Janmashtami day : This year, Sri Krishna Jamashtami is on Aug 14th 2009. Ashtami ends at 11-45am on Aug 14th. Rohini Nakshatram starts at 10.50 pm on August 14th and lasts till 9-34 pm on Aug 15th (Indian Independence Day). Janmashtami is celebrated for over two days as “Rohini” nakshatra and Ashtami rarely fall on the same day. Some cultures favor the naksatra and others favour the tithi. Some Gurus have directed that Aug 13th be celebrated as janmashtami because Ashtami starts on Aug 13th at : 1 pm as per some calendars and at 9 am as per some calendars
The name of this year is Sri Virodhi Nama Samvatsaram. This is Sravana Masam, Krishnapaksham (The dark half of the month). Virodhi is the 23rd year of the 60 year cycle Brhapsati Yuga that starts with Prabhava etc. Once every 60 years, the Sun, Moon and Jupiter line up.
Krishna’s birth and Ascent: It has been calculated that Sri Krishna was born on Wednesday, the eighth day of second fortnight in Sravana month in the year of Visvavasu (on July 19th 3228 BC (BCE)). He lived for 125 years and discarded his mortal coils on February 18th 3102 BC on the new moon night of Phalguna. His death was the onset of the current age known as Kaliyuga.
Some Calculations and Questions : Visvavasu is the 39th year of the 60 year cycle. This means that Sri Krishna lived a little more than two full cycles. It also means that year 1 of kaliyuga would be Saumya nama Samvatsara.
While we begin the count of the 60 year cycle with Prabha, Vibhava etc., in earlier times they started the count with Vijaya. Vijaya is the 27 th in the cycle. This may have some significance that helps us with the dating of ancient texts.
In the 89th year of of Jayabhyudaya Yudhisthira Saka, in the Plavangakhya Samvatsara (The year named Plavanga), Janamejaya gave a gift of land to some munis.
- Assuming No Intercalary Years in that short period (no data for this assumption – just to simplify calculations)
- Taking Sri Krishna’s birth and ascent as given.
- The Janamejaya danasasana patram is a fact, and it does not mention the Kaliyugam. Only the Plavangakhyam and 89 Jayabhyudaya Yudhisthira Sakam.
- If Saumya Samvatsaram was indeed kaliyuga 1, then Plavangakhya would be kaliyuga 58 and Kaliyuga 118 and so on.
- This would give us a basis for tying the year 89 of the Jayabhyudaya Yudhisthira Sakam to kaliyuga 58 OR Kaliyuga 118
- Let us see what further research will reveal.
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