Hindu New Year
Hindu New Year – The most common calendar used through out the world in general is the English or Georgian calendar. Most popular calendar system used by Hindus is the Vikrami Samvat, started by the King Vikramaditya.
Samvatsaraor in short ‘Samvat ’is a Sanskrit term for ‘year’. In Hindu tradition, the ‘Vikrami Samvat’ or ‘Vikram Samvat’as started by the King of Ujjain (India) is very popular and followed by astrologers and priests.
Samvatsaraor a period of roughly a year is the time during which the planet Jupiter with its average speed movesthrough one sign. While transiting in the Zodiac, Jupiter at different times is at varying distances from the Earth, so it is under different celestial influences during a cycle of sixty years. Keeping this fact in mind our wise ancients gave distinct name to each Samvatsara and interpreted unique result for each.
The following table lists the names of all sixty Samvatsaras in a cycle:
Name of Samvat
Name of Samvat
Welcoming the Vikrami Samvat – 2070 …
The name of the Vikrami Samvat – 2070 which starts from 11th April 2013 is ‘Prabhava’. The new Vikrami Samvat each year starts from the 1st lunar date of the Lunar month of Chaitra. This year it falls on the 11th of April 2013.
Predicting General Results of the Vikrami Samvat – 2070 …
The scriptures give the general result of each Samvat through Shalokas (Verses). The following verse is about the PrabhavaSamvat:
As per the above verse during the Prabhava Samvat people in general may suffer due to actions taken by the authorities.
There may be scarcity of eatables and potable water. There will be danger of fires, weapons, diseases and wars with enemies. Terrorist activities, natural calamities and accidents may be prominent in the news.
General Results for children born during Vikrami Samvat – 2070 …
Pandit Dhundhi Raaj, the writer of the scripture ‘Jatak Bharnam’ predicted general results for children born during the ‘Prabhava’ Samvat’ as follows:
“The native born in the ‘Prabhava Samvatsara’ is intent on the collection of all kinds of things, will be blessed with many sons, have excellent intellect, and enjoy all kinds of comforts and a long span of life.”
So it is a good news in general for all those children who will be born during this Vikrami Samvat.
The Hindu New Year day is celebrated by different names and in different ways in all parts of the country.
The day begins with ritualistic oil-bath followed by prayers. Having an oil bath and eating Neem leaves are rituals suggested by scriptures. People in northern India bigin nine days Chaitra Navratri Puja on the same day and also eat Neemleaves with Mishri on the first day.
People get up early in the morning, take bath and wear new clothes then light oil lamps(Deepak) and decorate their houses with flowers of pink, red, purple or yellow colours.
Women make Rangoli designs on floorswith colour powders. Devotees bring home idols of Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of wealth) and Lord Ganesha (God of well beginning and remover of obstacles).
Prayers are offered and prasaad is distributed among family members and gifts and sweets are exchanged with each other.
Article by: Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar