Makar Sankranti 2015 – Time to Finally Get it Right? – VIDEO

 

Satguru Bhodinatha of the Kauai’s Hindu Monastery Says:

“It is one of the first realizations we had and we had the courage to put it forward, because it is still minority opinion.” “It is particularly important because you are supposed to do major ceremonies, like temple consecrations in Uttarayana and if you think it ends three weeks late you can be doing ceremonies in July, when they are supposed to stop after June 21 each year.” (When Uttarayana ends, on Dakshinayana, first day of Summer)

How This Happened – Two Zodiacs and a 1500 Year Old Mistake

Early authors of astrology made statements about the two Zodiacs that lead to much confusion in retrospect. These authors spoke of the two zodiacs, that at the time occupied the same space – AS IF they would always be occupying the same space. Perhaps they were just doing this for the sake of expediency, (which is most likely) but 2,000 years later it has led to errors, such as celebrating Makar Sankranti on the Sidereal ingress of the Sun into Capricorn, when clearly it was meant to be a Tropical Zodiac / Seasonal celebration.

Below are quotes from the astronomical / astrological text Brihat Samhita, from Varahamihira 400-500 AD. In this section he is describing when the Northern Course occurs, both in his time, and from the past. It is clear he is aware of the precession, and that the commencement of these Ayanas will not always be on the first days of (Sidereal) Capricorn or Cancer.

From Brihat Samhita (500 AD):
“There was indeed a time when Dakshinayana began from the Middle of Aslesha and Uttarayana from the commencement of Dhanishta. For it has been stated so in ancient works.

At present, Dakshinayana (Southern Course – first day of Summer) starts from the beginning of (Sidereal) Cancer and the other (Northern Course – Uttarayana – first day of Winter) from the initial point of (Sidereal) Capricorn. This actual fact, which goes against the old statement can be verified by direct observation.”

Notice he says, “at present Dakshinayana starts,…”. He is making it clear that in earlier times the Northern and Southern courses happened in Nakshatras that were in higher degree than at the time of his writing. Thus, instead of zero Cancer and Capricorn, the Summer and Winter Solstices were happening when the Sun was at least 23:20 (0 Dhanishta – middle Aslesha) of their respective signs – a time at least 2000 years earlier (approximately).

As we can see, and can measure scientifically, 1500 years ago, the “Return of the Light” coincided with the Sidereal Zodiac and Tropical Zodiac both at 0 Capricorn and Cancer – just as thousands of years earlier it happened when the Sun was in the middle of Cancer and Capricorn.

Currently, Uttarayana happens when the Sun is in the middle of Mula (6:40 Sagittarius) Dakshinayan happens at 0 Ardra (6:40 Gemini) – on the first days of TROPICAL Capricorn and Cancer.

To celebrate Makar Sankranti January 14-15 each year is just repeating a 1500 year old mistake.

The Courage to Question – Vedic Sciences Are Not Religions

I have brought this mistake up for several years now, and often I am met with people who get offended that I would dare question “The Sastras”, “the Traditions”,…etc. The Sastras are correct. It is those who do not understand them that need to get straight.

As Satguru Bhodinatha-ji said in the video above:
“”It is particularly important because you are supposed to do major ceremonies, like temple consecrations in Uttarayana and if you think it ends three weeks late you can be doing ceremonies in July, when they are supposed to stop after June 21 each year.”

These great Sciences were passed down through Rishis, (Spiritual Scientists – Like Parashara and Jaimini, Vyasa and others) who would not have wanted or allowed blatant factual errors to persist for thousands of years, especially at important moments and energetic openings that exists at the Cardinal points of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

Does anyone actually think a Rishi would NOT correct this error in the Zodiac interpretation on this holiday.

I actually had a few people last year lecture me that there are a “different set of truths from the east and the west” and I should “open up my mind since I represented Vedic teachings”. I “owed it to the tradition” to just accept these inconsistencies because they were all great and from the sastras, etc.

Nonsense.

We disgrace both the religion and the Science when we bury our head in the sand this way.

This is the same religious thinking that caused the Catholic Church to excommunicate Galileo and Copernicus for daring to say the (interpretation of the) Bible was wrong in asserting that the Earth was the center of the Universe etc.

It is totally understandable and excusable for people (and even governments) to have repeated this error, but it is time to overcome the religious thinking and actually experience a “Return of the Light” and celebrate Makar Sankranti when it is supposed to be celebrated, on the Winter Solstice not the first day of Sidereal Capricorn.

REQUEST – SPREAD THE WORD:
India now has a very Spiritual prime minister, Narendra Modi. I believe that if he was aware of this mistake he would correct it – and India would start celebrating the Solstice at the Proper time.

If enough people go to this Facebook photo album and his Facebook Page – and post this message, perhaps we can make a difference.

