PANCHANGAM INTRO – DIVISIONS OF TIME IN HINDU PANCHANGAM

Telling time has been refined to a science in the Hindu culture. And nowhere is time given greater prominence than in the Hindu temple. If you are accustomed to Western time concepts, the following overview of time from the Hindu per- spective will be illuminating.   ANNOUNCING TIME/SPACE COORDINATES—THE SAMKALPA The samkalpa, a formal statement of intent chanted aloud by the priest be- fore each temple ceremony, designates the time and place of the puja. It is divided into several sections. Vedic Calendar lists this chant for each day with … Continue reading

GLOSSARY ON HINDU PANCHANGAM

aadheenam: A Hindu monastery/ temple com- plex in the South Indian Saivite tradition. Also re- ferred to by the general terms: madam, mutt, math and peedam. Adi: The Tamil name of the fourth month of the Hindu year (in which the new year begins in mid- April). Adi extends from mid-July to mid-August on the Gregorian calendar. Aipasi: The Tamil name of the seventh month of the Hindu year (in which the new year begins in mid-April). Puratasi extends from mid-October to mid-November on the Gregorian calendar. almanac: A yearly … Continue reading