Calculating the Panchanga

For all the forumulas given below, lmoon refers to the longitude of the moon, and smoon refers to the longitude of the sun at some point in time. DATE The date forms the basis of the information for the calendar and is the reference point. VARA (WEEKDAY) The weekday cannot be determined from astronomical factors. However, there are existing algorithms which can take any gregorian/julian day and will compute the weekday from it. MAASA (MONTH) There are three different kinds of months Solar Month – Starts when the sun moves … 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