Copy and Paste this: (also post it at other location that make a difference)

>> It great to celebrate the Sun’s ingress into Makara – Sidereal Capricorn – but we need to correct the awful mistake of thinking this day correlates with the Uttarayana, (Northern Course) or that to continue repeating this error is just an “insignificant detail”. It is not insignificant.
According to Satguru Bodhinatha of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery :
“It is one of the first realizations we had (at the Monastery) and we had the courage to put it forward, because it is still minority opinion.”
“It is particularly important because you are supposed to do major ceremonies, like temple consecrations in Uttarayana and if you think it ends three weeks late you can be doing ceremonies in July, when they are supposed to stop after June 21 each year.” (When Uttarayana ends, on Dakshinayana, first day of Summer).
Learn more about this and hear Vedic astrologer Sam Geppi interview with Satguru Bhodinatha about this and oter important matters here. We discuss the Uttarayana and Makara Sankranti about 13 minutes into the interview:
http://www.mydailyastrology.net/join/news/makarsankranti2015/ <<Also, we can hit his twitter account post with this (I did)
>>  Let’s celebrate Makara Sankranti, but we need to correct this mistake. It is not Uttarayan. Namaste  <<

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  1. 1defreducer1 says:

    Makarsankrant means that Sun travels upto makar rashi and then starts returning back towards cancer and the return oath is in North which in sankrut is Uttarayan which in India is the real winter settings.
    But I reality it is earth which rotates around sun in tilted position so for the six month orbit transit it appears as if sun returns from makar to cancer. How ever this can be understood better from Swami Dayanandji of Arsh vidya Gurukulam who has ashram at India and various countries. He has one at Sylosberg PA. His FB link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArshaVidyaGurukulam/
    India ashram link
    He is one of the renowned saint of Hinduism and also is leader of saints. He also knows our PM
    Narendra Modi who in his own standing also is well versed with our religion and is Shakti Bhkata
    Who performs daily pooja and keeps fasting during Navaratri like most pious Hindus for Nine days in each solstice middle in month of Aso and Chaitra of our lunar calendar year.

    • Sam Sadasiva Geppi says:

      “Sun travels upto makar rashi and then starts returning back towards cancer and the return oath is in North which in sankrut is Uttarayan which in India is the real winter settings. ”

      You are totally incorrect about all of this .. please stop misinforming people.

      Satguru Bhodinatha of the Kauai’s Hindu Monastery Says:

      “It is one of the first realizations we had and we had the courage to put it forward, because it is still minority opinion.” “It is particularly important because you are supposed to do major ceremonies, like temple consecrations in Uttarayana and if you think it ends three weeks late you can be doing ceremonies in July, when they are supposed to stop after June 21 each year.” (When Uttarayana ends, on Dakshinayana, first day of Summer)

      How This Happened – Two Zodiacs and a 1500 Year Old Mistake

      Early authors of astrology made statements about the two Zodiacs that lead to much confusion in retrospect. These authors spoke of the two zodiacs, that at the time occupied the same space – AS IF they would always be occupying the same space. Perhaps they were just doing this for the sake of expediency, (which is most likely) but 2,000 years later it has led to errors, such as celebrating Makar Sankranti on the Sidereal ingress of the Sun into Capricorn, when clearly it was meant to be a Tropical Zodiac / Seasonal celebration.

      Below are quotes from the astronomical / astrological text Brihat Samhita, from Varahamihira 400-500 AD. In this section he is describing when the Northern Course occurs, both in his time, and from the past. It is clear he is aware of the precession, and that the commencement of these Ayanas will not always be on the first days of (Sidereal) Capricorn or Cancer.

      – See more at: http://www.mydailyastrology.net/join/news/makarsankranti2015/#sthash.MfAOp24h.dpuf

      • 1defreducer1 says:

        Scientifically, currently in the Northern Hemisphere, winter solstice occurs between December 21 and 22. Day light will begin to increase on 22 December and on this day, the Sun will begin its northward journey which marks Uttarayaan.[2] The date of winter solstice changes gradually due to the Axial precession of the Earth, coming earlier by approximately 1 day in every 70 years. Hence, if the Makara Sankranti at some point of time did mark the day after the actual date of winter solstice, a date in mid-January would correspond to around 300CE.
        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makar_Sankranti

        • Sam Sadasiva Geppi says:

          “winter solstice occurs between December 21 and 22. Day light will begin to increase on 22 December and on this day, the Sun will begin its northward journey which marks Uttarayaan”,.. correct – not what you said originally:
          “Makarsankrant means that Sun travels upto makar rashi and then starts returning back towards cancer and the return oath is in North which in sankrut is Uttarayan which in India is the real winter settings.”

          thanks for looking into it and getting it right.

          • 1defreducer1 says:

            Thanks.
            As Sun is in Dhan rashi and Guru is The Lord of that rashi shubha karya is not done in till Makar Sankrant and as winter bring good harvest, all puja starts only after Makar Sankrant. There for the festivities are held only after Makar Sankrant and so in certain part of India this is known as Uttarayan which is celebrated with Kite flying and traditional foods from the new harvest. I t is also know as Ponagl in certain part of India too. Details are in this reference of Wikipedia as well in the previous one http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttarayana

          • Sam Sadasiva Geppi says:

            🙂 Yes!