Across the world, the common practice is to follow the Gregorian Calendar, named so after Pope Gregory XIII, who unveiled it to the world in 1582. This was a successor to the older Julian Calander, which had been dictating the world’s dates since the time of the Roman Empire. However, this calendar is used for civil purposes. Did you know that India has it’s own calendar too?
Vikari Nama Samvatsara: The Hindu Calendar and its purpose
One of the main difference between the Gregorian and the Hindu calendar is that while the Gregorian calendar adds additional days to make leap years and to ensure a balance between the cycle of the moon and the 365 solar days, the Hindu calendar adds a full month after every 32-33 months to ensure that festivals and other auspicious dates fall on the right time and in the right season.
Indeed, according to this Hindu Calendar, known also as the shaka calendar. We are not in the year 2020, but rather in 1941. This is because the Shaka calendar counts from what is called the 78 CE according to the Gregorian calendar. As per scholars, this year is termed as Vikari Nama Samvatsara by Pachangs across the country and began on April 6th.
Vikari Nama Samvatsara: What does Vikari Nama Samvatsara hold?
According to scholars, astrologers, and pandits, this year can be called a time of ‘consistent inconsistencies’. This means that turbulence, uncertainties, and disturbances would be a defining feature of this year. The only thing that would be stable is the insatiable nature of things. It also marks the beginning of a period of psychological disturbances, internal conflicts, and insecurities on a personal and collective level. It would also give the opportunity to learn self-control, a much needed psychological skill in these times of excess and distractions.
The planetary positions of the first day of Vikari Nama Samvatsara suggest that the chart has Cancer (Karka) as Lagna. Venus, Mercury, and Neptune are in the Kumbha (Aquarius) in the eighth house. While the Sun and Moon are placed in the ninth house and are in the Meena (Pisces). It is the ascent in Karka that is the root cause of the many changes expected during this year.
Political and social developments are also expected to flare up, which are bound to bring renewed questions to everyone about the way they relate to each other and the country as a whole. The negative news is also expected to cast a shadow in the realm of love, as divorces are set to increase and many love affairs doomed to fail. Chronic illnesses are also set to be on a rise, along with increased terror threats, communal conflicts, and mental pollution
Vikari Nama Samvatsara and Your Life
Though the outcast seems a little gloom, there is no reason why you should give up and wait with folded arms for things to unfurl. Though the year is expected to be hard in several quarters, it is important to see it as an individual and collective challenge rather than an inevitable happening. For it is only when times are hard that our mettle is tested. This year is bound to bring in tough times for everyone, but if we bind together, we can surely overcome these rocky waters. Indeed, it is important to not let these cautious predictions make us fearful, but rather we should look to our strength and ensure that we come through this year stronger.